China, known for its authoritarian Communist government, is rewriting the Bible along with other holy books so that they fit more closely with its leader’s philosophies.
China’s government is making the move under the guise of updating the books to “the requirements of the new era.”
Henceforth, the Gospel will have to conform to the Marxist-Leninist vulgate morning of “Chinese characteristics”, and the parables of Jesus Christ, to remain in the line of the Communist Party, under penalty of being redacted from the bibles available to the faithful in the most populous country on the planet. Beijing launches a new offensive in favor of the “sinization” of religions, this time attacking the very doctrine, from the New Testament to the Koran via the Buddhist sutras. The authorities urged representatives of the main cults in China to modify the translations of the reference texts, at a meeting on November 6, in order to bring them into line with “the requirements of the new era,” a coded formula that refers to “The era of President Xi Jinping,” the idea of which was enshrined in the Constitution in 2018, in the wake of a Congress to its glory.
If the goal is to minimize harm, perhaps there might be a logical justification for what they’re doing, but that’s clearly not what’s happening here. This isn’t about creating more tolerant or open-minded texts that will inspire a brighter future for every single person. It’s just part of a larger government propaganda effort.
It shouldn’t surprise us. After all, this is the same government that is reportedly holding tens or hundreds of thousands of Muslims (including some foreign citizens) in mass “internment camps” where they are brainwashed and forced to give up their identities. Still, it is another limitation of freedom that might be the last straw for some Chinese citizens who want to practice their faith openly.
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