China Wants to Constrict Christian Activities with 26 New Rules.
The cross removal campaign was just the first step. Now the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) has issued a draft entitled Regulations on Religious Affairs with 26 new rules for religious practices. Here are some of what the regulations include:
- No religious activities that are not approved by SARA;
- No one may provide a venue for religious services that are not approved by SARA;
- No one may use their home for religious practices that are not approved by SARA (including home or family Bible studies);
- No publishing religious materials without approval from SARA;
- No foreign or domestic donations may be made to any religious organization that hasn’t been approved by SARA;
- No one may call themselves a pastor without the approval of SARA;
- No international religious exchanges may happen without the approval of SARA; and
- No one may study theology at school without the approval of SARA.
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