China erases ‘God,’ ‘Christ’ and ‘Bible’ in Western classics for kids

Aug 9, 2019 by

by Jules Gomes, Rebel Priest:

China’s Ministry of Education is purging words like “God,” “Christ,” “Sabbath,” and “Bible” from Western classics used as textbooks in schools as part of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) new policy of sinicisation of religions.

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl, Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, and Anton Chekov’s Vanka are some of the books that have had Christian references redacted to combat “religious influences” on the younger generation.

The popular stories are among four works by Western writers to feature in a new Chinese textbook for fifth grade 11-year-old pupils that are supposed to offer students an “understanding of other cultures.”

In the original story of The Little Match Girl, the child’s dead grandmother appears to her in vision and tells her: “When a star falls, a soul goes to be with God.” In the revised Chinese version, the grandmother says: “When a star falls, a person leaves this world.”

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