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Monday, November 13, 2006

Bush to pray in support of religious freedom

Agence France Presse reported that in public support of religious freedom, President Bush will attend a joint Catholic and Protestant church service during his visit to Hanoi for an APEC forum summit on November 18-19. Vietnam is among the State Department’s list of countries “of particular concern” for state oppression of religious freedom. Freedom of religion is stipulated in Vietnam’s constitution, but organized religious practices are only permitted after registration and approval by the government. According to the State Department’s 2006 International Religious Freedom Report, religious activities deemed by the Vietnamese government as subversive are officially prohibited.

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