China is prepared to censor all translated versions of classic religious texts to conform with Communist Party propaganda.
According to the Daily Mail, the new editions of these books cannot contain any content that goes against Communist Party beliefs.
The country’s leading officials on religious matters are setting these standards and paragraphs that catch censors’ attention “will be amended or re-translated,” according to these officials.
Wang Yang, the Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, directed the country’s officials to interpret different religious principles in line with “’the core values of Socialism.”
This order was made on November 26, 2019 during a meeting organized by the Committee for Ethnic and Religious Affairs of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, which is tasked with overseeing ethnic and religious matters in China.
Wang Yang, the Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, headed up this meeting. Wang emphasized that religious authorities must comply with President Xi’s instructions and interpret the ideologies of different religions according to the “the core values of Socialism” and “the requirements of the era.”
He called on the officials to create a religious system with “Chinese characteristics.”
The officials were in agreement with Wang’s orders, believing that the mission “is the choice of history.”
Furthermore, they asserted that the re-evaluation of religious books would keep “extreme thoughts” and “heretical ideas” from disrupting the country.
This meeting was held in a time when China was under global scrutiny for its religious policies.
According to leaked documents, the Chinese government operates a system of “re-education” centers to indoctrinate Muslim Uighurs in the northwestern province of Xinjiang.
Contrary to Beijing’s claims, the documents revealed that the indoctrination camps in Xinjiang are not for voluntary job training These documents include guidelines for running detention centers and instructions for using technology to target people.
UN experts and activists contend that at least one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are being held in the internment camps in the region.
Several former detainees claimed that Muslims were coercively fed pork and forced to speak Mandarin in these camps.
China initially denied the existence of these camps. However, the pressure was so significant that it admitted that it had opened “vocational educational centers” in Xinjiang with the goal of deterring extremism by teaching Mandarin and providing job skills.
China’s embassy in London denied the existence of these documents and told the Guardian that the memos were “’pure fabrication and fake news.”
With the microscope on China, it will try to do everything it can to whitewash its image.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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