Regulations to “protect” minors from religion reach a new level of absurdity, as churches near schools are forced to close, asked to share lists of youth members.
Regulation on Religious Affairs
New regulations are banning the sale of religious books, including the Bible, and churches and temples are threatened with the burning of scriptures.
Continuing its campaign to eliminate religions of all kind, Chinese officials have systemically been dismantling religious symbols from places of worship.
Authorities destroyed another government-approved Protestant church for refusing to raise the national flag and sing the national anthem.
A local Religious Affairs Bureau in Hubei Province summoned local Buddhists to a meeting about the newly revised Regulations on Religious Affairs. Not only were they required to pay a participation fee, but also had to purchase national flags and fire extinguishers.
After the temple was sealed off in March this year and all the monks were driven away, one of them kept coming back since he had nowhere else to live. Each time he was discovered by local officials who ordered him to leave.
Authorities in Henan are coercing the owners at commercial establishments such as hotels and supermarkets to remove the signboards or face consequences.
More than 100 believers in Almighty God were recently arrested in various cities across Jilin.
Officials are implementing a variety of new anti-religious activities, including the repurposing of religious venues, mobilizing relatives to “transform” believers, as well as extensive anti-religious propaganda campaigns.