‘USA Today’ reported on July 8: “… Religious publishers say President Donald Trump’s most recent proposed tariffs on Chinese imports could result in a Bible shortage.
That’s because millions of Bibles – some estimates put it at 150 million or more – are printed in China each year …”
While the Chinese factories print Bibles for the Americans year after year, Fox news reported on July 9 that “…
Christians in the Communist country are fleeing for their lives.
China’s ruling Communist Party has carried out a widespread crackdown on all religious institutions in recent years …
“… President Xi Jinping, who is also party leader, has ordered that all religions must ‘Sinicize’ to ensure they are loyal to the officially atheistic party or face the wrath of the Communist regime …”
It sounds like an antinomy that the CCP allows its factories to print Bible on one hand, but is unfriendly to the Christians (and also the Muslims and Buddhists), on the other.
The explanation is beyond money to be earned for printing the books. In addition to the atheistic Chinese culture originated from its ancient times, Marx says this about religion:
“… Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people …”
In short, although Marx dislikes religion, he understands its use as a comfort-thought (Opium) for those who have not yet found his soul. During such a transitional period, some sort of religious life is allowed; but it should not last long.
Compared to Lenin and Mao, Xi is already more tolerant at this moment. However, if you think the CCP is open to religions in the manner as the West, it is like expecting to have a taste of orange while eating an apple.
In the long run, the American publishers should better place their Bible printing orders to somewhere else.
The opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail.