Religion in China is a tricky subject and it's about to get much trickier thanks to the Chinese Communist Party's newly announced stance on religion.
According to Reuters, China is trying to convert its nearly 100 million religious believers into atheists. Wang Zuoan, head of China's State Administration of Religious Affairs, took to a public forum to discuss the government's stance on religion.
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According to Zuoan, "For a ruling party which follows Marxism, we need to help people establish a correct world view and to scientifically deal with birth, ageing, sickness and death, as well as fortune and misfortune, via popularizing scientific knowledge."
The Chinese Communist Party would like the religious population, which consists of nearly 100 million people, to just stop ... being religious. The government has been particularly threatened by practitioners of Falun Gong, a spiritual practice they believe is part of an evil cult. Officials are also trying to get rid of superstitious beliefs by establishing a "correct worldview" for dealing with birth, ageing, sickness and so on, via popularizing scientific knowledge. China has such a rich and interesting culture, but it sounds like the power-hungry CCP can't handle sharing the spotlight with anyone other than themselves.
Will the CCP be successful? Let us know in the comments:
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