CPC members 'must be atheist'
Communist Party "Must Be Atheist"
A senior member of the Communist Party of China has spoken out on Party members having religious beliefs, slamming them as incompatible with the CPC's founding philosophy.
Zhu Weiqun, executive vice minister of the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee, released an article in Qiushi Journal, a magazine devoted to policymaking and theoretical studies.
The article stated that an increasing number of Communist Party members were found to be religious and in contact with religious leaders.
According to Zhu, some within the Party have said the ban of CPC members being openly religious should be lifted. A number of reasons and benefits for CPC members to be able to be open about their faiths have been given, with some saying the ban is unconstitutional, Zhu said.
Zhu denied the above statements by saying that the CPC's use of Marxism and all its theories, ideas and actions as a guide is based on dialectical materialism.
The Party will be divided ideologically and theoretically if members are allowed to be openly religious, as it would force unworkable perspectives, such as idealism and materialism or theism and atheism, to coexist, compromising the guiding role of Marxism.
Besides, if a Party member takes an active part in religious activities or uses their position to protect some illegal religious activities, they will be driven out of the Communist Party, said Zhu.
The article further put forward methods to manage various religious activities in society, such as promoting effective management of religious groups and encouraging atheism in non-religious schools.
Zhu said these methods will not conflict with the public's freedom to worship.
"The Constitution of the Communist Party requires every Party member to be an atheist, and this is a principle that every Party member should obey," Qi Pan, a Party member from Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, told the Global Times.
State atheism is the official "promotion of atheism" by a government, sometimes combined with active suppression of religious freedom and practice. In contrast, a secular state purports to be officially neutral in matters of religion, supporting neither religion nor irreligion. Atheism is either the lack of belief in a deity or the belief that none exist, and forms a binary pair with theism, which is the belief that at least one deity exists. Atheists have offered various rationales for not believing in any deity, but there is no one ideology or set of behaviors to which all atheists adhere. Furthermore, atheism figures in to certain religious and spiritual belief systems, such as Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Neopagan movements such as Wicca.
Wikipedia: State Atheism
So much for separation of church and state, eh?
China party official warns members over religion
AP – Mon, Dec 19, 2011BEIJING (AP) — Religious practice among Chinese Communist Party members is increasing and threatens its unity and national leadership, a top party official said in remarks reported Monday.
Party members are required to be atheists and must not believe in religion or engage in religious practice, said Zhu Weiqun, a member of the party's Central Committee and executive vice director of its United Front Work Department in charge of dealings with nonparty groups.
Religious practice is a growing trend, especially in areas inhabited by ethnic minorities, and must not be tolerated, Zhu said in comments published in the latest edition of the main party theoretical journal, Qiushi, and reported by the official Xinhua News Agency.
"Voices have appeared within the party calling for an end to the ban on religion, arguing in favor of the benefits of religion for party members and even claiming the ban on religion for party members is unconstitutional," Zhu said.
"In fact, our party's principled stance regarding forbidding members from believing in religion has not changed one iota," he said.
Zhu's stern remarks to the party's 80 million members come amid a spike in tensions between Beijing and the Vatican and crackdowns on independent churches, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and religious practice among Turkic Uighur Muslims in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.
The party ban on religious practice frequently also applies to all public servants and sometimes students, especially in minority areas such as Tibet and Xinjiang.
While it no longer actively works to eradicate religion as it did under Mao Zedong, the party remains deeply suspicious of religious practice and strictly controls when and where it can take place.
Churches must belong to official Protestant and Catholic religious associations, Imams must submit their sermons for vetting and Buddhist monks are forced to attend tedious and time consuming political indoctrination sessions demonizing Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
Yahoo News, Chinese Communist Party Official Warns Members Over Religion
That's what I call a democratic and free society!
August 15, 2011 12:39 pm
Mass Murderer Jim Jones: Religious Extremist or Atheist Stalinist?
Answer: What’s Best for the New York Times?
...By a revolutionary communist who decried Western capitalism as the sources of all evil? Jones was clearly emulating or coordinating with other radical terrorists of the day...or any of the other communist revolutionaries who were setting bombs and hijacking planes at the same time when communist revolutionary Jones was planning to set bombs and hijack planes.
One would be incorrect. The Times article identifies only one inspiration for Jones’ murderous intentions: religion.
On Jim Jones’ Agenda, A Prequel to Sept. 11
By SCOTT JAMES
Published: August 12, 2011
Twenty-five years before the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, a religious extremist plotted to hijack a commercial airliner — filled with 200 or so unsuspecting passengers — and deliberately crash it.
The target was San Francisco. And the would-be perpetrator was not a jihadist, but the man who would become one of history’s more infamous villains: the cult leader Jim Jones of the Peoples Temple, whose headquarters was then on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco.
With the hijacking plot, described in a coming book and recently confirmed by a former Peoples Temple leader, Mr. Jones is said to have wanted to cause death on a scale that the world would not soon forget. He called it “revolutionary suicide,” a warped vision of religious martyrdom . .
I hate to side with Jim Jones here, but when Jones talked about “revolutionary suicide,” he actually meant revolutionary suicide, not religious martyrdom. Sure, like most cult leaders, he used the trappings of religion (except when he didn’t), but what he preached was “apostolic socialism,” which he specifically presented to his followers as the antidote to religion. And he convinced his followers to kill themselves (those who weren’t murdered by others) not by promising paradise but by telling them that they should choose death over violent persecution by America.
Jones was an atheist, card-carrying member of the Communist Party who split with the CPUSA only when they grew a little sour on his lifelong personal hero, Joseph Stalin. He hobnobbed with other communist radicals like Angela Davis; broke bread with militants from the Nation of Islam, and lifted the term “revolutionary suicide” from Black Panther Huey P. Newton, who lost family members at Jonestown. Jones called Jonestown the “purest communist” settlement on earth, and after he forced the mass suicide/homicide of more than 900 of his followers, he left documents deeding his and their assets to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
In other words, he worshiped Joseph Stalin, not Jesus Christ. Literally. And he was not shy about saying so.
I suppose Atheists will now attempt to argue since somebody says Jim Jones (an Atheist) worshipped Joseph Stalin (another Atheist) that makes Jones a Theist.
The article goes on to say,
Why would the Times scrupulously avoid so many facts? Take your pick:
There is the paper’s own shameful coverup of Stalin’s crimes, perpetrated by their Moscow Bureau Chief Editor, Walter Duranty. Who wants to mention Stalin as Jones’ primary influence and raise all that embarrassment and kerfuffle, when you can just vaguely point at the Bible-thumpers and hope Jim Jones’ Wikipedia entry is down for the day?
China’s official Xinhua News Agency reports that a senior Chinese Communist Party official has reminded the increasingly religious ranks of the Party what they’re required to believe. From China party official warns members over religion (AP)
“Religious practice among Chinese Communist Party members is increasing and threatens its unity and national leadership, a top party official said in remarks reported Monday.
“Party members are required to be atheists and must not believe in religion or engage in religious practice, said Zhu Weiqun, a member of the party’s Central Committee [...]
“”Voices have appeared within the party calling for an end to the ban on religion, arguing in favor of the benefits of religion for party members and even claiming the ban on religion for party members is unconstitutional,” Zhu said.” In fact, our party’s principled stance regarding forbidding members from believing in religion has not changed one iota,” he said.”
Chinese Communist Party getting too religious, senior Party official reminds members to believe what they’re told
Now, that's "Atheist Freethought Today"!!