The new laws give Communist Party officials the authority to bar children from religious services, decide the content of religious instruction, and approve or disapprove of the time and place of religious services.
The State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) has a new law with the assurance that all Chinese citizens are free to believe whatever they want and to engage in religious activity—as long as it’s within the tighter limits. The regulations include:
- No religious activities that are not approved by SARA.
- No one may provide a venue for religious services that are not approved by SARA.
- No publishing religious materials without approval from SARA.
- No foreign or domestic donations may be made to any religious organization that hasn’t been approved by SARA.
- No one may call themselves a pastor without the approval of SARA.
- No international religious exchanges may happen without the approval of SARA.
- No one may study theology at school without the approval of SARA.
The destruction of Golden Lampstand Church, where more than 50,000 Christians reportedly worshiped, was planted with explosives in an underground worship hall to demolish the building. It had been constructed with nearly $2.6m (£1.9m) in contributions from local worshippers in one of China’s poorest regions. Continue reading CHINESE CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION