by Ryan DeLarme,
February 27th, 2021
The Chinese Communist Party has targeted Christianity as a potential risk to their national security. The Christian population in China has grown by 7-8% each year for the last forty-plus years with numbers projected to reach 300 Million by 2030.
Religious persecution is not new territory for the CCP. Last year, the Jamestown Foundation reported on a new Chinese Communist Party program of collectivization and re-education in Tibet. This program is similar to the forced labor campaign being carried out against Uighurs in Xinjiang province. Millions of innocent people in China have been fired from their jobs, expelled from school, jailed, tortured, or killed simply for practicing Falun Gong (see Statistics). Many organizations are accusing the state of creating forced labor camps for Muslims in Xinjiang. It is believed up to a million Uighur Muslims have been sent to re-education camps in the state by Xi’s government.
Communism in general seems to possess an inherent aversion to any empowering spiritual practice that brings people together. Christianity is currently in the party’s crosshairs as the new big threat. President Xi himself has long instituted brutal tactics to crack down on the church.
Amid Xi’s pursuit to maintain control in the country, Dr. Ron Boyd-MacMillan, director of Strategic Research at Christian charity Open Doors claimed China’s premier is becoming increasingly concerned by the size of the Church, which is currently estimated at 97 million people.
As per Express.co.uk,
Dr. Boyd-MacMillan claimed the size of the Church in the country is set to rise rapidly in the coming decades and may reach 300 million people by 2030 – thus creating a group big enough to challenge Xi’s government.
He said: “We think the evidence as to why the Chinese Church is so targeted, is that the leaders are scared of the size of the Church, and the growth of the Church.
“And if it grows, at the rate that it has done, since 1980 and that’s about between seven and 8 percent a year, then you’re looking at a group of people that will be 300 million strong, nearly by 2030.
“And, you know, the Chinese leadership, they really do long term planning, I mean, their economic plan goes to 2049, so this bothers them.
“Because I think if the Church continues to grow like that, then they’ll have to share power.”
One of the CCP’s primary strategies in countering the rise of Christianty is President Xi Jinping’s policy of Sinicization, which aims to secularize religion to ensure that it advances the party’s goals. It has even been alleged that the CCP ramped up their surveillance of Chinese Christians using the pandemic as justification.
The policy accomplishes this in part by setting up state-sanctioned religious institutions that moderate and even modify the ways in which people of all religions practice their faith.
Under Sinicization, regulation of, and outright interference with, religious practice have intensified. Christians have seen crosses torn down from atop churches, church buildings demolished, and pastors such as Pastor Wang Yi of Early Rain Covenant Church, imprisoned.
Chinese Catholics watched their leaders strike a deal with Beijing two years ago, giving the Chinese Communist Party a say on the appointment of bishops in China.
Last year, it was reported that government-issued high school textbooks altered a Bible story to turn one of Jesus’ key teachings on its head: After inducing others not to cast stones at a woman who has sinned, Jesus himself stones her…
Other religious movements have fared no better. Reports abound that practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual movement founded in the 1990s, were subjected to organ harvesting and extrajudicial imprisonment. The CCP and their media, in tandem with our own corporate media, painted a cruel and inaccurate picture of Falun Gong practitioners as wacky members of some bizarre cult. The truth is that Falun Gong has helped an incredible amount of people to improve their physical and mental health through Buddhist Qigong practices that draw from Taoist traditions. The practice encourages love, discipline, and mindfulness.
China is one of the world’s most egregious violators of internationally recognized human rights. Despite this, last spring it was appointed to one of the five seats on the United Nations human rights panel that selects experts who report on places like Xinjiang and Tibet. With that appointment, Beijing is now poised to take one of the 47 seats on the U.N. Human Rights Council.
In late 2020, 39 countries signed a statement at the U.N. General Assembly calling out China’s abuses in Xinjiang. This was the fruit of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s work. The U.S. government must continue to lead the way in this effort and call for the release of all political prisoners, including those interned for their religious beliefs.
Upholding the rights of all people to live by their closely held beliefs is essential to the preservation of freedom, peace, and security.
Defending religious freedom is also a critical element in countering the schemes that China and like-minded governments have devised to cement and increase their power. This includes human rights violations as severe as genocide and crimes against humanity.