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The Development And Major Problems Of Religious Legislation In Taiwan

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Taiwan is a multi-religious society. In addition to some temples and churches with folk beliefs, there were also nine major officially registered religions - Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Li-ism, Tenrikyo, Syuan Yuan Jiao, and Bahá'í. The situation did not change until the late 1990s, when the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) eased restrictions on the registration of religions. This chapter first discussed the current legal status of religions in Taiwan and the three types of legal status for religious groups. At present, the law governing religion is the Regulation of Supervising Temple, which was made in early Republican China in 1929. The main spirit of this act is to supervise the property of the temple and protect it from being taken by force and put to improper use. The proposal of the draft of Law of Religious Organizations represents a new era in religious legislation in Taiwan.

Keywords: MOI; Republican China; Taiwan



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