China Censors Bible, God, Christ from Children’s Classic Stories

– Modupe Fadairo

The china’s government in a bid to bring Christianity under government control, have erased the words “Bible,” “God” and “Christ” from classic children’s stories, including Robinson Cruso

As gathered from te Asia news,China’s Ministry of Education recently introduced a new school textbook to help fifth-grade students “understand other cultures,”  Included in the textbook are four popular stories by foreign writers, including Robinson Crusoe, The Little Match Girl, and Vanka. However, each story is censored to remove any religious reference.

ord “Bible,” instead noting that Crusoe happened upon “a few books.”

The original The Little Match Girl, written by Danish author Hans Christian Anderson, which  included  the line, “when a star falls, a soul goes to be with God.” Was replaced with the Chinese version of, “when a star falls, a person leaves this world.”

The book of Anton Chekhov’s story Vanka which has a passage of a prayer being said inside the church with the name of Christ in it has also changed as the Chinese  version erased the word Christ in the book.

As gathered by Asia News, the censorship of Christian religious elements isn’t isolated to elementary schools as several college professors also condemn classics containing religious words and confiscate them. Among these are The Count of Montecristo by A. Dumas,Resurrection by Lev Tolstoy, and Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo.

China’s ruling Communist Party in 2018,implemented rules on religious practice making Christianity more compatible with socialism by announcing a five year plan. Efforts to make the faith more “Chinese” reportedly included a rewrite of the New Testament using Buddhist scripture and Confucian teachings to establish a “correct understanding” of the text.

Bob Fu, founder of ChinaAid, told  The Christian Post that “There are outlines that the new Bible should not look westernized and should look Chinese and reflect Chinese ethics of Confucianism and socialism” The Old Testament will be messed up. The New Testament will have new commentaries to interpret it.” He added.

According to persecution watchdog Concern, Bibles are no longer available for purchase online, and authorities recently arrested seven employees of an electronics store for selling audio bibles.

The CCP has also carried out a widespread crackdown on all religious institutions, including bulldozing churches and mosques, imprisoning Christian believers, and barring Tibetan children from Buddhist religious studies.

This week, Vice President Mike Pence met with an interfaith coalition of religious freedom advocates to discuss what the United States can do to hold China accountable as it continues to persecute religious believers.

Unfortunately “Up until this point, the United States never had a strategy against China’s violations of human rights,” David Curry, head of the international Christian persecution advocacy group Open Doors USA, told The Christian Post. “They’ve recognized them as a country particular concern, but it’s not escalated. And there haven’t been any punishments directly associated with it. So we think that might be something they would consider, as far as punishments go”

 

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