Like all communist party-states, the CCP maintains a general contempt for religion, viewing it as an existential threat to its absolute control over Chinese society. We should take them at their word: The CCPâ€™s Administrative Measures for Religious Organizations clearly states that religious organizations must â€śeducate and guide religious staff and religious citizens to support the leadership of the CCP and support the socialist system.â€ť
Beijing has set an explicit goal of eliminating all religion from China, but it recognizes that such radical change takes time. The result is draconian restrictions placed on faith and the politicization of religious teachings, with the hope that, gradually, such life-draining constraints will deprive faith of its ability to speak to people.
Beijingâ€™s goal of eliminating religion stems from a broader quest to impose ideological uniformity on China, and...
""Like all communist party-states, the CCP maintains a general contempt for religion, viewing it as an existential threat to its absolute control over Chinese society""
As a political philosophy the unsaved part of the world see communism simply as an ideology which doesn't quite fit all types. Therefore they assume it is simply a matter of changing the minds of those who are besotted by it. EG: China and Russia.
But it is more than human philosophy - it is a belief system which dominates the minds of reprobates all over the planet. There are many Democrats in the US who favour this kind of people dictatorship. There are many in UK politics who also want communist despotics for British people control.
Communism invariable results in a Stalin figure at its head - with a few heads chopped on his way up the ladder.
Why are people so gullible and stupid?
Because that is the human way, just look at false religions such as popery, anglican, episcopalian, JW's, mormons buddhism, and all the other fairy tales which people believe.
So in communism "Truth" is the very last idea you want in peoples brains. After all domination is what politicians want - And they 'KNOW BEST' don't they???
Big Brother communism is tyranny over the gullible and credulous.
While I was growing up, QC, John Lennon was my hero and role model. John wore his hair long, so I wore my hair long. John smoked pot and dropped acid, so I did the same. John was an atheist; so was I. Itâ€™s only by the marvelous grace of God that I didnâ€™t follow John straight into perdition. â€śGrace, grace, Godâ€™s grace, grace that is greater than all our sin.â€ť
No surprise here for those of us who have watched communist regimes in the past. How sad that the West has such a short memory, and is increasingly embracing socialist and Marxist dogmas and approaches as solutions to precieved societal problems.
Applied more locally, there are a nbr of states or municipalities that have limited religious expression, but not other activities, in the face of the global pandemic. Sure seems like a first step.
One of the Progressive prophets, John Lennon, once wrote a song called Imagine. That's their dream.