China will rewrite the Bible and the Quran to ‘reflect socialist values’

The news comes as China faces widespread criticism over its policy against Muslims. UN experts and activists have claimed that at least one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are held in the detention centres in Xinjiang in western China. Pictured, a Muslim Uighur woman walks with her son past security forces in the town of Kashgar, Xinjiang, in April, 2008

While many nations on Earth struggle over the true Word of God, Communist China simply rewrites it.

For in China, it is the Party and socialism that play God.

According to a report in the French newspaper Le Figaro, Chinese censors and other “experts” will rewrite both the Bible and Quran to “reflect socialist values” amid a wide crackdown on the religious groups in the country.  

New editions of the two religious tomes will not be permitted to contain material that conflicts with the beliefs of the Communist Party, according to a top official. Paragraphs deemed unacceptable by censors will be changed or re-translated.

The Bible and Quran were not in fact mentioned specifically, but the party demanded a “comprehensive evaluation of the existing religious classics aiming at contents which do not conform to the progress of the times.”

The order came down in November during a meeting held by the Committee for Ethnic and Religious Affairs of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which oversees the ethnic and religious matters in China.

A group of 16 experts, believers and representatives of different religions from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China attended the conference in last month, according to Xinhua News Agency.

Wang Yang, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, stressed that religious leaders need to follow President Xi’s instructions and interpret the ideologies of different religions in accordance with “the core values of Socialism” and “the requirements of the era,” according to the Le Figaro report.

He urged the officials to build “a religious system with Chinese characteristics.”

The officials agreed with Wang’s directives, adding that the mission “is the choice of history.” They also claimed that by “re-evaluating” religious books, they would prevent “extreme thoughts” and “heretical ideas” from eroding the country.

November’s meeting took place as China faced global criticism over its religious policies.


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