14 Nov '17, 8am

Chinese Christian villagers urged to replace portraits of Jesus with Xi Jinping to escape poverty

Chinese Christian villagers urged to replace portraits of Jesus with Xi Jinping to escape poverty

Swapping posters of Jesus for portraits of President Xi Jinping can help one get a ticket out of poverty. That was the message sent to thousands of Christians in Poyang, Yugan county in Jiangxi province, by local government officials administering a poverty-relief programme that seeks to “transform believers in religion into believers in the party”. Advertisement Swapping Jesus for Xi According to the South China Morning Post (SCMP) , a local social media account reported over the weekend that officials visited poor Christian families in Yugan’s Huangjinbu township to promote the party’s poverty-relief policies. The SCMP report said that the campaign was started in March, and that it focuses on teaching Christian families the concern Xi and the Communist Party has for their well-being. The report said that the officials had successfully “melted the hard ice in their hearts...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/11/christian-village-portrait-...

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