Will Western media claim, with a straight face, that Trump is a ‘dictator’ while Xi pulls stunts like this?
Xi doesn’t just think that the people merely need to slavishly obey The Communist Party’s authoritarian political demands, but now they need to VENERATE them too.
That’s right. Chinese Communism — ever hostile to rival beliefs, including religious faith — is demanding not just civic devotion from their people, but a RELIGIOUS zeal of the sort you might have seen under Stalin, Mao, or modern North Korea.
He has one simple demand of his people…
You don’t think we’re being hyperbolic here, do you?
Because we’re not.
Chinese communist authorities have ordered poor Christian villagers to remove Christian images from their homes and replace them with portraits of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping or risk losing their welfare benefits.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has continued its program of “Sinicization” of religion by channeling religious fervor in the country toward the Party rather than God, the Christian Post reported this weekend.
In May, an official in the eastern province of Shandong raided the home of a local Christian and hung pictures of Mao Zedong and Xi Jinping on the wall in place of Christian images.
“These are the greatest gods. If you want to worship somebody, they are the ones,” the official told them.
This year, China’s “social credit system” was scheduled to become fully functional, assigning points to each individual based on how much the Communist Party approves of them and using their rating to control their behavior and access to certain benefits..
“There are fears that China’s new ‘social credit system’ – designed to reward good citizenship and punish bad – will be used to discriminate against Christians,” wrote the Catholic charity organization Aid to the Church in Need in a 2019 report.
The fears are tied to “cash rewards for those who inform on underground churches and other ‘unofficial’ places of worship,” indicating that the government might also reward the persecution of Christians with high “social credit” scores.
…In April, for instance, party officials visited the homes of Christians in Linfen, in the northern province of Shanxi, ordering those who receive welfare payments from the government to remove crosses, Christian symbols, and images in their homes and replace them with portraits of China’s communist leaders.
The officials threatened the Christians that non-compliance with the order would result in suspension of their welfare subsidies.
“All impoverished households in the town were told to display Mao Zedong images,” a local house church preacher said. “The government is trying to eliminate our belief and wants to become God instead of Jesus.”
Officials have often made good on their threats, ruthlessly suspending benefits to Christians who fail to give up their devotions.
Communist authorities cancelled the government subsidies of one elderly Christian woman from Shangqiu city in Henan after they found an image of a cross posted on the door of her home.
“They tore it down immediately,” she said. “Afterward, both my minimum living allowance and poverty alleviation subsidy were canceled. I am being driven to a dead end. I have diabetes and need injections regularly.” —Breitbart
So now that we know what kind of totalitarian bastards we’re dealing with, do we want to trust to their kindness, and keep our critical need supply lines under their control? Do we want to use Made-In-China tech?
Or do we want to put some daylight between our entangled countries so that we can really tell them to pound sand when we need to?