Update: Jul 15, 2021 10:15 AM STI
Beijing [China], July 15 (ANI): On the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on July 1, the Chinese government pressured churches and mosques to glorify the Communist Party above all else.
Jianli Yang, writing in National Review, said that to project the image of a unified China, government authorities pressured religious leaders across the country to praise the glories of the ideology. and the CCP way of life.
Churches were asked to display banners with slogans of political ideology, to perform the national anthem before singing Christian hymns, and in general to demonstrate their loyalty to the CCP first and foremost and only secondarily to it. church.
The Chinese authorities subordinate inner faith in God to ostentatious public displays of faith in the party. The CCP has published rules covering all aspects of religious life, from forming groups to daily activities involving worship and prayer, all of which must be approved by the Communist government, National Review reported.
On February 18, 2020, the Religious Affairs Bureau in Shenyang, Liaoning Province issued a notice to religious groups in the region specifically stressing the need to defend Xi Jinping’s policies.
On April 14, 2020, the Tri-Autonomous Patriotic Movement (TSPM) affiliated with Protestants in Fujian Province responded to pressure by calling for the installation of posters promoting fundamental socialist values in all places of worship.
Members of the clergy were urged to implant these values in the minds of believers through Sunday sermons and worship services, in order to instill devotion to the principles of the CCP in their daily lives, Jianli said.
If the CCP encounters any form of resistance or refusal to help spread government propaganda, local authorities threaten to shut down churches.
The fear is so great that in a press release on October 1, 2020, the anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, Wang Qingwen, senior pastor of Jinghe New Town, Shaanxi Province, called on six Christian churches to adhere to the teachings. patriotic. of the CCP and promote the sinization of Christianity, Jianli wrote.
This phenomenon of constant indoctrination and blatant submission to Communist norms is spreading across all religious groups, Jianli said.
Between August 10 and August 16, 2020, the Gansu Province United Front Work Department (UFWD) organized the first training cycle for leading Islamic clerics in Gansu Province and the directors of temple management committees. at the Lanzhou Islamic Institute.
The UFWD said the training was aimed at Sinicizing Islam and promoting the principles of the CCP, Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, and political history, culture. and the legacy of the CCP through the prism of education.
While this process of expanding the reach of the CCP has been going on for over a year, on November 1, 2020, China began its seventh national census. As part of the data collection, China has not hesitated to snoop on its own citizens and extract unauthorized information.
Enumerators were tasked with recording religious materials and symbols in each household to verify whether the house was being used as a private religious place or as a place for groups to gather. Residents have been warned to stop organizing gatherings of any kind.
In Yantai City, Shandong Province, local police even asked enumerators to report household items with pictures if they were associated with the Falun Gong Buddhist movement.
In Heze City, Shandong Province, police ordered enumerators to report anyone who refused to enter their home, which could indicate it was being used to host religious gatherings, National Review reported. .
Jianli said that although the Chinese remain free to privately believe whatever they wish, they can only publicly preach and worship according to the dictates of the CCP.
It seems that while Chinese religious citizens struggle to focus on moral living, yet after 100 years, the CCP’s only goals remain domination, control, self-perpetuation, and self-glorification. (ANI)