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Bhutan Bans Religious Activities Ahead of Elections

posted on October 17, 2012

At Religion News Service, Vishal Arora reports on a six-month ban on all public religious activities in preparation for the upcoming election in Bhutan. The ban is derived from a declaration in the constitution that calls for religion to be above politics. In the past, the government has banned religious clergy from voting to maintain that separation. However, some including filmmaker Tashi Gyeltshen think the ban will be confusing. “In Bhutan, it can be tricky. It’s a very religious country, Buddhism even provides for a Buddhist king,” Gyeltshen says. “So what’s the problem with clergy’s participation in politics?” 

Read at Religion News Service