(愛國主義). The CCP uses slogans and rhetoric of civic patriotism to impose obedience on religions through “sinicization,” demanding that the love of country must always come before religion. The love of religion is tolerated just as a provisional and transient condition until all religions are finally eliminated. Through patriotism, “secular liturgies” are introduced in religious communities to ensure their observance of the “Core Socialist Values.”
A Nine-Year Jail Penalty for Distributing Falun Gong Leaflets
Persecution against Falun Gong continues in China—and a serious attack by masked thugs also happened in Hong Kong.
Pakistan: Adventist Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy
Sajjad Masih Gill was serving a life sentence from 2013 for allegedly offensive SMS. On appeal, judges said this was not enough.
Rural Settlements Ordered to Intensify Crackdown on Religion
In order to qualify as “Beautiful Villages,” they should report that illegal (and preferably also legal) religious activity has been eradicated.
Jehovah’s Witnesses: Disfellowshipping, Shunning, and the Ghent Ruling
Many do not understand how shunning exactly works. Erroneous representations of the practice may have influenced the Ghent judges.