China Rebukes U.S. Religious Freedom Report, Of Course

The U.S. Commisission on International Religious Freedom 2014 annual report was released on May 2. (Screenshot taken from USCIRF 2014 Annual Report)
The U.S. Commisission on International Religious Freedom 2014 annual report was released on May 2. (Screenshot taken from USCIRF 2014 Annual Report)

China made its annual denial statement about the U.S. annual religious freedom report on Sunday. Sidestepping the facts of the report, China just scolded the U.S. for getting involved in its internal affairs, accusing the U.S. of bias.

According to the Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang in a Xinhua article, for years, the commission’s report has been “full of false remarks and misled the public.” This is little more than China’s double speak, considering that the facts in the report are true, and Beijing is the one concerned with misleading the public into not believing them.

So what is China’s government denying this year?

The U.S. Commisission on International Religious Freedom 2014 annual report was released on May 2. The following is the summary of the Chinese situation: “The Chinese government continues to perpetrate particularly severe violations of religious freedom. For Tibetan Buddhists and Uighur Muslims, conditions are worse now than at any time in the past decade. Independent Catholics and Protestants face arrests, fines, and the shuttering of their places of worship. Practitioners of Falun Gong, as well as other Buddhist, folk religionist, and Protestant groups deemed “superstitious” or “evil cults” face long jail terms, forced renunciations of faith and torture in detention, and the government has not sufficiently answered accusations of psychiatric experimentation and organ harvesting.”

Gang, feigning innocence for the Party, said in a statement found on Xinhua that the Chinese government protects its citizens’ religious freedom according to law, and the Chinese people enjoy full freedom of religion and belief provided by law.

The problem with Chinese communist law is that current leaders and officials use it in a flexible and deceitful manner. For example, an influential church pastor will be arrested on false charges to get him put in jail. Just last week, a massive church was leveled because, according to local officials, it didn’t meet certain building permit standards.

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