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TEASA launched the religious liberty commission in 2010 in order to serve Christians around the world who suffer persecution for their faith. Delegates at the launch remarked:
‘The significance of this gathering is to raise awareness in, but also empower the church to act, in respect of issues concerning religious freedom all ever the world. Various forms of persecution, some subtle and some violent and oppressive, take place in many if not most countries as we speak. Gone are the days of ignorance and complacency. We cannot take our religious freedom for granted any more. We need to stand up for our right to worship our Lord, not only for ourselves but also on behalf of our brothers and sisters being persecuted across globe.’ Prof Rassie Malherbe – Johannesburg
Twenty Christian leaders had the opportunity on 31st August to workshop on different aspects of Religious freedom. The participants were made acutely aware of the plight of the persecuted church. Various ways were discussed in which the Religious Liberty Commission can contribute to the prevention of religious persecution which included the introduction of the Charter Of Religious Rights and Freedoms, engagement on these issues in the African Union and influencing the constitution writing process of African constitutions to ensure religious freedom. Issues of advocacy, UN reductions against defamation of religion and most importantly prayer for the persecuted church was discussed. The meeting was indeed significant in as far as it has created an effective network of organizations who are likeminded and has been able to define clear objectives for the TEASA Religious Liberty Commission.’ Teresa Conradie – Attorney
The chairman of the commission is Mr Murray Louw.