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China: Religion and Chinese Law The Law Library of Congress 2 citizens.2 The government’s treatment of certain groups, such as unregistered Christian churches, Falun Gong practitioners, Tibetan Buddhists, and Uighur Muslims, ha s raised particular concerns. 3 II. The Chinese regulations protect the government from religion by changing the religion. They are not protecting the beliefs of a religion itself, but are actively modifying the beliefs to the “official state” religion and calling that “normal”. Article 4b Once again, we see religious schools added to the regulations. zongjiao gongzuo da shi yaojian (Outline of Major Events in Religious Work in the New China) (Beijing: Chinese culture (huawen) press, ), pp. Herein perhaps lay a recognition of the limits of CCP policies that under Mao attempted to repress local religious practices and traditions. See generally, Edward Friedman. China is striking the "final blow to religious liberty" with new administrative measures set to take place in February with total submission to the Chinese Communist Party, according to a watchdog.
All religious establishments in China will be bound by the new Regulations for Religious Affairs that came into force today (1 February). The regulations, which define the administrative framework around religious activities, have the stated aim of “protect [ing] citizens’ freedom of religious belief”. Still, you can’t keep religion down, and after Mao died in , as soon as the s there was a reflowering of practices which had previously been banned, as related in your second book pick, Qigong Fever by David Palmer. When I was in China in the s, and further back in the s, there was a movement called Qigong. China's Law on National Regional Autonomy, General Principles of the Civil Law, Education Law, Labor Law, Compulsory Education Law, Electoral Law of the People's Congresses, Organic Law of the Villagers' Committees, Advertisement Law, and other laws stipulate that all citizens, regardless of their religious beliefs, have the right to vote and. After the reform of religious regulations of , it is enforced with great rigidity. Churches have been shut down simply because mothers entered them with their infant children in their arms. Two final remarks. The “red market” was established originally to prevent the presence in China of religious bodies with international connections.
What do China’s new regulations mean for the nation’s religions? Gerda Wielander runs the rule over the regulations. The Chinese Communist government has recently published a new set of regulations governing religion. They have been widely met with fear over the possibility that they may herald a further harsh clampdown on religious activity in China, in particular by Christian groups. The regulations also say for the first time that religion must not harm national security, which could give security services in China greater authority to target spiritual groups with ties overseas. For example, Chinese officials have already banned residents from attending some religious conferences in . Article 17 reads: "Religious organizations must spread the principles and policies of the Chinese Communist Party, as well as national laws, regulations, rules to religious personnel and religious citizens, educating religious personnel and religious citizens to support the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, supporting the socialist system, adhering to and following the path of socialism with Chinese . Decree of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China No Regulations on Religious Affairs, adopted at the 57th Executive Meeting of the State Council on July 7, , are hereby promulgated and shall become effective as of March 1, Premier Wen Jiabao Novem Regulations on Religious Affairs Chapter I General.