The U.S. government monitors religious freedom in Belarus but does not list the former Soviet state as a country of “particular concern.”
Russell Moore, president of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, urged U.S. senators to permit a vote on a bill to establish a new religious-freedom envoy in South Central Asia and the Near East.
Top leaders of the SBC Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission say homosexuality is a sin, but not every sinful act should be illegal.
Ukraine’s selection of a Baptist layman as interim president is getting attention in a country where the vast majority of religious people identify as Orthodox.
A mission team from Texas near violent protests in the Ukraine called for prayers that political unrest might lead to spiritual renewal in the former Soviet state.
A group of Baptists that claims the government has no right to require them to register with the government had another run-in with the law in Central Asia.
Police have resumed raids on meetings by unregistered Baptist churches in Belarus, according to reports by the international news service Forum 18.
Though a small minority in their country, Baptists in the Democratic Republic of Georgia are known not only for their work promoting interfaith goodwill but also for standing for religious liberty for all.
A Baptist was fined in the Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe in September after three church members received religious magazines by mail from Belarus.