ADVERTISING
 
Sunday, January 20   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Bible literacy
How often do you read the Bible?







SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Neuchatel
 

Evangelical Pastor condemned for offering lodging to a rejected asylum seeker in Switzerland

“As a Christian, the principle of loving my neighbour leads my way of life”, says Norbert Valley. He has received the support of the Evangelical Alliance.

SOURCES Réseau Évangélique Suisse AUTHOR Evangelical Focus NEUCHATEL 07 SEPTEMBER 2018 12:23 h GMT+1
Norbert Valley, the Pastor condemned in Switzerland for hosting a rejected asylum seeker from Togo. / Photo: Réseau Evangelique Suisse

The acts of solidarity towards a Togolese migrant whose asylum application was rejected have led to a sentence against an evangelical Pastor in the Swiss Canton of Neuchatel.



Norbert Valley was condemned to pay a fine of 1,000 Swiss Francs (890 Euro) for “facilitating the illegal stay of a Togolese citizen, by offering him lodging and meals several times”.



The Public Prosecutor’s Office signed the ordinance on August 15, asking Valley to pay the costs of the proceedings (250 Fr). The conviction was based on Article 118 of the Swiss Foreigners Law, which punishes those who “in Switzerland or abroad, facilitate the entry, exit or illegal stay of a foreigner; or participate in preparations for this purpose”.



 



“LOVING MY NEIGHBOUR”



Norbert Valley will challenge the sentence, his lawyer said. The Pastor admits that he helped the rejected asylum seeker who was staying illegally in Switzerland.



Faced with the distress of the person, he decided to offer him refuge. “As a Christian, the principle of loving my neighbour leads my way of life”, Valley said.



 



SWISS EVANGELICAL ALLIANCE: SOLIDARITY IS NOT EXPLOITATION



 



The Swiss Evangelical Alliance (RES, in the francophone area of the country) reacted to the case. In a statement, the evangelical body said these kind of convictions are not new in Switzerland, which fuel the debate around the so-called “crimes of solidarity”. Norbert Valley happens to be a former President of the RES.



The evangelical organisation “regrets the fact that a regulation of the Foreigners Law to fight against the traffic of migrants is used to condemn people who, out of motives of conscience, have acted with solidarity”.



“Such a sentence seems to indicate that there is a criminalisation of solidarity in Switzerland”, the RES says. The law should “distinguish the altruistic solidary help of a person in need from activities consisting in exploiting the vulnerability of migrants”.



 



POLICE ENTERED CHURCH SERVICE



The RES also criticised the “very unusual and awkward intervention of the police in the midst of a worship service”.



It was in February, when the police officers visited a Sunday celebration of the Le Locle evangelical church to ask Pastor Valley to leave to the police station to be questioned.



The Swiss evangelical representatives lament “the lack of skill of the cantonal police of Neuchatel” and “struggle to understand the logic of such an intervention during a religious ceremony”.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Evangelical Pastor condemned for offering lodging to a rejected asylum seeker in Switzerland
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
VIDEO Video
 
China rises 16 places in Open Doors World Watch List China rises 16 places in Open Doors World Watch List

There has been an serious increase in persecution of Christian communities in China in the last months.

 
The source of longing, according to C.S. Lewis The source of longing, according to C.S. Lewis

Jerry Root compares the search for meaning of C.S. Lewis with Saint Augustine's reflections.

 
The reliability of the Bible The reliability of the Bible

Jim Cecy, Senior Pastor, Campus Bible Church, answers the question Why is a defense of the reliability of the Bible important?

 
Bulgarian evangelicals ask politicians to defend “basic freedoms” Bulgarian evangelicals ask politicians to defend “basic freedoms”

Protests and prayers continue in Bulgaria for the sixth week.

 
That night That night

“No one came ot help that night, no nurse to numb the fright...”

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.