Recent Chinese dealings with faith groups reflect a pattern of government restrictions on religion

The dictatorship is afraid of religion. It wants the People to be forced to believe only what the dictatorship wants the People to believe. The dictatorship is afraid that the People will begin thinking they don't have to live under the dictatorship and will overthrow it and replace it with grassroots democracy that guarantees freedom of religion.

In 2016, the most recent year for which the Center has religious restrictions data, the Chinese government was the most restrictive toward religious groups among all the 198 countries included in the study (it scored 8.8 out of 10 on the Government Restrictions Index).


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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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