Court rules Bulgarian gov’t violated Christians’ rights by calling them ‘dangerous religious sects’

(LifeSiteNews) — In a victory for religious liberty in Eastern Europe, the European Court of Human Rights unanimously condemned the Bulgarian government for actions that “interfered disproportionately” with evangelical Christians’ “right to freedom of religion.”

On Dec. 13 in a case filed by pro-life and pro-marriage legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, the European high court ruled that a circulatory letter and public notice issued in 2008 by Bulgarian government officials and sent to schools calling evangelical Protestant churches “dangerous religious sects” that “contravene[d] Bulgarian legislation, citizens’ rights and public order” and risked generating “mental disorders” in its members constituted a violation of religious liberty.

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