Tag: Chinese Constitution

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Continuing Class Struggle and the Politics of Religion in China

In a recent post I wrote about the paradoxical treatment of religion in China’s Constitution. On the one hand, Article 36 of the Constitution guarantees freedom of religion. On the other hand, the same article puts clear conditions on this freedom, making it subject to the needs of the state as defined by the Communist Party of China.

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Does China’s Constitution Guarantee Freedom of Religion?

For the outside observer seeking to make sense of China’s religious policy, the Chinese Constitution presents quite a conundrum.

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Religious Policies in China

Defining Normal

As this article looks at the three key government documents that address religion in China, it focuses on the use of the word "normal." It looks at the definition of normal, the restrictions the government regulations actually place and the thinking that undergirds the regulations. The principals underlying them are discussed as well as the distinction between belief and practice.