Beijing: Despite severe flak on China, the country continues to repress the minorities. The Chinese officials have now ordered Christians to smash crosses and remove images of Jesus from their homes and replace it with Communist leaders.
According to reports, Chinese authorities have destroyed religious symbols by force in churches in multiple provinces, including Anhui, Jiangsu, Hebei and Zhejiang.
Daily Mail citing independent outlet Bitter Winter, reported that officials of Shanxi demanded that religious images be taken down and replaces with pictures of Communist leaders.
Village officials were instructed to remove crosses, religious symbols and images from the homes of some people of faith, wrote the magazine that focuses on religious liberty and human rights in China.The government was said to be targeting poverty-stricken residents who received social welfare payments, and those families must instead display portraits of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping.
As per reports, the Chinese central government in late last year had ordered its censors to review and edit all translated versions of classic religious books to make sure that their messages reflect the principles of Socialism.