Wednesday, September 15, 2004


ٌReligious Freedom for Chinese Muslims?ٌ

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Chinese Muslims forge isolated path

"Religious freedom is laid down in the Chinese constitution, but Hong Yang admits there are limits.

"It depends on how you interpret the word freedom. Our religious freedom cannot compare with other countries. We're only free to practice within the boundaries set by Chinese law and policy," he said.

"But we don't want to overstep those limits, as that might create conflict and instability for the whole society."

Spreading the faith is a duty for Muslims, but for the 20 million Muslims in China, it is only allowed within the confines of a mosque.*"

(*The emphasis in boldface characters is mine)

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