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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE MYTH OF CHINA’S RELIGIOUS INTOLERANCE   Leave a comment

 

 

 

JOHN CHUCKMAN

POSTED RESPONSES TO AN EDITORIAL IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

‘”Human rights” is a Western concept that has no importance or meaning in Chinese thought.

‘Or in Islam, for that matter.’

Only partly right, and more wrong than right.

“Human rights” is a modern concept, having no long history in Europe.

Every state which reaches general prosperity and modernity comes to gradually embrace the concept.

Even in a place like Saudi Arabia, there is a growing implicit recognition.

So, too, China.

It took Europe a very long time to evolve the concept, through centuries of absolutism and religious violence.

The United States borrowed all the concepts in its founding documents from Europe, but it was a very long time until it lived up to them.

Dr. Johnson talked contemptuously of “drivers of negroes speaking of liberty!”

And we see today that ignorant fear, re-inforced by government’s special interests, can start making what we thought were well-established freedoms start disappearing under ghastly legislation like The Patriot Act.

Again, where is the concern for rights in a place like Israel with its 4.5 million people with no rights whatsoever and suffering constant abuse?
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The person writing this is simply ignorant of China.

China is not intolerant of religion.

Religion often in the past – as the Catholic Church of the sixteenth century – has been used by outsiders as a means of gaining power in a state.

The Chinese understand this, and much like French kings or Henry VIII’s England, they are against such efforts.

Outfits like Folun Gang fall into this category.

While I’m sure it has some sincere followers, the organization unquestionably has been driven by secret CIA funding.

And if we are going to speak of religious intolerance, may I remind you that the United States has virtually declared war on Islam, the religion of more than a billion people?

It murders literally thousands in Afghanistan and, with its drones, in Pakistan and Somalia and other places.

And not one of its victims was involved in 9/11.

Saudis, the folks helping engineer the violence in Syria, very much were.

And what of Israel’s 4.5 million victims, the Palestinians, people of many faiths actually, including significant numbers of Christians?