The Chinese government continues to tighten its grip on Christianity by actively discouraging young people to engage in things of faith. Under last year’s new Regulations on Religious Affairs legislation, schoolchildren are even encouraged to report any family members who espouse Christian views.
According to Chinese persecution watchdog, Bitter Winter, the new policy has created fierce rifts among families, as children are encouraged to question and undermine the religious beliefs of those closest to them. In addition, the youngsters are fully aware that, if they report members of their family, it could result in their arrest and prosecution.
“My teacher says that Christianity is an evil cult,” one boy explained to his mother. “[That] if you believe in it, you will leave home and not take care of me. You might set yourself on fire, too.”
After discovering a wildly anti-Christian school textbook in her son’s backpack, the mom hid many of the items that marked her as a believer — this was done to help her son with his anxiety.
But it didn’t help. Things got worse, as Bitter Winter noted:
“A month later, when her son found another religious leaflet in his mother’s bag by chance, he angrily took a fruit knife from the kitchen and fiercely poked several holes in it. Holding the pierced through leaflet on the knife, he threatened his mother to give up her faith, because “Christianity is an evil cult” and she “mustn’t believe in it.””
The mother was horrified by the shift in her son’s attitude.
“Before starting school, I told my child about God’s creation, and he believed it,” she explained. “But after being taught at school, my child is like a different person. In atheistic China, these pure and innocent children have been taught to hate God.”
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