The Wenzhou Department of Education announces an inspection in the city: teachers cannot be believers, nor can they preach; students must not believe in religions. The ban on entering church and attending catechism for children under 18 has already been applied for a long time.
Wenzhou (AsiaNews) - A campaign to "guide, boycott and prevent" the spread of religious faith between students and teachers: this is what emerges from a video secretly filmed at Tengqiao, Lucheng District (Wenzhou). In it a representative of the education department announces an inspection to ensure that there are no religious leaders who are teachers, that they do not preach during lessons and that the students "do not believe in religions".
The attempt to stop the spread of religions - and of Christianity in particular - in the world of school and university world has been ongoing for years. According to research from the University of Shanghai, at least 60% of students are interested in learning about Christianity and there is a continued growth of young catechumens in official and underground communities.
To curb the increase in conversions among young people, already in the past: students were expelled from schools because they were found praying in private in the university buildings. Furthermore, since the new regulations have been applied, the strict prohibition on minors under the age of 18 entering churches attending catechism lessons has been implemented.
Here is the text of what the government representative says in the video:
Right now, we may see on WeChat the conflict in ideology, especially the aspect of religion. In our schools, it is general that teachers and students believe in religions. Therefore, the Party, the state and government divisions should guide, boycott, and prevent. On October 5, the State Council will send a team to Zhejiang for inspection. From September 25 to 30, Zhengjiang provincial authorities will come to Wenzhou to inspect first, and they raised that Lucheng District must be inspected. A few years ago, our Tengqiao Town was inspected for this reason. They said Tengqiao Town must pay special attention. Municipal and district authorities have began inspection since today. First, our staff will enter the registered religion places to inquire whether our teachers or staff work as clergyman. If teachers are clergyman, you should take some measures. Some teachers are leaders of laypersons, even administers of religious places. Second, Security Division iterated specially the private preaching sites, or unregistered sites. From today to October 5, policemen stay there. How schools should do? Schools do not preach. Teachers do not preach, involve in religions. Students do not believe in religions. Religious elements are not allowed in campus. Teachers, including temporary teachers are not allowed to preach to students. Teachers are not allowed to believe and preach.