Why would we think that there is anything approaching religious freedom in China?
- Prior to the election on November 3rd, Biden had been seen as pro-China. So, the Liberal Democrat news media did its best to ignore anything negative about China.
- A large number of powerful American companies have business ties with China. So, the news media largely ignored anything negative about China. Why offend the people who buy advertisements?
- The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) both suppresses freedom of the press and has a large propaganda organization (see WHAT ABOUT CHINA’S COMMUNISTS? – Citizen Tom).
For example, the efforts of the people of Hong Kong to fight for their freedom garnered only lukewarm support from our news media. Because the National Basketball Association (NBA) put its foot in “it” by displaying their worship of Chinese Mammon (see A LESSON FROM NBA-CHINA CONTROVERSY), the sickening bias among many of our elites towards the Chinese Communist Party finally became evident. As the result of its embarrassment, the NBA began a reversal (NBA reverses, allows ‘FreeHongKong’ to be printed on custom gear following backlash | Fox News).
Now that the election is over the tide of publicity may turn against China. Hopefully, most Americans and even our greediest elites have enough sense to fear China. Once it finally sinks in that it cannot actually be controlled, only a fool grabs a dragon by the tail. It is much safer to grab a fire hose and shove it down a dragon’s throat.
However, we should not expect miracles. Consider the Council on Foreign Relations (cfr.org), a Liberal publication that focuses on foreign relations. They are not pleased with China, apparently. Nevertheless, consider how they ended their backgrounder.
A Continuing Revival
Religious revival among Chinese does not appear to be abating, experts say, though Beijing’s rigorous regulation of religious affairs has intensified. Some argue that state repression of religion often has less to do with religious doctrine than with a group’s organizational ability, due to fear that such a group could potentially challenge the CCP’s legitimacy.
Tsering Shakya of the University of British Columbia’s Institute of Asian Research says the fundamental problem [PDF] in the relationship between the Chinese state and religion is that “the party is willing to tolerate the emergence of religion as a purely private experience, but it is not willing to see religion expressed as a sort of collective authority.”
Despite Beijing’s concern that religious organizations may call the party’s authority into question, some claim that the threat to the CCP is overblown. Laliberte writes that “the religious landscape of China is too fragmented for any one religion to mount a credible political challenge to the regime.”The State of Religion in China (cfr.org)
The CCP is overreacting? That’s a serious consideration? The folks at CFR actually think religious belief is something that is merely a private experience? Apparently, Liberals don’t understand what the First Amendment to the Constitution means by the free exercise of religion.
Consider the first part of the First Amendment.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.The Bill of Rights: A Transcription | National Archives
The CCP is trying to establish religion in China, the worship of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Because the CCP demands the absolute loyalty of the citizens of China, the CCP cannot tolerate freedom of religious belief.
Jesus put the issue this way.
Caesar had his image on that denarius, but each of us is made in the image of God. We give ourselves — our lives, our words and deeds — to God, not Caesar.
The CCP considers none the rights we hold dear sacred. The founders of our nation put Freedom of Religion is first because it provides the foundation for the rest of our rights. God says we belong to Him, not the state. That is why the rulers of China, the CCP and their tyrant leader, will not tolerate Freedom of Religion. Tyrants only feel secure when the people they rule are completely under their thumb.
Below are additional references on the persecution religious belief in China. The first document was apparently written in 1997, but it explains how China excuses itself. The second document is a report from the Family Research Council (FRC). Interesting to compare the first and second perspectives.
- Freedom of Religious Belief in China (china-un.ch)
- Religious Freedom in China: The History, Current Challenges, and the Proper Response to a Human Rights Crisis (frc.org)
- China: Religion and Chinese Law (justice.gov)
- Is China Conducting A Crackdown On Religion? (forbes.com)
- China conducting mass sterilization on Muslim minorities that could amount to genocide: Report – ABC News (go.com)
- Slavery will never be history as long as we turn a blind eye to China | Nick Cohen | Opinion | The Guardian
- China mulls new rules on foreigners to ‘prohibit religious extremism’ – CNN
- Trump administration considering labeling China’s oppression of Uighur Muslims a genocide: report | Fox News