China’s Government Is Aiming To Eradicate Superstition

eradicate superstition

Perhaps we could use a bit of this policy approach here in the United States? Reuters reports:

China is struggling to get its estimated 100 million religious believers to banish superstitious beliefs about things like sickness and death, the country’s top religious affairs official told a state-run newspaper.

Wang Zuoan, head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, said there had been an explosion of religious belief in China along with the nation’s economic boom, which he attributed to a desire for reassurance in an increasingly complex world.

While religion could be a force for good in officially atheist China, it was important to ensure people were not mislead, he told the Study Times: “We need to help people establish a correct world view and to scientifically deal with birth, ageing, sickness and death, as well as fortune and misfortune, via popularizing scientific knowledge.”

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  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    good. maybe all the tigers can keep their penises now.

    • Kevin Leonard

      I haven’t posted here in a while, but I am really quite appalled at this and at the support. Yes. Tigers deserve their penises. But people have rights, as well.

      The article reads “Beijing also takes a hard line on what it calls “evil cults”, like banned spiritual group Falun Gong, who it accuses of spreading dangerous superstition.”

      - an evil cult whose motto is “truth, compassion and tolerance” –
      - whose practitioners disappear into China’s prisons –
      - whose organs become transplants for ministry officials and those deemed financially worthy –

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1809171/

      • Lady of the Snows

        Yea, thank you.

    • Anarchy Pony

      And the elephants and rhinos can keep their whatevers too.

  • Kevin Leonard

    Yes. We need conformity of thought dictated by the government. Good call.

    • alizardx

      I see you got the point. A government based on a religion masquerading as ideology proven to be false can not tolerate competition from alternate systems of thought.

  • Lady of the Snows

    Gets me how many idiot Americans talk about seperating church and state as though the church were the oppressor. Yet now they’ll be cheering on Falun Gong members being locked up. Oh yea some of ‘em describe Tibet as a theocracy lololololol.

    • bobbiethejean

      “As though the church were the oppressor.” Oh so you mean Christians didn’t subjugate women, burn nonbelievers, initiate crusades, and impede scientific progress for thousands of years? Because history begs to differ….. a lot.

      • Lady of the Snows

        Besides the fact that your reply is irrelevant to what I said, and shows no knowledge of the subject matter of church vs state, you might like to try reading books by real historians like (Wiccan) Ronald Hutton instead of atheist hacks. Ironically most of those claims are invented against the Catholics by Protestant cults go figure.

        • bobbiethejean

          How is it irrelevant to what you said? You said “As though the church were the oppressor.” Those are your own words. Unless you didn’t mean to imply what it looks like you were implying, my response is very relevant ad also true.

          and shows no knowledge of the subject matter of church vs state As an atheist, secularist, and ardent can’t-we-all-just-get-alongist, I assure you, I am very well familiar with the matter of church-/state separation, especially as it pertains to the US constitution. So your baseless, needlessly insulting accusation is utterly pointless.

          instead of atheist hacks. I wasn’t aware Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, Nietzsche, and Thomas Paine were “atheist hacks,” as you say.

          • Lady of the Snows

            The fact that you have actually quoted have a sentence of context to knock down a straw man, is why I’m only going to debate with you for amusement.

            Not least that you take the constitution seriously when it was cobbled together without much thought, and the only reason the church vs state shit is in there in the first place is because no one liked the Catholics. Do you realise how silly Constitution worship is?

            Last but not least a can’t-we-all-just-get-alongist wouldn’t quote Nietzsche if they knew what Nietzsche actually said.

            http://thescorp.multics.org/22nietzsche.html

            http://www.worldfuturefund.org/wffmaster/Reading/Quotes/Nietzsche%20Quotes.htm

          • InAwe

            Hey there. Woah there. What about Nietzsche?

          • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

            i do find it interesting how quickly “As though the church were the oppressor” makes you snap back like someone kicked a basket of puppies. That at some point in time ever a church could be something other than an oppressor is heresy.

            http://xkcd.com/386/

  • alizardx

    The elimination of Communist religious doctrine would be a good start.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      they said nothing of eliminating officially endorsed superstitions.

  • Sad Billy

    We just need to all get behind “Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness” and agree to disagree on the rest. As far as I know gravity and everything else humans coined science has been here since my creator tailor this universe to contain life.