China to rewrite Quran and BIble
China plans to rewrite all translated “classic religious books” to reflect the socialist values of the Communist Party of China.
The order was given during a meeting in November that was organized by the Committee for Ethnic Affairs, which is responsible for all religious matters of the country.
While not directly referring to the Quran and the Bible, the committee plans a comprehensive review of the religious texts, which allegedly “do not conform to the progress of the times” and need to be fitted to the “era of President Xi Jinping.”
The reviewed editions of the text – sutras from Buddhism included – should not be against the principles of the Communist Party and will either be changed or re-translated by state-appointed censors.
In the meeting, a group of experts and representatives gathered to be told that they would need to follow President Xi’s order to interpret their beliefs in accordance with “the core values of Socialism,” Xinhua News Agency reported.
This move comes amid the crackdown on the Muslim Uighur’s that are held in so-called re-education centers.
Up to 1 million people have been incarcerated in these centers, according to U.S. officials and U.N. experts.
Beijing initially denied the existence of the camps in Xinjiang, but now says they are “vocational training centers” necessary to combat terrorism.
November’s meeting took place as China faced global criticism over its religious policy.
Patrick Poon, China Researcher at Amnesty International, told MailOnline today: ‘[The censorship plans] show how manipulative the Chinese government is, hypocritically allowing certain religions to operate in China but only strictly with what content the Chinese government allows.
‘In many ways, the Chinese government’s control, including censorship of the Bible and the Quran, has twisted the doctrines of these religious texts and thus the religions. There is simply no genuine religious freedom.’
A cache of leaked documents has shown how the Chinese government-run a system of re-education centers to indoctrinate its Muslim people in the far-western province of Xinjiang.