The Communist Party of China (CPC) branch in the southeastern city of Xiamen promised to punish its members who "believe in spirits and supernatural beings instead of in Marxism-Leninism," the official newspaper Global Times reports today.
In fact, the CCP's local disciplinary commission has carried out checks to discover if any of its 70,000 members have participated in "superstitious activities".
Those who have presented "problems" in the eyes of the Party must rectify by means of a "self-inspection" that affects participation in "religious organizations, sects or super-special groups", as well as "attendance at religious ceremonies or the use of visionaries".
These rules were published last August, and so far the local authorities have discovered about twenty cases in which officials have violated the political discipline of the Party.
According to an anonymous source of the Office of Ethnic and Religious Affairs of Xiamen quoted by the Global Times, all the members of the CCP in this town recited the oath of the organization, had to sign a letter of commitment to atheism and Marxism, and They promised to follow the rules and faith of the Party.
In 2018, the Xiamen CPC organized 31 discipline courses in which more than 2,600 militants participated.
The official newspaper reminds that, according to the latest CCP disciplinary rules -published in 2018 by its Central Committee- affiliates who believe in religions "must be educated" and must be asked to withdraw from the Party if "education fails correct them. "