Re­li­gious be­liev­ers learn about laws in Char­ter Week

Global Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Zhang Han and Deng Xiaoci

The Is­lamic com­mu­nity in South­west China’s Yun­nan Prov­ince held a quiz con­test to pop­u­lar­ize the Con­sti­tu­tion and reg­u­la­tions on re­li­gious af­fairs dur­ing China’s first “Con­sti­tu­tion Week,” which was hailed by an ex­pert as a move to en­hance sta­bil­ity and the rule of law.

Some 300 Mus­lims from 12 cities and au­tonomous pre­fec­tures in Yun­nan formed 20 teams and com­peted on Tues­day, China’s fifth Con­sti­tu­tion Day, in Kun­ming, cap­i­tal of Yun­nan.

The par­tic­i­pants, who come from mosques and scrip­ture schools, ex­pressed en­thu­si­asm “greater than we had ex­pected,” said Dai Jun­feng, sec­re­tarygen­eral of the Yun­nan Pro­vin­cial Is­lamic As­so­ci­a­tion, which or­ga­nized the con­test.

Quiz ques­tions fo­cus on the Con­sti­tu­tion, other laws, re­li­gion-re­lated reg­u­la­tions, and the 19th Na­tional Congress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China.

“Given only one month to pre­pare for the con­test, par­tic­i­pants all per­formed very well, demon­strat­ing they at­tach great im­por­tance to the event,” Dai told the Global Times on Thurs­day.

A poem recita­tion per­for­mance held af­ter the con­test had lyrics say­ing, “I am proud to be a Chi­nese and to be a Chi­nese Mus­lim,” said Dai, show­ing be­liev­ers rec­og­nize that re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties must be con­ducted in line with laws and Chi­nese society.

Shen Guip­ing, a re­li­gious ex­pert at the Cen­tral In­sti­tute of So­cial­ism in Bei­jing, told the Global Times on Thurs­day that “le­gal ed­u­ca­tion used to be in­suf­fi­cient among re­li­gious groups, who have bet­ter knowl­edge of re­li­gious canons than the Con­sti­tu­tion and other laws.”

China launched its first “Con­sti­tu­tion Week” from Sun­day to De­cem­ber 8, with var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties to help peo­ple gain aware­ness of their le­gal rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

Copies of the Con­sti­tu­tion in dif­fer­ent eth­nic lan­guages were de­liv­ered to re­li­gious peo­ple-ma­jor­ity ar­eas such as the Ti­bet Au­tonomous Re­gion and the Xin­jiang Uyghur Au­tonomous Re­gion.

A light show on the rule of law was ar­ranged in the square in front of the Po­tala Palace in Ti­bet on Mon­day, lo­cal me­dia re­ported.

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