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An American in China

Religion in China- Not

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 22, 2010

I am doing some research on religion in China, or the lack thereof. I would be interested to hear your experiences. I know that religion or its practices are not barred to foreigner with the caveat that they do not try to preach to the natives. What have you seen or heard?

Here is a snippet about possible reasons for China not having religion.

“One possible reason for China’s behavior has to do with its desire to assert its power as the state over its people. China itself has no opposition to religion, but its policy of closely monitoring religious groups shows that the state is concerned with people believing in “illegal religions.” By making beliefs illegal, the Chinese assert that a secular, atheist government is more important than anything else in the lives of its people. For instance, at the Olympic games in Beijing, the Chinese provided spaces for religious worship to foreign visitors, but these spaces were not open to the Chinese populace. This is, in effect, a statement by the Chinese that the right to religion is a state right and not a human right, which in turn is indicative of a belief that the state has more power and rights than the individual.

Read more at Suite101: The Motivations Of China’s Religious Persecution: Why China Restricts Religion – A Matter of Statism and Revolution http://religious-persecution.suite101.com/article.cfm/the_motivations_of_chinas_religious_persecutio#ixzz0rYFRRuB0

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