As China’s state-run Protestant Church is being turned into a tool to spread CCP’s ideology, its congregations are forced to study Marxist texts and accept atheism.
If direct harassment doesn’t help to “transform” priests, make them succumb to regime’s rule, then clergy’s relatives are bullied and congregations terrorized.
Amid bans on Christmas, state-run Protestant churches all over China were allowed to celebrate the birth of Jesus only by singing “red” songs and extolling the CCP.
The religious in China are subjected to even fiercer crackdowns, as the regime increases “stability control” to offset the effects of the pro-democracy movement.
As the deadline “to lift all impoverished households out of poverty by 2020” is approaching, the CCP is hailing its “great achievements.” People see it differently.
Protestant house churches, regarded as a threat to the regime due to large numbers of believers, face total extinction, people threatened to give up their faith.
Places of worship refusing to be controlled by the state are being shut down, while government-run churches are used to worship the Chinese Communist Party.
To cultivate submissive followers, CCP imbues students – from kindergartens to universities – with “red patriotism” glorifying China’s revolutionary past.
Regarded as “illegal,” the churches refusing to join state-controlled organizations, are raided and closed down.