However, it appears to the Chinese Communist Party that “You are what you believe,” thus their new campaign to clamp down on and prevent all religious believers from joining the party.
According to news report, the Communist leadership of coastal Zhejiang province has declared that it will double down on a long-standing but little-enforced rule that bars religious believers from joining the party.
This of course is no surprise as the long held philosophy behind Communism is the disavowing of religious belief. After all, Karl Marx, the father of communism, described religion thus:
“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”
Today, the Communist Party is not only looking internally for what one may best describe as impostors, but also has sought to expand their reach by stifling religious views on school campuses as well as within mass media.
The education minister is reported to have said that China should “Never let textbooks promoting Western values appear in our classes.”
The Zhejiang province’s party committee has also called for CCP groups to organize activities where members renewed their allegiance to the communist philosophy and disavowed any form of religious belief
In addition, it is calling for all applicants to the party to be first vetted for evidence of religious faith or participation and a rejection if any such evidence is found.
The fact is the party’s ideology is rooted in Marxist-Leninist thought, which decries religion as a delusion that distracts the oppressed masses from demanding their fair share.
This new thrust by CCP could have a negative impact on religion and more so Christianity which seems to be gaining momentum and growth in the country.
Barbara Davy, Readers Bureau, Fellow
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