Worried about the rise in people's interest in spiritualism six decades
after the early Communists declared it to be evil, China's atheist
government is calling for use of religion as a patriotic tool to
rejuvenate the nation. It is also persuading religious leaders to
condemn self-immolations among Tibetans.
"Among our people, it
remains secondary whether they choose to believe or not to believe in
religion, or which religion they choose to believe in. The common goal
of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation is primary,"
said Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the powerful standing committee of the
political bureau of the Communist Party of China.
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