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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Communist Party attempts to preserve remnants of atheism

Reigion in China"Even if Chinas Constitution defends atheism, atheists have all but disappeared from the Communist Party, said a Chinese bishop, who asked not to be named, when commenting on the new Communist Party of China (CPC) regulations."

According to the linked article appearing in Asia News "since the beginning of the year, new CPC government leaders have been briskly working on eliminating corruption and religious belonging from among their ranks."

Apparently two new directives, "Regulations of Internal Supervision of the Communist Party of China" and CPC Disciplinary Penalty Regulations" were circulated within the Party earlier this year in order to slow down "the bleeding of strict marxist orthodoxy"

Two articles in particular were cited in the article:

  • Article 49 of the disciplinary penalty regulations states that party members who organize, lead or act as central figures in any cult or "semi-feudal superstitious" organization will be expelled from the Party.
  • Article 56 party members who organize or utilize religious activities to oppose the Party, to spark upheaval or damage the unity of the country also face expulsion. Less serious participation can be penalized via warnings or "education".

As well the article reports that last October (2003) State Administration of Radio, Film and Television sent out a series of directives urging all state broadcasting companies to produce programs promoting atheism and to denounce "deviant beliefs."

Despite this the unnamed Bishop states that many CCP members are religious but keep quiet in pursuit of "promotion and the rice bowl"

I have heard anecdotal stories that Muslim Uygurs who work for the government in Xinjiang adhere reluctantly to the strict rules on public servants and religion but upon retirement increase their daily prayer sessions to "catch up" on all they missed in their public service careers.

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