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  1. Dim view of religion in less enlightened nations

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... A new study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found increasing restrictions on religious liberty between 2006 and 2009. The survey found that 'more than 2.2 billion people- about a third of the world's population- live in countries where government restrictions or social hostilities involving religion are increasing'. In many cases, the limits ...

  2. Politburo meets to clarify party line on religion

    Posted Dec 20th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of religion while recognising religion's power to unite society. 'Under new historical circumstances, we should hold fast to Marxism's point of view and to realise the fact that religions are going to exist in a socialist society for a long time,' Mr Hu said. The Marxist view of religion is often associated with the renowned phrase that 'religion is the opiate ...

  3. Religion and Basic Law

    Posted Mar 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Sara Yin

    ... active in delivering education and social services. Many of the oldest schools are run by churches.' Articles mentioning religion in the Basic Law: Article 136: Community organisations and individuals may run educational undertakings. Article 137: Schools run by religious organisations may continue to provide religious education, including courses in religion. Article 141: ...

  4. Religion, the glue that holds Europe together

    Posted Jun 18th 2009, 12:00am by Jonathan Power

    ... of Asia. Culturally, it has always been a potage of languages, peoples and traditions. Indeed it is religion, not politics or economic interests, that through the ages made Europe one, held ...

  5. Not all have faith in new wording on religion

    Posted Mar 13th 2004, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... and self-government and constructively make religion and socialist society adapt to each other'. The revision is the fifth in 50 years. Reacting to the revision, one scholar on religion said: 'The ... not be extended to regulating a 'belief', but it has kept a tight rein on the practice of religion, prohibiting religious assembly and proselytising without government approval. The revision ...

  6. Draft law under fire for banning minority religions

    Posted Dec 01st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... fire for being biased against minority religious groups and restricting religious freedom. Under a draft bill drawn up by the Religious Affairs Ministry, only five religions- Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Hinduism and Buddhism- are recognised as official religions in Indonesia. The country is predominantly Muslim. The proposed bill also bans marriage between people of different ...

  7. Politics has no place in religion: Buddhist leader

    Posted May 17th 2004, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... China Morning Post, Sik Kok Kwong said religion should be above secular affairs. The association he chairs represents Hong Kong's estimated 800,000 Buddhists. 'Buddhism is a religion ... the government. 'We will never become the opposition party.' When asked what religions should do in the face of social injustices, he said: 'When the time is not right, even if you mention ...

  8. Falun Gong should be banned in HK, says religion official

    Posted Mar 04th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma, Nailene Chou

    ... a vice-chairman, said government officials had finished drafting a regulation on the management of religions. ...

  9. US panel on religion scraps trip to Beijing

    Posted Dec 29th 2003, 12:00am by Ambrose Leung

    ... such as Myanmar and North Korea, for controlling religions. The report prompted a strong protest from Beijing. A four-member delegation from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, which ...

  10. Adviser hopeful US will press on religion

    Posted Apr 17th 2006, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Beijing's failure to live up to its pledge to ensure children had a right to practise religion and to clarify the number of people allowed to gather at homes for religious ceremonies without being ... adding that she also expected Mr Bush to raise concerns over Tibet and those detained for practising their religion. But she is not optimistic Mr Hu will make any commitment during his US visit ...




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