Surrounding the ancient Baoguo Temple, the statues were built with the state’s approval in 2010. They now fell victim to the purge of open-air Buddhist icons.
Active for generations, places of worship for indigenous religions are being demolished throughout the country, authorities claiming that they are illegal.
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.
Outside Xinjiang, in the provinces with a high concentration of Muslims, Chinese symbols and traditions are increasingly taking over anything Islam-related.
The CCP is forcing clergy to interpret the Bible according to the core socialist values, transforming the Christian doctrine so that it exists in name only.
Pressuring to join the state-approved church, authorities installed surveillance cameras and stationed police officers to intimidate the pastor and believers.
Citizens of the upper-class suburb of Hampstead have become accustomed to Andrew. Come rain or shine, this Orthodox Jew protests every week against CCP atrocities.
CCP is intensifying ideological indoctrination in schools by glorifying revolutionary past and making students cram the current Communist Party doctrines.