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Palestinian Authority: Baptist church is illegitimate

Catholic World News - March 15, 2012

The Palestinian Authority has declared the First Baptist Church in Bethlehem to be illegitimate.

“They said that our legitimacy as a church from a governmental point of view is not approved,” explained an assistant pastor. “They said they will not recognize any legal paper work from our church. That includes birth certificates, wedding certificates and death certificates. Children are not even considered to be legitimate if they don’t have recognized paperwork.”

“People are always telling [Christians], ‘Convert to Islam. Convert to Islam. It’s the true and right religion,’” the church’s pastor added. “We’re not going to go quietly on this. Our church deserves the right to be equally recognized amongst all the other recognized denominations.”

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