1. Quit religion or face punishment, China warns 9 crore Communist Party members

Quit religion or face punishment, China warns 9 crore Communist Party members

In a controversial move, China's ruling Communist Party has directed its nearly 90 million members to shun religion for maintaining party unity, warning that religious belief is a "redline" for the cadres and those who resist would be punished.

By: | Beijing | Updated: July 19, 2017 4:04 PM
china, china religion ban, china communist party, religion ban in china, punishment for following a religion in china The head of China’s top religious affairs regulator said that party members should not seek value and faith in religion and those who have religious beliefs should be persuaded to give them up. (Reuters)

China’s ruling Communist Party has directed its members, who sum up to around 9 crore as per the official figures, to quit religion or face punishment. Issuing directions to its members, the head of China’s top religious affairs regulator said that party members should not practice religion and those who have religious beliefs should be persuaded to give them up. While China’s constitution allows the practice of religion, its ruling party, Communist Party of China, has adopted a resolution that members will remain firm Communists and won’t practice religion at all.  “Party members should not have religious beliefs, which is a redline for all members…Party members should be firm Marxist atheists, obey party rules and stick to the party’s faith…they are not allowed to seek value and belief in religion,” Wang Zuoan, director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) wrote in an article released in the Qiushi Journal on Saturday.

In clear terms, Wang wrote that officials who have religious faith should be persuaded to give it up, and those who resist would be punished by the party. Order gains significance as it comes at a time when the members are expected to attend party’s 19th Congress in October this year. President Xi Jinping, who heads the party and the military, is likely to get elected for another five-year term in the Congress.  Issuing a stern warning, Wang said the party members are also forbidden from supporting or getting involved in religious affairs in the name of developing the economy or diversifying culture. “We should guide religious groups and individuals with socialist core values and excellent traditional Chinese culture to dig into their doctrines to find parts that are beneficial to social harmony and development,” Wang said.

Zhu Weiqun, a senior party official, said, “It is important that Wang constantly reminds Party members not to have religious beliefs. Some people who claim to be scholars support religious beliefs in the party, which has undermined the party’s values based on dialectical materialism.”

“We should guide religious groups and individuals with socialist core values and excellent traditional Chinese culture to dig into their doctrines to find parts that are beneficial to social harmony and development,” Wang said.

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    Mao si yang
    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:05 pm
    This is an excellent call, by CPC "to quit religion beliefs", for maintaining party's unity and Social Development and also helps in construction of new Society to be achieved. The religious beliefs can be the harmful armory, in psychological state of human, as exact as non scientific. Hence it is badly needed for any Nation, to be implemented, if the Governments are really dedicated to achieve progress in the interest of common People, in achieving Employment, which can assure FOOD, SHELTER, EDUCATION, MEDICATION as well as SOCIAL SECURITY.---Mao si yang. Cell No: 91 94915 82518, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh State, India.
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    1. M Abrar Azizi
      Jul 19, 2017 at 9:38 pm
      While the cons ution of China allows the practice of religious activities, the ruling party is bent upon banning it. Its unfortunate.
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      1. Sumit Kumar
        Jul 19, 2017 at 6:15 pm
        Imagine something like this happening in India. There wud be mass riots and massacres. Ppl dont realise they r living in the most secular country.
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          Abu
          Jul 20, 2017 at 6:28 pm
          Thats a nice idea! Changing all religion into one...No Religion! Imagine asking all Hindus and Muslims to shun their religion, but then Hindus are 86Cr and Muslims are 30Cr! Thats huge!
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            Mao si yang
            Jul 22, 2017 at 8:26 pm
            Beliefs of any religion are most harmful armory to the Society, for it's Development, because they are not only non-scientific,they are anti-Science. No religion is scientific.All religions are meant and are to safe guard the parasitical people, who do not have and do not take any responsibility or liable, in the Labour of Agriculture(food production activity) and also strains, pains and losses of the entire activity. But "The Quit" must be handled with cordiality and humanly humanity, through giving proper teachings, which gives proper aver, to those who stubbornly believe religious customs.

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