[Ed. – It’s important to note that any government, anywhere, can extort the people in this way. The CCP is just leading the pack in making religious faith a sticking point. If you want to tempt your own government to force you to renounce your faith, go ahead and accept operating in a cashless society. In such conditions, a central authority can cut you off from all regular commerce with a digital stroke.]
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is leveraging economic restraints caused by the coronavirus pandemic to coerce increasingly desperate, low-income Chinese Christians to renounce their faith or lose welfare benefits, human rights magazine Bitter Winter reported on Friday.
The economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic has hit China’s low-income households hardest, many of which rely upon state-funded welfare benefits to survive. In recent months, the CCP has reportedly forced Christians across the country receiving state-funded welfare benefits to remove religious symbols from their households and replace them with images of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong; some are told to renounce their faith altogether. If Christians refuse, the state cancels their welfare payments, according to the magazine.