Who cares about religious freedom when we can get toasters for $10?
The Chinese leadership are plagued by the demons of history.
When they looked out over the crowded Tiananmen Square, they did not see democrats wanting more liberty. In their minds’ eye, those students were no different than the students of the Red Guard a generation before. And many of today’s Chinese leaders suffered terribly during the Cultural Revolution. Their family members killed, tortured, imprisoned in labor camps, and publicly humiliated under the threat of whimsical murder.
Some Chinese leaders were reportedly so afraid they curled up and sobbed.
So what does religion mean to them? Be it the Catholic Church, Protestant Evangelism, or even a cult like Falun Gong.
In their minds’ eye, all religion is the same thing. The offer to return to what may have been one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history: The Taiping Rebellion.
And it all started when some Christian missionaries innocently gave a New Testament pamphlet to the wrong man. His name was Hong Xiuquan.
Soon convinced that he was Jesus’ younger brother, and possessed of great charisma, he began a civil war in which some British historians have estimated that as many as 35 million Chinese were slaughtered.
That sort of thing leaves a lasting impression in a nation. Which is one very good reason the Chinese leadership will long mistrust and fear religion.
Is there a Chinese Pope to sanctify these nominations?
That sounds like the sort of thing that would happen in the kingdom of Antichrist.