Tiny Taiwan Stands Up to Anti-Faith Tyranny

By Susan Korah | Convivium

George Leslie Mackay, the legendary Scottish-Canadian missionary who introduced Christianity to Taiwan and founded the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan in the 19th century, would be proud.

The East Asian country, 180 kilometres off the south-eastern coast of mainland China, is a bulwark of democracy and haven of religious freedom in a region where severe persecution of faith communities and political dissidents by authoritarian regimes is the norm.

Taiwan has no restrictions on religion. About 35 per cent of its 23 million people are Buddhists, 33 per cent are Taoists, and five per cent are Christians, according to a 2017 study by the US government.