China BOYCOTTS Christmas: Crackdown on Christians to save culture from ‘western opium’

Saturday, December 23, 2017
By Paul Martin

CHINA has launched a crackdown against Christmas in a bid to rein in their citizens from ditching local customs for Western festivities.

By BELINDA ROBINSON
Express.co.uk
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

The festive season is a huge event in China, despite it being an atheist country, with shopping centres decorated and locals visiting monuments with elaborately decorated Christmas trees.

But the Chinese people’s enthusiasm for Christmas has led some in China’s ruling Communist Party to call for a boycott.

Their fear is that local people are increasingly rejecting their own cultural festivities and traditions to indulge in ‘western opium’.

In the southern city of Hengyang, the local party reminded people no party members or their family should take part in “any religious activity from the West”.

The atheist party rejects the Christian holiday and demands its members pledge loyalty, according to The Telegraph.

Earlier this month, a Chinese university also banned Christmas in a bid to help young people resist the “corrosion of Western religious culture”.

Shenyang Pharmaceutical University informed students the ban was to help them develop their own “cultural confidence”.

And the university claimed youngsters have been “blindly excited” by Western holidays.

The statement said: “In recent years, influenced by Western culture and individual business operations, as well as erroneous public opinions expressed on the Internet, some young people are blindly excited by Western holidays, especially religious holidays like Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.”

The ban was put in place “in order to guide the youth league members in building cultural confidence and resisting the corrosion caused by Western religious culture”.

A host of academics in China have blamed President Xi Jinping for tightening the rules after he took the helm of the Communist Party five years ago.

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