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  Preferred Religion (2015)1: Atheist

  Majority Religion (2015)2: Not Religious (incl. Atheist) (38.8%)

Features Of Constitution

Is there a constitution?3 yes
Does the constitution state an official religion?3 no, by virtue of recognition of Atheism [Preamble]
Does the constitution provide for freedom of religion?3 yes [Article 36]
Does the constitution protect religious equality/non-discrimination?3 yes, within limited scope [Article 34]

Constitution

Constitution Year3 1982
Last Amended3 2018
Source3 Constitute Project
Translation3 Source is an English translation.
Current as of3 October 4, 2018

Constitution Excerpts (clauses that reference religion)3

Preamble

the guidance of Marxism-Leninism … [appears multiple times throughout Preamble]

[*Note: The ideology of Marxism-Leninism is overtly hostile to religion.]

Article 34.

All citizens of the People's Republic of China who have reached the age of 18 have the right to vote and stand for election, regardless of … religious belief …

Article 36.

Citizens of the People's Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief.

No state organ, public organization or individual may compel citizens to believe in, or not to believe in, any religion; nor may they discriminate against citizens who believe in, or do not believe in, any religion.

The state protects normal religious activities. No one may make use of religion to engage in activities that disrupt public order, impair the health of citizens or interfere with the educational system of the state.

Religious bodies and religious affairs are not subject to any foreign domination.


Sources

1.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Government Religious Preference (GRP) measures government-level favoritism toward, and disfavor against, 30 religious denominations. A series of ordered categorical variables index the state's institutional favoritism in 28 different ways. The variables are combined to form five composite indices for five broad components of state-religion: official status, religious education, financial support, regulatory burdens, and freedom of practice. The five components' composites in turn are further combined into a single composite score, the GRP score. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

2.  The Religious Characteristics of States Dataset Project: Demographics reports annual estimates of religious demographics, both country by country and region by region. It estimates populations and percentages of adherents of 100 religious denominations including second level subdivisions within Christianity and Islam. The RCS Data Project would like to acknowledge, recognize, and express our deepest gratitude for the significant contributions of Todd M. Johnson, the principal investigator of the World Christian Database, the co-principal investigator of the World Religion Database, and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia series.

3.  Text from country constitutions was copied from primary documents obtained online using a variety of sources, including the Constitute Project, World Constitutions Illustrated, and government sources. When the text was in a language other than English, it was translated to English by ARDA staff or with web-based translation utilities such as Google Translate. Emphases were added to the text by ARDA staff to differentiate religious content from non-religious content. Text is current to the date listed in the "Current as of" field shown above. Please contact us at support@thearda.com if you are aware of any incorrect information provided on this page.

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