China mulls major restrictions on online ministries

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Chinese Christians have one month to tell their government what they think of proposed new rules that ban the sharing of prayer, Bible reading, baptism, communion, and other forms of religious activity online.

China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) posted a draft yesterday of new regulations on online religious activities that would “forbid the streaming of religious ceremonies (live on the internet), including prayer, preaching, and even burning incense,” reports AsiaNews, which broke the story.

The new measures, contained in 35 articles, are “much more restrictive and analytical” than regulations on religious activities in real life that went into effect in February, according to AsiaNews.

For example, they establish that anyone who wants to open a religious site must seek permission from the authorities and be judged morally healthy and politically reliable.

Read the full story at Christianity Today.

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