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The Independent reports:

A Chinese province with a large Muslim population has banned religion in nursery schools after a video of a little girl reciting the Quran was posted online.

The government in the northwestern province of Gansu reiterated the fiercely secular communist government’s rules forbidding the presence of religion in public schools.

It said the country’s constitution and education laws protect children.

“This video has drawn a gasp from the public, as many people are infuriated,” a statement from the education authority said….

The video shows the young girl wearing a black Muslim head covering and reciting verses from the Quran as her classmates look on.

Parts of China already have a ban on the burqa, Muslims have been advised not to fast during Ramadan and there are other restrictions on the practicing of religion

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