Though native to China, Taoism has also become a target of the anti-religion campaign: places of worship closed and converted, traditional temple fairs prohibited.
Fearing admonishment by higher authorities, Shandong’s officials intensified crackdowns on temples and outdoor religious venues, eliminating statues of deities.
Patriotic ideology and traditional Chinese culture forcefully replacing religious activities, churches pressured to stage plays and operas to transform faith.
Prohibited from believing in God themselves, Party members and officials are pledging to watch for and persecute all religious activities.
Persecution is escalating in this eastern province: local officials were preparing for higher-ups’ visits by cracking down on churches and investigating believers.
Increased surveillance of ethnic minorities and people of faith was implemented in preparation for the 70th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
The “five-on-one system” assigns officials and relatives to monitor each member of China’s banned religious groups who is released from custody.
CCP is reaching new highs in making religions more Chinese: the statue of “First Guanyin of Shandong” gets a facelift, in the most literal sense of the word.
Preparing for the President’s visit to Shandong’s Qingdao city to attend Navy Day celebrations, authorities are increasing security in the name of “maintaining stability.”