Is it illegal for party members to burn joss sticks in temples?Here comes the definitive explanation!

2022-06-01 0 By

I heard that some friends want to go to the temple with their families to take a walk and burn incense sticks, but they are afraid of violating the rules!So are party members allowed to practice religion?Can party members take part in religious folk activities?Is burning joss sticks in temples a superstition?…Let’s find out!Q: Why can’t party members believe in religion?China’s legitimate religions mainly include Taoism, Buddhism, Islam and Catholicism. The State protects normal religious activities, and the masses’ belief in and participation in religious activities shall not be interfered with.But freedom of religious belief is for Chinese citizens, not for Communist party members.Communist party members are “special citizens” with higher political awareness, higher political belief and stronger organizational discipline than ordinary citizens.The Communist Party of China is an advanced political party armed with Marxism, which determines that the communist party members are fundamentally different from the religious masses in their world outlook, political stand, theoretical character and social ideal.Communist party members should always adhere to the great ideal of communism and the common ideal of socialism with Chinese characteristics, instead of seeking their own values and beliefs in religion.Party members believe in religion, indicating their lack of faith, ideal and faith confused, inadequate party spirit and purpose consciousness is weak, or even lose the conditions for party members.According to Article 62 of the Regulations on Disciplinary Measures of the COMMUNIST Party of China (CPC), ideological education should be strengthened for religious Party members.If persuasion fails to withdraw, his name shall be removed;Those who engage in incitement activities under the pretext of religion shall be expelled from the Party.Q: Can party members participate in religious folk activities?The freedom of religious belief of the Party and state is for Chinese citizens and does not apply to Communist party members.The CPC Central Committee has made it clear on many occasions that Communist Party members are not allowed to believe in religion or participate in religious activities, and that party members who participate in religious activities should be patiently educated to help them develop a correct worldview, make a clear distinction between atheism and theism, and adhere to the belief of communism.Those who persist for a long time shall be persuaded to quit the Party, and those who persist shall be expelled from the party.Communists are materialists and should not be theists.However, in practice, it should be noted that party members’ participation in certain ethnic customs and habits with religious color should not be regarded as participation in religious activities.In some minority areas, some ethnic customs and rituals are religious.If party members living at the grassroots level refuse to participate in these activities, they will inevitably be isolated.In fact, many traditional wedding and funeral ceremonies and mass festival activities of some ethnic groups, although containing religious color and religious tradition, have essentially become a part of national customs and habits.Party members participating in such activities cannot be regarded as participating in religious activities.Q: is burning joss sticks in temples a superstitious activity?A Communist should be a thorough materialist and an atheist.Party members who organize or participate in superstitious activities, lose correct belief, abandon theoretical armed forces, and encourage the wind of superstition, are prone to corruption and degeneration, damage the image of the Party and the government, weaken the party’s governing ability, the harm is very serious, should be subject to party discipline responsibility investigation.According to Article 63 of the Regulations on Disciplinary Measures of the COMMUNIST Party of China, those who organize superstitious activities shall be removed from their party posts or placed on probation within the Party;If the circumstances are serious, he shall be expelled from the Party.Those who participate in superstitious activities and cause adverse effects shall be given the punishment of warning or serious warning;If the circumstances are serious, he shall be given the punishment of being removed from his party post or placed under probation within the Party;If the circumstances are serious, he shall be expelled from the Party.Those participants who do not know the truth and show true repentance after criticism and education may be exempted from or not given sanctions.In the practice of discipline enforcement, we should distinguish between the organization or participation in superstitious activities and the organization or participation in general folk customs and customs.Some folk customs and activities with historical and cultural traditions and ethnic and regional characteristics should not be regarded as superstitious activities.The organization or participation in superstitious activities should be distinguished from normal, legal religious activities.Legitimate religious activities by religious groups are protected by state law, and occasional visits by party members to temples, Taoist temples, churches and other places of legitimate religious activities should not be regarded as superstitious activities.Source: Party building headlines