approaching the Xi-Mas season

What tyrants do


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Chinese officials and residents in a rural area of Jiangxi province have revealed a government plan to “melt the hard ice” in the hearts of Christians towards communism by denying them pivotal poverty relief packages if they do not replace images of Jesus in their households with photos of President Xi Jinping.

One official stated that the move was necessary because Christians are “ignorant” and need to be taught to worship the state, not God. … Xi’s regime views Christianity … as a challenge to the supremacy of the Communist Party’s growing cult of personality around Xi himself.

The South China Morning Post … showed someone replacing their Christian images with Xi Jinping’s official headshot and praised local Communist Party officials for having transformed locals “from believing in religion to believing in the party.” [U]p to 600 residents had “voluntarily” replaced their images of Jesus, resulting in 453 new photos of Xi hanging on living room walls.

[C]ommunist Party officials… had noted with panic the rapid growth of the region’s Christian population an expressed “a sense of crisis” about it …. This new effort may have been a result of brainstorming to solve the problem of more people believing in Jesus than communism.

“Many rural people are ignorant. They think God is their savior. … After our cadres’ work, they’ll realise their mistakes and think: we should no longer rely on Jesus, but on the party for help,” Qi told the newspaper. Some … became Christians due to “illness in the family,” which the communists argue can only be cured through “the Communist Party and General Secretary Xi.”

A local resident … stated that many families were forced to remove their images because they would otherwise not receive their poverty relief packages, putting their lives in jeopardy. [story]

I think we have different definitions of “voluntary” and “melt the hard ice in the hearts of Christians.”

He’d better hope that there’s no Confucian over the meaning of the word “headshot.”

9 Comments!

  1. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 2:08 pm |

    He’d better hope that there’s no Confucian over the meaning of the word “headshot.”

    … { rimshot }

  2. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm |

    …they’ll realise their mistakes and think: we should no longer rely on Jesus, but on the party for help,”
    Horry clap!
    That’s right out of 1984; it also sounds like our current Democrat Prog Party.
    “THE PARTY”.
    I don’t even like the term, and I find the idea of living with that kind of “oversight” repugnant and frightening.

  3. DougM and his raccoon platoon
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 2:59 pm |

    ^^ Thanks for getting it.
    To me, a twofer is a clear skirmish victory over the forces of funlessness.

  4. Patricia
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 3:31 pm |

    Do they also have to burn incense to the picture of Xi?

  5. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 4:27 pm |

    Do they also have to burn incense to the picture of Xi?
    No, but they better bow to it every time they pass one, and every home must have one.
    For a historical reference, see: Schicklgruber, image in every home

  6. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm |

    NorK envy?

    “Believe” in me or I’ll kill you.
    nice.

    ICWYDT *haw*

    [didn't Harry TheBagman Reid say there was a pic of FDR on the wall when he was a child?]

  7. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 5:47 pm |

    No, but they better bow to it every time they pass one,…

    Will everyone obey? Only time Will Tell …

  8. rickn8or
    Posted November 14, 2017 at 8:37 pm |

    [didn't Harry TheBagman Reid say there was a pic of FDR on the wall when he was a child?]

    Claire, I’m trying to remember the name of the Jewish comedian who said there was a picture of Moses and one of FDR on the wall of his childhood home. He said until he was in his teens, he wasn’t sure which one his parents revered more.

  9. staghounds
    Posted November 15, 2017 at 11:19 am |

    I spy a retirement career for Lois Lerner…

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