Bob Fu: CCP authorities manipulate meaning of Article 36 in the name of “so-called” sinicization

 Bob Fu, PhD., president of ChinaAid, fourth from right.
(Photo: ChinaAid video clip from IRF Summit)

(Washington, D.C.—July 26, 2021) During the July 13–15 International Religious Freedom (IRF) Summit held in Washington, D.C., Bob Fu, PhD., president of ChinaAid, stresses that Article 36 of the Chinese “Constitution” states that citizens of the Peoples Republic of China shall enjoy freedom of religious belief. Although this article even asserts that the State shall protect “normal religious activities,” in reality, Dr. Fu notes, details regarding this protection remain muddled and subject to diverse interpretations.  

Diverse interpretations of Article 36 that Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities contrive in the name of “so-called” sinicization basically translate to mean that one’s “belief” must be compatible with communism and socialism. Two examples from the many man-manipulated meanings of this article include:

  • CCP officials call Charismatic Christians who pray for healing to be part of “an evil cult.”
  • CCP authorities consider individuals and groups who homeschool children or include faith-based teachings to “interfere with the State education system.”

In its work advocating for human rights, exposing persecutions, and fighting for religious freedom for all, ChinaAid does not hide its identity as a Christian organization, “In the end,” Dr. Fu stresses, “we are fellow human beings.”


For since the creation of the world
God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–
have been clearly seen, …
Although they claimed to be wise,
they became fools.
~ Romans 20a, 22 (NKJV)


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