China has prohibited the copying of hymns as its ban on the printing of religious materials in recent months takes mounts new height.
The government now inspectis printing houses for possible violations.
An eyewitness, manager of a printing house in Luoyang in the province of Henan disclosed that his business was inspected on September 14 for religious materials.
The manager told Bitter Winter, a watchdog that monitors religious liberty violations in China that any religious content makes the issue political, not religious.
In China, banners on the streets say people are allowed religious beliefs but in reality the only faith people can practice freely is that in the Communist Party.
He said they checked his storehouse, scrutinized all records, and even looked at paper sheets on the floor, to see if they have prohibited content,
He said if any such content is found, he’ll be fined, or his business may be closed.
The ban on the printing of illegal religious materials applies to the photocopying of hymns for use in church services.
A worker at a second photocopying business in Luoyang also said that he does not even dare to make copies of two sheets with religious hymns because of strict investigations.
He revealed he was told to report anyone who comes to copy religious materials.
Reports disclosed that printing business that breaks the law and prints religious materials could be closed, with its owner and manager jailed.