Prayers and Prophecies

In this piece for the New York Times, I write about how religious groups are mobilizing to help fight the coronavirus.

As always, the government's reaction is mixed--some religious groups (the state-approved ones) are welcome to donate mostly money, while others (underground groups) are being prevented from helping. And as usual there's little role for real on-the-ground help. In other words, religions are welcome to send money but not people.

It's another example of the government's wariness of civil society and ultimately hobbles the relief effort.

Category: New York Times, Project China values and beliefs, Christianity, Chinese politics, Buddhism, Daoism, China folk religion, Project Civil Society, 
Posted by: ian
Feb 23, 2020