Leaders of Three-Self churches that are state sponsored have been threatened with closure, as per local reports, if they fail to take down displays of the Ten Commandments and replace them with President Xi’s quotes.
The displays now preach ideology of the Communist party instead of core Christian values. One of the displays reads ‘Guard against the infiltration of Western ideology, and consciously resist the influence of extremist thought.’
The Chinese Communist party has also begun a crackdown at the same time on ‘home churches’ that are outside state control. In other parts of the country, portraits of Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong are replacing the Ten Commandments.
The move was reported by a magazine called ‘Bitter Winter’ which documents human rights and religious liberty in China. An anonymous source commented that the Communist party was attempting to develop a God-like figure.
In 2013, Jinping vowed to ‘sinicize’ religion in the country and bring it in accordance with China’s communist ideologies.
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, in a report earlier this year, warned the campaign to be “an attempt not only to diminish and erase the independent practice of religion, but also the cultural and linguistic heritage of religious and ethnic communities.”