CNN: 10 “moments” which shaped the Chinese Communist Party / Bob Fu: CCP’s “freedom of religion”

100 years of the Chinese Communist Party: 10 moments which shaped it
1921: Birth of Communist Party.
CNN’s article/presentation includes more photos and video clips:
(ChinaAid, Midland, TX—August 25, 2021) Bob Fu, PhD., founder/president of ChinaAid, notes the following in his latest book, The Politics of Inclusive Pluralism: A Proposed Foundation for Religious Freedom…:
On 1 October 1949, when the CCP established the PRC, the Party designated atheism as the State’s primary, official ideology. Despite reasons for challenging the concept that atheism could legitimately be regarded as a type of religion, Communism and atheism both aim to weaken the influence of traditional religion. … throughout CCP schools inside China, as well as via internal circulars and intermittent propaganda campaigns, CCP theoreticians have reinforced atheism as a Marxist orthodoxy.
After the Communist Party gained power over China in 1949, the State banned religion between 1966–79. Daniel H. Bays stresses that Chinese religious history after 1950 basically appears as “tightly intertwined with the theme of State and Communist Party control, interference, and repression.” During the periods of land reform (1950–54) and collectivization (1954–79), popular religions reinforced traditional social concepts which aligned with community solidarity and autonomy. Mickey Spiegel reports that as Communists wanted to integrate collectivized communities into a socialist economy and polity, this contributed to the CCP intensifying attacks on religions.
Document No. 6, issued by the State Council in February 1991, reinforces the major document outlining China’s religious policy, Document No. 19, which the Party Central issued in March 1982. Despite China’s proclamation of religious freedom, which basically translates to being “free to believe and free not to believe, free to believe in this religion or that religion; within a religion one is free to choose his sectarian differences and is free to move from unbelief to belief and vice-versa,” this freedom does not extend to Chinese citizens. The CCP’s concept of freedom of religion, for example, does not include freedom of propagation outside approved places designated for religious activities, nor does it include the right to establish churches according to a person’s religious convictions.

* Excerpts used by permission from Wipf and Stock Publishers, pp. 173–4.

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