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China's Religious Venues Urged to Fly the Flag
UCA News ^ | 8/6/18

Posted on 08/09/2018 7:34:37 PM PDT by marshmallow

Catholics question whether Sinicization move is mixing politics with religion

China's nine major religious organizations want all religious sites across the country to raise the national flag on special days to reflect patriotism and Sinicization.

But some Catholics claim the initiative aims to force religious people to be patriotic. "Is it necessary to train believers to hold the ritual of raising the national flag and to play the national anthem before they can hold religious activities?" one priest asked.

The official Catholic Church in China website quoted a report from the website of the Central United Front Work Department saying that the Sixth Joint Conference of the Country's Religious Groups was held on July 31 in Beijing. Wang Zuoan, deputy director of the Central United Front Work Department and director of the State Religious Affairs Bureau, addressed the meeting.

A joint statement was issued by all nine government-sanctioned religious organizations: the Buddhist Association of China, Chinese Taoist Association, Islamic Association of China, Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, Bishops Conference of the Catholic Church in China, National Committee of Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant Churches in China, China Christian Council, China Young Men's Christian Association Countrywide Association and the Young Women's Christian Association.

They propose raising the national flag at all religious venues to help religious figures and believers strengthen their national consciousness and civic awareness, deepen their political, ideological and emotional recognition of the Communist Party and the country, and adhere to religious Sinicization.

Nine major points were proposed in the initiative:

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TOPICS: Current Events; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics

1 posted on 08/09/2018 7:34:37 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

“We have no king but Caesar”

2 posted on 08/09/2018 7:40:28 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

There would be nothing wrong with asking King Jesus to bless king Caesar. Blessing has a dangerous side, in that one’s evil will be under God’s wrath.

3 posted on 08/09/2018 8:18:12 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Tryin' hard to win the No-Bull Prize.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

MAny churches have US flags displayed in the US and Union Jacks are seen in or near churches in the UK.

There are lots of things to criticize the PRC for but I think this is pretty far down the list.

4 posted on 08/09/2018 9:28:59 PM PDT by Fai Mao (There is no rule of law in the US until The PIAPS is executed.)
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To: Fai Mao; HiTech RedNeck; BenLurkin

NO. The current Chinese flag is not the flag of REAL China, a country that traces its roots to imperial dynasties. It is a Satanic, Antichrist COMMUNIST emblem of the terrorist party of Mao Zedong.

Even Russia has abandoned its Sickle and Hammer and now has a normal flag.

5 posted on 08/09/2018 9:48:30 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

You are 100% correct. This is pure statism, with the goal of further inculcating the people with Communist philosophy.

FYI, American immigrants in the 19th century hanged US flags to show their loyalty (which was highly suspect with foreigners), not diminish their faith.

6 posted on 08/09/2018 11:35:38 PM PDT by Marchmain (Things are not what they seem.)
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