Local officials are pressured to crack down on religions under threats to be expelled from the CCP and fired from their public office if they disobey.
Ancestral Religions in China
Under the CCP rule, any form of religion is banned: even worship of ancestors or ancient sages is banned.
As a result of crackdowns launched in April in the provinces of Zhejiang, Henan, and Hebei, some temples were demolished while others repurposed for government use.
Ahead of central government inspections and a significant international event, the province launched numerous campaigns against religion in 2019.
Tongcheng county government in Hubei Province launched a coordinated crackdown against folk religions by repurposing family shrines built to honor ancestors.
To implement orders from the central government, Liuhe town officials in Hubei Province are cracking down on Buddhist and folk religion places of worship.
Tongshan county government in Hubei Province is repurposing folk religion shrines, in which families have been paying respects to their ancestors for generations.
Nurtured through generations, sacred places for families to pay respect to their ancestors are taken over by the state for indoctrination, shut down or demolished.
People making offerings and sacrifices or praying for blessings are punished as part of the authorities’ drive to “eliminate feudal superstition.”