Aug 14, 2018

US supports evil cults to destabilize China: expert

Liu Xuanzun

Global Times

August 14, 2018

Expert rebukes US for supporting cults to destabilize China

The US is trying to destabilize Chinese society by supporting evil cults in China, and its accusation that the Chinese government is restricting religious freedom is a pack of lies, a Chinese expert said on Tuesday.

Article 36 of China's Constitution states that citizens of China enjoy freedom of religious belief, "but an evil cult isn't a religion," Li Anping, former deputy secretary-general of the China Anti-Cult Association, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

"Cults call themselves religions, but are in fact reactionary organizations that disrupt social stability," Li said.

On the contrary, Li noted, "cracking down on cults is protecting religious freedom and human rights."

Li's remarks came after a statement released by the US Embassy in China last month, accusing China of restricting religious freedom and naming the illegal cult Falun Gong as a victim of repression and discrimination.

The US accusation was "a pack of lies. It cannot be accepted," Li said.

Falun Gong is not the only cult that has US backing. 

Almighty God cult leader Zhao Weishan escaped to the US in 2000 and controls the cult in China remotely, China Central Television reported.

From November 2016 to March 2017, the cult transferred 140 million yuan ($20.3 million) abroad, Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday.

In 2014, five Almighty God members murdered a woman at a McDonald's restaurant in Zhaoyuan, East China's Shandong Province.

Cults must be cracked down upon to maintain social stability and ensure people's safety, according to Li.

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