(Bitter Winter) — In China, Communist Party members have always been prohibited from holding religious beliefs. Last August, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities incorporated this conventional principle into the newly revised “Disciplinary Regulations of the Chinese Communist Party,” increasing the level of punishment for party members with religious belief or sympathies.
To promote these new regulations among members, the CCP’s Organization Department released a five-minute “party micro-lecture” video on its “website for modern distance education for party members and officials throughout the country.” The video encourages party members to study, and emphasizes that there is “zero tolerance” for party members who have sympathy for religion.
The video also states that even after party members have retired from their official positions, they cannot believe in any religion or participate in religious activities. If they are discovered doing so, they will be expelled from the party.