Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, And Religion

926 Words Jun 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Article 18. Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Focus countries: China, India
Religions in China: Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Islam, and Christianity
Buddhist 18.2%, Christian 5.1%, Muslim 1.8%, folk religion 21.9%, Hindu < .1%, Jewish < .1%, other 0.7% (includes Daoist (Taoist)), unaffiliated 52.2% (14)
85 % of Chinese people are religious or did in the past, 15 % are true atheists (2)
31 % of non-religious people have taken part in Buddhist actions, and around 17 million people have converted to Buddhism. This may be more accepted in part because it is the most popular religion (2)
Atheism is the most popular religiously affiliated idea (4)
Church meetings in the province of Zhejiang are disrupted and stopped by the government, the meetings are thought to be threats when tourists or media are involved in them (4)
In January, the pastor of China’s largest Protestant Church, Joseph Gu was arrested after he protested the government’s campaign to remove crosses from churches (11)
“It’s unprecedented persecution against the Church, where church leaders are going to prison, are being sent to mental institutions, are being beaten and tortured and where crosses have been forcibly removed from now over 1,800 churches…
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