This morning on TV there was a report from China which told of the difficulty of being a Christian there. Church services have to be held in secret because the government only permits certain Christian communities to pray. The legal ones have to vow their allegiance to Communism. I had not heard of this about China before. Of course, I knew that the Falun Gong and Falun Dafa had problems with freedom of worship, but did not realise that the Chinese Government fears organised Christianity so much.
It’s hard to imagine a less communistic country than China with its respect for capitalism. The Chinese have always been great merchants and entrepreneurs and no matter how many “cultural revolutions” take place, one can’t change the basic nature of a people. Chinese people are hard-working and ambitious. In fact, China leads the world in manufacturing now. Communism cannot possibly cater for people who have initiative and who want to improve themselves.
So I am very sad to hear that communism which is just another religion, prohibits Chinese Christians from praying in peace.
Just as I support freedom of religion I also support freedom from religion . Nobody should be forced to follow a religion in which he doesn’t believe.
Apparently, it is forbidden to leave Islam and convert to Christianity. Once a Muslim always a Muslim on pain of death. I can’t understand how a person can be forced to believe in something. Surely belief is a voluntary act which cannot be enforced. We all know that the Spanish Inquisition was a horrible event for the Jews who were forced to convert to Christianity or die.
It isn’t easy being a Christian or anything other than Muslim in the Middle East, except in Israel, of course. I have already written about the Iranian man who had to leave his country because the Islamic fundamentalists were making it difficult for him to follow the Bahai faith.
Was religion intended to bring such misery to the world as well as comfort? Wouldn’t you think that by now all of us would have learned our lesson?
We should respect one another’s right to worship in a temple, a church, a synagogue or a mosque. I’m not even expecting us to love one another because that’s not necessary. I’m only asking for acceptance. We should have the right to pray and not to pray and it should come from the heart and not the whip.