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  1. Devil is in the detail of new rules on religion, say analysts

    Posted Jan 12th 2005, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... is the absence of any reference to the five religions of Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, and Protestant and Catholic Christianity, with experts saying they give much broader scope to include faiths ... stability. 'The authorities were playing a game of words, but the new rules are no better than the old ones,' said a scholar who had championed the enactment of a law on religion. ...

  2. Tumultuous tenure for religion chief

    Posted Mar 14th 2005, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... canonisation of Chinese saints put a spotlight on his administration. But the Communist Party also toned down long-held hostility towards religion, no longer calling it the 'opium of the people'. Instead it came up with a new theory of 'mutual adaptation' of socialism and religion, recognising that religion would be around for long to come. The administration has also ...

  3. Falun Gong four 'were not barred because of religion'

    Posted Sep 24th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy Four Taiwanese Falun Gong followers were refused entry to Hong Kong in 2003 not because of their religion but because officials feared they might pose a threat to public order, a court heard yesterday. 'There is no immigration policy of refusal of entry merely by the fact that they are members of Falun Gong or they are affiliated with the religious group,' ...

  4. Low-key religion

    Posted Nov 16th 2005, 12:00am by Freda Wan

    ... Freda Wan, Macau The general public in Macau has probably not heard of the Bahai religion. Little do they know there are 2,000 Bahais living in Macau- about the same number ... this time we felt more welcome. They were exploring what contribution we can make to the future of China.' Central government officials are apparently curious to see what solutions religions ...

  5. Keep politics out of religion

    Posted Apr 06th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching The death of Pope John Paul II underlines the gulf that still exists between the Catholic Church, with about 1 billion adherents, and China, with a population of 1.3 billion people- two of the world's largest and most important bodies. It ...

  6. Poet sued over teenage lust for Hindu deity

    Posted Apr 11th 2005, 12:00am

    ... S.N.M. Abdi in Calcutta One of India's leading poets has been sued for confessing that he fantasised about Saraswati- the Hindu goddess of learning, knowledge and the arts- as a schoolboy. Sunil Gangopadhyay, who has won India's highest literary ...

  7. Islamic law move threatens to 'Talebanise' Pakistan frontier province

    Posted Jul 14th 2005, 12:00am by Kashif Khan

    ... adherence to religion in public places and take steps to discourage un-Islamic practices by force. The ombudsman will also be empowered to hold government officials accountable. Anyone disobeying ...

  8. Pilgrims visit graves of Russian ancestors

    Posted Jul 01st 2005, 12:00am by Nailene Chou

    ... of wedlock to late Taiwanese president Chiang Ching-kuo, paying respect to the Chiang family shrine. 'Our ancestors brought the Orthodox faith to China and we want to practise the religion ...

  9. Have a little faith

    Posted Apr 28th 2005, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... including not interfering in domestic affairs in the name of religion'. Hopefully, the church and China can reach a meeting of minds whereby the church will not interfere in China's ... domestic affairs in the name of religion. Rather, it is more likely to be that the Communist Party insists on interfering in religious affairs. Frank Ching is a writer and commentator based in Hong ...

  10. A little harmony with Falun Gong will go a long way

    Posted Jun 13th 2005, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... of the national 610 office enjoys the full rank of a cabinet minister, while the head of the State Administration for Religious Affairs- which is responsible for managing mainstream religions- merely has ...




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