Here’s a new posting on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:
And here are two new short pieces from the Interpreter Foundation’s own Jeff Lindsay:
I’ve been neglecting my Latter-day Saint Scholars Testify (formerly Mormon Scholars Testify) website. Unexpectedly, though, a new submission came in just the other day from my former BYU department chairman. I had requested it quite some time back, and was surprised and pleased to see it:
My thanks to Tanya Spackman for her help in getting the entry up
Yesterday, as on virtually all other days, I saw a few anonymous online attacks against me. One of them declared me a “monster.” (All too true, say I!) Today one of them says that I’m a narcissist. And, of course, that accusation may well be true, as well. (Who am I to judge?) It also pronounces me a sociopath. Which, I expect, is also very likely true. Further, it declares, I practice priestcraft, profiting financially from the Restoration while knowing full well that its claims are false. Here, however, I want to quibble. In fact, I don’t know that the claims of the Restoration are false, probably because I’m simply too stupid. But I’m really puzzled by the charge of “priestcraft.” Where’s my check?
Robert Starling shared a couple of film ideas with me today and, with his permission, I’m sharing one of them further here. I would love to see something come of it:
The Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” File© runneth over continually. Here are a few recent items that should send a thrill of horror through the hearts of decent readers:
It’s helpful to contrast the horrors sampled above with the current record of the People’s Republic of China, which is an officially atheistic state. Since 1949, China has been governed by the Communist Party of China, which, consistent with the Marxist-Leninist ideology that it espouses, is explicitly atheistic, prohibiting party members from practicing religion while in office.
Here, for example, is a statement (which I cite from Wikipedia), from Sa’eda Buang and Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew, eds., Muslim Education in the 21st Century: Asian Perspectives. (Routledge. 2014):
Subsequently, a new China was founded on the basis of Communist ideology, i.e. atheism. Within the framework of this ideology, religion was treated as a ‘contorted’ world-view and people believed that religion would necessarily disappear at the end, along with the development of human society. A series of anti-religious campaigns was implemented by the Chinese Communist Party from the early 1950s to the late 1970s. As a result, in nearly 30 years between the beginning of the 1950s and the end of the 1970s, mosques (as well as churches and Chinese temples) were shut down and Imams involved in forced ‘re-education’.
Here are some links that I’ve been unsystematically gathering over the past year or two on the current plight of the Muslim Uyghurs and other religious groups under Communist Chinese rule.
Jewish News: “Jewish leaders call for action on China’s ‘intolerable’ treatment of Uyghurs: Munich-based WUC president Isa Dolkun met representatives of Jewish groups in event hosted by Board of Deputies”
New York Times: “Her Uighur Parents Were Model Chinese Citizens. It Didn’t Matter. When Zulhumar Isaac’s parents disappeared amid a wave of detentions of ethnic minorities, she had to play a perilous game with the state to get them back.”
ABC [Australian Broadcasting Corporation] News: “‘Deeply disturbing’ footage surfaces of blindfolded Uyghurs at train station in Xinjiang”
Religion News Service: “On July 5, Uighurs remember 2009 violence that set Chinese crackdown in motion: The uprising of July 5, 2009, and ensuing ethnic violence charted the way forward for China’s mass suppression of Uighurs over a decade later.”
Real Clear Religion: “America Must Condemn China’s Abuse of Muslim Minority”
National Review: “The Latest Research on Beijing’s Concentration-Camp Lies”
Varsity: “I am an Uighur who faced China’s concentration camps. This is my story. In the first installment of our new series shedding light on current humanitarian crises, Victor Jack sits with Ӧmir Bekali, an Uighur Muslim who recounts his imprisonment, torture and indoctrination at the hands of the Chinese state”
National Review: “Shame on Sarah Jeong for Belittling the Uyghur Genocide”
National Review: “Apple Spent $90,000 Lobbying Lawmakers on Uyghur Forced Labor Bill”
The Guardian: “As chief rabbi, I can no longer remain silent about the plight of the Uighurs: An unfathomable mass atrocity is being perpetrated in China. The responsibility for doing something lies with all of us”
National Review: “Christians in Hong Kong, under the Thumb of the Chinese Communist Party: The restrictions under which they may practice their faith increasingly resemble those of their coreligionists living in the mainland.”
The Daily Signal: “How the Chinese Communist Party Robs Children of Their Religious Faith”
I hope that you’ll take the time to look at one or two or a few of them. We shudder with righteous disbelief at the inaction of earlier generations in the face of the Nazis’ “Final Solution to the Jewish Problem,” confident that, had we but been alive in those days, things would have turned out differently. But would they?