Com­mu­nist Party takes aim at Chris­tians

The Buffalo News - - WORLD NEWS -

BEI­JING – Je­sus Christ won’t drag you out of poverty or cure your ill­nesses, but the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party will, so take down those pic­tures of Christ and put up a nice pho­to­graph of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping.

That’s what thou­sands of vil­lagers in south­east­ern China have been told by lo­cal of­fi­cials, in a sign of the grow­ing cult of per­son­al­ity around the coun­try’s pow­er­ful leader, as well as ris­ing pres­sure on Chris­tian wor­ship.

A so­cial me­dia ac­count in Jiangxi prov­ince’s Yu­gan county said vil­lagers had “will­ingly” re­moved 624 posters show­ing Chris­tian re­li­gious say­ings and images, and re­placed them with 453 images of Xi. The move, while still on a small scale, harks back to the per­son­al­ity cult sur­round­ing Com­mu­nist China’s first leader Mao Ze­dong, whose pic­ture was in ev­ery home.

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