|Forum 18 is reporting that while evangelicals are happy about the new law others are objecting to its apparent exclusivity. As has been mentioned before Evangelicals were included among the five official religions communities. This is because the evangelical church substantially predates the war. The first Albanian evangelicals date to the 1980's while Serbian evangelicals date much earlier to 1967. The tradition of evangelical theology, though not called "evangelical" specifically dates into the 1800's.|
Whle the text of the law hasn't been released pubically, as far as I know, the text of the parliament's submission to UNMIK is here.
Pastor Aslimovski is incorrect, however, in stating that the Evangelical community is in fact Pentecostal, as indicated in his quote below. KPEC, the evangelical community of Kosovo is a voluntary organization of protestant churches and organizations who hold to the Lausanne Covenant. This is the only confessional/doctrinal requirement for membeship. I wholeheartedly agree with him that the law should be clear on how religious communities get legal status. It should not be left until later. Only when we see the final text of the law will we really know where we are on that question.
While some Protestants are jubilant that the new religion law approved by the Kosovo Assembly on 13 July has been amended by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) to specify five of the faiths by name that enjoy rights and freedoms (Muslims, Orthodox, Catholics, Jews and Evangelicals) others are critical. "If it is true that the Evangelical (Pentecostal) church is mentioned it is not right, since all should be mentioned or none," Adventist pastor Nikola Aslimovski complained to Forum 18 News Service. UNMIK promulgated the law on 24 August, but only made this public on 20 September. The law fails to tackle the highly contentious issue of how and which religious communities will get legal status. "Everything should be nailed down in one law," one religious freedom expert told Forum 18. "Nothing should ever be left vague to be returned to later."