I recently saw a TV program highlighting the plight of folks in Vietnam, regarding freedom to worship.
It appears that in several countries in the Far East (e.g. China, Vietnam, etc.) there are formal bodies set up to regulate religion (not just Christianity). Any who fall outside such prescriptive measures can be fined, imprisoned, beaten and tortured.
I had heard about this previously, when reading the book "The Heavenly Man", which concentrated on China's "House Churches", an underground Christian movement which simply worships in small groups. The recent program brought it acutely to mind, though.
With all the anti-religious debate that we've seen on this board during recent months, I just wondered where people stood on the subject of free speech. I do appreciate individual choice not to be proselytised, but what about folks who genuinely want some form of personally chosen religion in their lives?
Do you applaude the efforts of the Chinese / Vietnamese / etc. governments, to strictly regulate religion using whatever means are at their disposal?
Do you see it as an affront to basic human rights?
Do you have any other relevant opinion, to the topic at hand?