Beijing Law Seen as a New Control on Religion

ZENIT, July 24, 2002
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BEIJING, JULY 24, 2002 (Zenit.org) (http://www.zenit.org).- The Beijing city government has issued a lawOff-site Link ostensibly protecting the “normal” practices of religious people and organizations.

But in fact the measure enables authorities to exercise stricter control of all religious activities, says the Misna missionary agency.

Beijing continues its persecution against Christians who do not belong to the state-approved “patriotic church,” which does not recognize papal authority. The government also opposes sects such as Falun GongOff-site Link, a spiritual movement combining TaoismOff-site Link and BuddhismOff-site Link.

The municipal People’s Congress recently passed the Provisions on Religious Affairs, which takes effect Nov. 1.

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