Local authorities raid and close places of worship using various pretexts, from poverty alleviation to epidemic prevention.
Enumerators of the 7th census are told to ascertain people’s religious status and notify the police about detected religious symbols and “suspicious” behavior.
Churches and temples were rigorously restricted to reopen after coronavirus measures were eased, and authorities used the situation to expand control over them.
Places of worship were off-limits to believers amid the coronavirus outbreak, while activities to worship China’s revolutionary leader in temples were green-lighted.
Extending persecution of religious venues, the CCP demands them to contribute to the coronavirus relief fund, or they won’t be allowed to reopen after lockdown.
The government wants to ensure that all people of faith in China accept its ideological leadership. Those who disobey are punished.
China’s religious groups are happy to help when disasters strike. But much of their efforts, and collected donations, are exploited by the government.
With threats and abusing rights, the CCP makes its citizens give samples of their biometric data, often disguised as mandatory medical exams or other pretenses.
Religion is identified as the major “dark and evil force” behind “weak and lax” CCP organizations that are being investigated across China.