To accelerate the “sinicization” of religion, China’s regime compels preachers to indoctrinate congregations and turns places of worship into propaganda centers.
During 2019, many Catholic churches were closed down for refusing to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. Even state-run churches are suppressed.
The government of this Shaanxi Province city has adopted drastic measures to implement orders from Beijing to eradicate Buddhist, Taoist, and folk religion temples.
As religion “sinicization” campaign sweeps across China, the state repurposes places of worship, replacing spiritual texts and symbols with propaganda.
A state-run Christian monthly “sinicized” biblical stories, where Jesus is shown wearing traditional Han attire and Mary is personified as an ancient Chinese woman.
Ever since the restrictions started being implemented in the beginning of last year, the young are not allowed to practice their faith openly.
Places of worship, set up by Three-Self churches to facilitate believers with disabilities or in far-away regions, are facing increasing suppression by the state.
The campaign to eliminate unauthorized Islamic and Christian symbols is in full force, religious insignia replaced with communist propaganda or patriotic slogans.
By coercing congregations into signing mandatory “donation agreements” to give away churches, authorities attempt to present forced takeovers as “legitimate.”