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Regulations to “protect” minors from religion reach a new level of absurdity, as churches near schools are forced to close, asked to share lists of youth members.
The Chinese government has declared schools to be church-free zones and is taking steps to enforce its will. Bitter Winter obtained a copy of a document entitled Implementation Plan on the Special Governance of Private Christian Gathering Sites, which was issued by the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs of a city in the northern Shanxi Province. The document calls for the “centralized remediation” of religious meeting venues near colleges and universities (remediation being a euphemism for removing the unwanted churches).
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The document titled Implementation Plan on the Special Governance of Private Christian Gathering Sites, which was issued by the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs of a city in Shanxi Province.
Another document, entitled Key Tasks of Phase Three and Division of Labor of Units Directly Under the County Government, issued by the Religious Affairs Bureau of a county in the central Henan Province, stipulates: “All private Christian gathering sites around universities and colleges, as well as on-campus activity sites, are to be shut down in accordance with the law. Criticism and (re)education of participating teachers and students is to be carried out by the school authorities.”
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In addition to the private churches mentioned above, the government-approved Three-Self Church has also faced closures due to proximity to schools. Bitter Winter obtained a copy of a “responsibility statement” for shutting down a religious meeting place. The document, issued by the authorities of a county in Henan, states: “This meeting place is an approved site, but because it was too close to a school” it was closed down in August 2018. Government officials responsible for this matter have promised that “there will be no reversal of the decision...
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