Temples hold rally in Taipei following rumored ban on incense
Jul 23, 2017Business & FinanceComments Off on Temples hold rally in Taipei following rumored ban on incense
Representatives from nearly 100 temples took to the streets of central Taipei on Sunday afternoon. They were protesting what they said was the government's plans to ban the burning of incense and spirit money at temples.
Government spokesperson Alex Huang said that the talk of a ban on incense was only a rumor. He said that the government cannot and will not interfere in religious freedom, which he said was the right of citizens in a democratic society.
However, Huang did say the government would take a proactive role in working with temples to find ways to balance religious tradition and environmental protection. The spokesperson said that some temples have already cut down on the use of incense or banned it altogether. But he said these are decisions reached by temples themselves, and are not a result of EPA requirements.