Originally Posted by theimp98
its all based on the goverments mood at the time.
No, it's based on whether or not the religion is registered with the state. Christians who don't belong to the state church (TSPM) get thrown into jail. Christians who do belong to the state church are free to worship in the state-approved churches. Most Christians do not belong to the state church and worship in house churches, basements, caves, and wherever they can to avoid detection and arrest and so they are practicing their religion illegally according to Chinese law.
One reason I keep harping on the legal definition is because it applies to the Dalai Lama, the subject of this thread. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual head of the Buddhist religion. However, in China and Chinese-controlled countries (Tibet) he isn't recognized and they've installed their own Dalai Lama in their state-approved Buddhist religion. Buddhists who still follow the original Dalai Lama are subject to arrest and Buddhists who acknowledge the Chinese-approved Dalai Lama are free to practice Buddhism.
There is religion in China but it's been subverted by the Chinese Communist Party to be used as a tool in their control of their people. So there's religion, and there's religion....there's Buddhism and there's Buddhism.....there's Christianity and there's Christianity.....you can't make a blanket statement that covers all.