Christian Groups Growing as Country "Returns to Religion"

July 31, 2003

Source: BBC News

On July 31, 2003 the BBC News reported on the situation of religion in Mongolia in the post-communist years: "Christian groups are proliferating so fast that they now outnumber official Buddhist organisations. But to Mongolia's conservative Buddhist elite, such rapid growth is deeply troubling. Some Christian groups now accuse the government of orchestrating a campaign to prevent them gaining new converts. It is a charge which Mongolia's devoutly Buddhist Prime Minister Enkbayar strongly denies. But he did acknowledge concern about the arrival of these new foreign religious groups in his once Buddhist country."