10/09/2020 China (International Christian Concern) – The China Christian Council (CCC) and Three-Self Patriotic Movement, commonly known as the “lianghui” (two organizations) in China, govern all things for state-sanctioned churches. However, some Christians recently discovered that the word “Christ” has been removed from all of the publications available for sales on its online bookstore.
According to Ying Fuk-tsang, director of the divinity school at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, he was notified by Chinese Christians that the Christian books on sales at Tianfeng Bookstore on WeChat platform, have their covers altered. The word “jidu” (Christ) on all the books has been covered with stars or replaced with English letters “JD” (abbreviated from “jidu”).
While it is possible that the bookstore owned by lianghui did this in order to avoid censorship from WeChat, since anything religious is becoming increasingly sensitive in cyberspace, this shows that both freedom of speech and religious freedom are deteriorating with each passing day under Xi’s regime.