Slightly unusual for this Catholic blog, I share with you a letter from the general synod of the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. They write to the leaders of all political parties in parliament to urge them not to accept a proposed law that would prohibit ritual slaughter of animals, or any form of slaughter that does not involve sedation. This proposal, if made law, will severely curtail the freedom of religious expression in this country.

The discussion is lively on Twitter, but this is the first official response from a church community. Hopefully the Dutch bishops will follow suit. This proposal is one of the more serious potential infringements on religious freedom we have seen in recent times (matched only once in recent history, during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands…).

The letter makes some valid points why this should not become law. Go read the original or the English translation.

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