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China bans teachers from mentioning God or prayer, intensifies crackdown

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Teachers in China who mention God or religion risk employment termination as communist authorities increasingly control education materials and expand their list of banned topics teachers are not allowed to discuss in classrooms.

A publication produced by the Center for Studies on New Religion which reports on human rights issues in China, the Chinese Communist Party is strictly monitoring what teachers say in schools and universities.

Teachers are observed in their classrooms by authorities who watch for “reactionary thoughts” or “improper remarks,” ensuring students are not taught about democracy, religion, or exposed to any criticism of the regime. Schools in China are government-controlled, and therefore communist in ideology.

“The government believes that religious teachers are hostile to the Communist Party, even if they don’t evangelize,” an English teacher from the eastern province of Shandong, said. “The CCP is afraid that they would integrate faith into teaching. That’s why they strictly control teachers and want them to follow its ideological system and eventually become puppets that cannot think independently.”

A college teacher in Inner Mongolia told Bitter Winter that last year, a central government inspection team came to the school to investigate teachers’ ideological standing concerning pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Teachers who responded by espousing “improper remarks” were punished.

“We were observed during every class,” the teacher said, adding that the Chinese Ministry of Education demanded teachers “not say or do anything against the party line in their educational or teaching activities.”

Another English teacher from Shandong told Bitter Winter that the provincial Education Bureau criticized her for mentioning “God” and “prayer” during a class on Jane Eyre, while another was criticized for mentioning mealtime prayers while discussing dining traditions in various countries.

China’s Education Bureau also released a proposal to each school that establishes an “ideological control team” in an attempt to ensure teachers don’t influence their classrooms with religious or ideological differences.

Censorship and control measures have increased in intensity since 2013, when President Xi Jinping took office, according to Bitter Winter. Since the Regulations on Religious Affairs legislation was implemented last year, schools have adopted “unprecedented measures” to keep students away from Christianity.

Last year, it was reported that a primary school in Xinzheng city in the central province of Henan screened a propaganda video in which Jesus followers were depicted as big scary monsters. After the presentation was complete, a teacher warned that Christian relatives might “cast spells” on the children.

Officials have also reportedly claimed that schools are places “for the state to foster students to build up socialist society,” with parents told they have an obligation “to nurture children in accordance with national laws and social requirements.”

In its 2020 annual report, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom noted the Chinese Communist Party has banned youth younger than 18 from participating in religious services. Additionally, Christian leaders are forbidden from organizing any activities with young people or encourage them to consider ministerial vocations.

In Shangrao, an area of Jiangxi, more than 40 churches have hung a slogan that reads: “Non-locals are prohibited from preaching; no underage people allowed in church.”

A previous report documented how authorities forcibly removed adopted children from their Christian parents, claiming the adoption papers were no longer valid because their children were “trapped by an evil religion.”

The CCP has also threatened to send Christian children to government re-education camps and ordered parents to refrain from enrolling their children in church schools.

China is ranked on Open Doors USA’s World Watch List as one of the worst countries in the world when it comes to the persecution of Christians.

The communist regime’s crackdown on religious freedom has also led the U.S. State Department to label it as a “country of particular concern” for “continuing to engage in particularly severe violations of religious freedom.”
Sources: Christian Post

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പന്ത്രണ്ടര ലക്ഷം കിലോഗ്രാം സ്വര്‍ണം ; ലോകത്തെ എറ്റവും വലിയ സ്വര്‍ണ്ണഖനി തുറക്കാനൊരുങ്ങുന്നു

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ലോകത്തിലെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ സ്വര്‍ണ്ണ ഖനി തുറക്കാനൊരുങ്ങി റഷ്യ. സൈബീരിയയിലാണ് ലോകത്തിലെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ സ്വര്‍ണ്ണ ഖനിയായ സുഖോയ് ലോഗ് തുറക്കാനൊരുങ്ങുന്നത്. ലോകത്തില്‍ ഏറ്റവും അധികം സ്വര്‍ണ്ണ നിക്ഷേപമുള്ള ഖനിയാണ് ഇതെന്നാണ് വിലയിരുത്തപ്പെടുന്നത്. റഷ്യയിലെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ സ്വര്‍ണ്ണ ഖനി കമ്പനിയായ പോളിയസാണ് ഈ ഖനിയുടെ ഉടമസ്ഥാവകാശത്തിനായി ശ്രമിക്കുന്നത്. 540 ദശലക്ഷം ടണ്‍ അയിര് നിക്ഷേപം ഈ ഖനിയില്‍ ഉണ്ടെന്നാണ് കണക്കാക്കപ്പെടുന്നത്. 40 മില്യണ്‍ ട്രോയ് ഔണ്‍സ് സ്വര്‍ണ്ണം ഇവിടെ നിന്നും ലഭിക്കുമെന്നാണ് അധികൃതരുടെ വിലയിരുത്തല്‍.

ലോകത്തിലെ ഏറ്റവും വലുതും പുതിയതും സജീവമായതുമായ സ്വര്‍ണ്ണ ഖനിയാണ് സുഖോയ് ലോഗ്. 2020 മെയ് 31 ലെ കണക്ക് പ്രകാരം 540 ദശലക്ഷം ടണ്‍ അയിര് നിക്ഷേപം ഈ ഖനിയിലുണ്ട്.

റഷ്യയിലെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ സ്വര്‍ണ്ണ ഖനി കമ്പനിയാണ് പോളിയസ്. 2019 ല്‍ 2.8 ദശലക്ഷം ഔണ്‍സ് സ്വര്‍ണ്ണം കമ്പനി ഉത്പാദിപ്പിച്ചിരുന്നു. 2020 ലും അത്രത്തോളം സ്വര്‍ണ്ണം ഉത്പാദിപ്പിക്കുക എന്നതാണ് കമ്പനി ലക്ഷ്യമിടുന്നത്.

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Pastor in Sri Lanka Forced to Close Ministry Following Threats and Intimidation

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Sri Lanka– According to Barnabas Fund, a pastor in Sri Lanka has been forced to close his ministry after being detained by police and threatened by Buddhist monks.

On Sunday, October 18, police arrived at the pastor’s house in Bakamuna, located in the Polonnaruwa district of Sri Lanka. Police ordered the pastor, whose identity Barnabas Fund has kept secret for security reasons, to immediately report to the local police station.

Following the police’s instructions, the pastor went to the police station. At the station, he was taken into an office crowded with Buddhist monks. With the pastor’s church attendance list in their possession, the monks went on to issue a series of threats against the pastor and demanded his ministry be closed.

According to Barnabas Fund, the pastor’s church has endured similar threats in the past five years. However, in light of these most recent threats, the pastor has decided to close down his ministry.

Barnabas Fund reports that Christians make up 8% of Sri Lanka’s total population and face frequent persecution and local opposition. Barnabas Fund notes that this persecution and opposition is often led of Buddhist monks.
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