Buddhist and Taoist places of worship fall victim to the government’s religion suppression crackdowns, which they execute on trumped-up pretexts.
The CCP intensifies crackdowns against Buddhists and Taoist outdoor statues by removing or modifying them. Even the smallest religious symbols must go.
Authorities across China are demolishing places of worship at odd hours to avoid protests from believers, who are left with no chance to voice their grievances.
Across the country, the CCP is “transforming” temples into cultural auditoriums, government offices and elderly activity centers.
Buddhist and Taoist places of worship are continuously taken over by the government. Believers are dispersed, religion replaced with “red” cultural activities.
The government orders to change the appearance of temples, prohibits religious words and traditional ceremonies. Some believers end up in police custody.
Since last year, Taoism, long considered as China’s traditional religion, suffered the most severe crackdown since the Cultural Revolution.
Ancient or new, Buddhist, Taoist, and folk religion temples continue to be suppressed; even those with proper government certification and approval are demolished.
Buddhist and Taoist temples fall victim to increasing religious suppression in the name of “sinicization.” If not destroyed, they are turned into propaganda venues.