The CCP is reaching new highs of “creativity” in crushing religious belief, by revamping statues of Buddha and Lao-Tzu to look like Chinese emperors and writers.
After the CCP ordered a crackdown on religious statues, many were modified in bizarre ways as this was the only alternative to destruction. Bitter Winter here collects several typical cases for our readers.
To save Buddhist and Taoist temples from demolition, believers hide or remove religious statues, replace them with images of China’s past and current leaders.
The Arhat Mountain scenic area, built with private funds to pay tribute to Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism, came under the government’s attack.
Over the past few months, multiple Buddhist and Taoist temples were forcibly dismantled or shut down in Hubei Province.
The CCP is spending exorbitant sums of money and workforce to eliminate all outdoor religious symbols by demolishing or concealing them.
The government of Chongqing municipality is demolishing Taoist and Buddhist symbols, as part of the nationwide crackdown on outdoor religious statues.
Even symbols of traditional Chinese spiritual teachings are not spared in the campaign to eliminate all religions, as Taoist symbols and temples face demolition.
Buddhist and Taoist places of worship fall victim to the government’s religion suppression crackdowns, which they execute on trumped-up pretexts.