China Bans Children From Attending Churches

The Chinese Government have banned children
from attending churches in the country.
This is in a bid to tighten their grip on religious

The new directive by the Government also prohibits
children from attending religious sermons and other
related activities across China.
This control on churches in the country started
several years ago when places of worship were
told to remove crosses from their buildings in
Zhejiang Province.
A researcher for Amnesty International, William
Nee, who spoke to MailOnline UK, said, “At this
point it’s unclear how widespread the ban on
children attending church services are in China, but
these alarming reports seem to be coming in from
fairly diverse areas throughout the country.”
Nee further said that the move reflects the
tightening control of religion in “particular Islam and
Christianity under the present administration” in the
Asian country.

She added, “In an important speech on religion last
year, the President, Xi Jinping, said that young
people must study science, believe in science and
develop a ‘correct’ worldview and set of values.
“It could be that the government is concerned that
young people going to church or religious activities
may challenge their monopoly on truth and the
government’s ability to instill its own historical
narratives and worldview through the public
education system.” 

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