By: Steve Dellar | 05-27-2018 | News
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China – President Xi Declares War On Large Religious Statues

Loyal readers of know that the Chinese government under President Xi Jinping has, in the past few months, ordered a crackdown on Christian bible sales and aimed to convert followers of Islam (see our related coverage), but now that directive seems to have expanded.

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By now, the Chinese atheist government is going after the large Buddhist and Taoist statues that are being erected all over the country, as a directive on the United Front Work Department website stated: “the meeting required all localities to take up the regulation of large outdoor religious statues as their top priority in preventing the further commercialisation of Buddhism and Taoism.”

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The latest measure is part of a growing crackdown by authorities on all items and issues linked to religion, which the Communist Party believes hampers their economy and the loyalty of the people. During the Communist Revolution of the 1960s, many Buddhist and Taoist temples had already been destroyed, but most were rebuilt by devout followers in recent years. Under President Xi Jinping however, the Communist Party is once again taking the directive of Mr Karl Marx, who famously said that ‘religion is the opium of the masses’ and must, therefore, be eradicated.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">China orders crackdown on large outdoor religious statues, targeting followers of <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Buddhism</a> and <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Taoism</a><a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Taiwan News (@TaiwanNews886) <a href="">May 27, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Even the pope in Rome this week urged the Chinese to change their stance as he spoke directly to the Catholics living there during the General Audience in St. Peter’s Square on 24 May, when saying: “Dear disciples of the Lord in China, the Universal Church prays with you and for you, so that even amid difficulties, you may continue to entrust yourselves to God’s will.”

Pope Francis claimed that during this period he invites all Catholic believers to be closer to those who live in China and asked for prayers so that they “may live their faith with generosity and serenity” and “be able to make concrete gestures of fraternity, harmony and reconciliation in full communion with the Successor of Peter.”


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DAWN FORD No. 27223 2018-05-27 : 09:10


Rose Coveney No. 27228 2018-05-27 : 09:52

China is "Promoting atheism and loyalty to the party" which is China's religion, and "Karl Marx" is China's god. They just don't want any other religions in China. Some day when people become truly spiritual they will realize they are never separated from and always one with God and won't need religion or statues, or churches to connect them to our Prime Creator who we are a part of.

Anonymous No. 27297 2018-05-28 : 01:36

Hopefully the Chinese people will not put up with this and we will witness the downfall of communism in China. It's already been shown not to work and is proving itself to be evil. Those who stand against God will never win!

Anonymous No. 27299 2018-05-28 : 01:44

What is the big deal? It makes sense that the people don't waste money on stupid statues of fat dead guys

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