- attending government-sanctioned Three-self churches;
- Christian gatherings among family members at their own homes.
To suppress Chinese citizens’ belief in Christmas, authorities delivered the government order that strictly bans related events to lower-level departments under the ministry of national defense, the ministry of education, the ministry of industry and commerce, the ministry of health, etc. The CCP uses the levels of the ban’s implementation by staff and departments as the indicator for their performance appraisals. Results of evaluations link to promotions, rewards, and/or punishments of front-line staff.
“Sister” Li, a Christian teacher, reported that recently when her school gave her a religious belief survey form to complete, she honestly reported her belief as “Christian.” Afterward, her principal urged her to conform to China’s new “Regulations on Religious Affairs.” Sister Li’s principal reminded her that the government not only appraises compliance with religious belief regulations on each employee—it also evaluates staff members as a whole. “If authorities punish all staff because you or another individual employee fails the appraisal,” her principal warned, “neither you nor they could continue to work here.”
Some Chinese citizens like those pictured at the start of this story “resist Christmas” to comply with the CCP regulation prohibiting participation in all but two Christmas events.
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