China Hints At Redrafting Quran, Bible To Comply With Chinese ‘Socialist Values’
The conference was held under Wang Yang’s supervision, who is chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
Amid tight restrictions on religious groups in the country, China has hinted at redrafting the Quran and Bible to comply with socialist values. The new updates will not contain anything that is against the beliefs of the Communist Party. Every paragraph deemed wrong by the censors will be rewritten or re-translated.
The party didn’t specifically name the Bible and Holy Quran, but they called for a ‘comprehensive evaluation of the existing religious classics aiming at contents which do not conform to the progress of the times’.
This order was given during a meeting held by the Committee for Ethnic and Religious Affairs of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, in November, which handles ethnic and religious matters in China.
Xinhua News Agency reported that a group containing 16 experts, believers and representatives of different religions from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China took part in the meeting last month.
The conference was supervised by the chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Wang Yang.
The chairman said that religious authorities should follow the instructions of President Xi, and interpret ideologies of different religions in agreement with the ‘core values of Socialism’ and ‘the needs of the modern era’.
He asked the officials to build a ‘religious system with Chinese characteristics’. The officials also approved of Mr. Wang’s instructions, stating that this mission is ‘the choice of history’.
Wang says that by re-evaluating and re-drafting religious books, the ‘extremist thoughts’ and ‘heretical ideas’ that are negatively affecting the country’s progress can be replaced.
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