Separation of Church and State

Time for church to render unto Caesar

On most topics, a columnist like yours truly gets a few responses at most, but write something naughty about the Catholic and Anglican churches and the faithful will, without fail, rally to the cause and put you in your place.

Friday, 20 January, 2012, 12:00am

Politburo meets to clarify party line on religion

'Spiritual socialism' to be tolerated

The powerful Politburo held a rare meeting dedicated to the governance of China's religious affairs in Beijing yesterday, state media reported.

20 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Religious groups get more room to move

Laws, not diktats, will govern the actions of the faithful, says state's watchdog

Beijing is revamping its religious policy, moving from control by diktat to the rule of law to curb arbitrary interference by the state and give religious groups more autonomy, a senior official says.

20 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Bush looks to religious right wing

Americans are a God-fearing people. Surveys show that 90 per cent believe in God, church attendance is among the highest in the world and the words 'In God We Trust' adorn every banknote.

7 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Draft law under fire for banning minority religions

Bill is biased against Confucianism and tribes with animist beliefs, critics say

A draft bill supposedly written to promote religious harmony has come under fire for being biased against minority religious groups and restricting religious freedom.

1 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

New faith in religion

As China opens itself up to the outside world, inevitably it will have to relax its grip on the religious practices of its people. Officially, it is estimated that there are 100 million practitioners of different faiths in China. The numbers who worship at unrecognised and underground churches are probably far greater.

29 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Taking a fresh look at on-line religion

THE approaching Christmas holiday season often turns the occidental mind towards religion.

The subject of religion and the computer is something I occasionally like to look at because I feel it has certain incongruities that are often dealt with in unusual ways.

5 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Upholding rule of law

HONG KONG'S Catholic Church hierarchy is putting its faith in the Basic Law. For the majority of its quarter million parishioners, this may be less a question of faith than of necessity. Unless they are in a position to emigrate or hide their religious affiliations, they will have little choice but to put the Basic Law's guarantees of freedom of conscience and religion to the test.

1 Jun 1995 - 12:00am

Persecution claims denied

CHINA'S religious chief has criticised bias and misunderstanding in Western countries over freedom of religious belief on the mainland, according to official reports.

8 Sep 1993 - 12:00am