Party expels member for participating in religious activities

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/31 22:53:39

A member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has been stripped off his Party membership for participating in religious activities.

 The Party's discipline watchdog in the city of Khorga announced on Monday on its official WeChat account that Ma Zhanqing, a Party member, was found to have participated in religious activities in a village mosque.

The authorities said that Ma has been hiding his identity as a Party member and refused to admit his involvement when they first approached him.  Ma has been expelled from the Party for violating the Party's regulations.

The CPC, which remains an atheist organization, formally recognizes Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Protestantism and Catholicism. CPC members are banned from believing in religious beliefs. A guideline released in February 2016 stipulates that retired Party officials are banned from practicing religion and attending religious activities.

Local authorities stressed that this is another case of "two-faced" people, which should be dealt with seriously.

In February, Xinjiang Party chief Chen Quanguo urged regional officials to take a firm stand, and vowed to severely punish two-faced people based on laws and rules.

A report published by the China Discipline Inspection, a newspaper run by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the CPC, in January 2016 said probes had revealed that some officials in Xinjiang were two-faced during the fight against the three forces - terrorism, extremism and separatism, and some of them even supported, participated in and secretly organized extremist activities.

On Saturday, Zepu county in Xinjiang organized 7,500 officials, Party members, civil servants and officers to participate in a grand oath-taking ceremony in which several thousand CPC members vowed to crack down on terrorism.

Global Times

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