Unfortunately, this isn’t The Babylon Bee.
During a review at the United Nations, China — guilty of its own extensive list of human rights violations — offered its thoughts on how the U.S. has handled matters of race, injustice, and police brutality.
A spokesperson for China said the country “wishes to recommend to the U.S. root out systemic racism, address widespread police brutality, and combat discrimination against African- and Asian-Americans.”
And ahead of the review, the country asked: “What measures has [the] U.S. taken to eliminate systemic racism, racial discrimination, white supremacy, religious intolerance, and xenophobia?”
It’s almost laughable China would make such a suggestion, given its own track record when it comes to Christian and Muslim persecution.
Here is a brief list of things the Chinese government is guilty of:
- China is indoctrinating children against the “evil cult” of Christianity
- The government has repeatedly lied about the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in China
- Its state-run media is misrepresenting Scripture to attack the U.S.
- The government is, at times, rewriting the Bible to promote communism
- Communist officials are arresting and charging Christian ministers for no reason
- Pastors in China face arrest if they don’t allow the government to install cameras into their sanctuaries for total surveillance
- The government is continually destroying Christian places of worship and tearing down Christian crosses, replacing them with images of President Xi Jinping
- Chinese authorities are turning shuttered churches into spaces to indoctrinate people with “party propaganda” in order to keep Christians from coming together
- China is detaining Uyghur Muslims and placing them in concentration camps, which the government has called “re-education camps,” a form of persecution many U.S. lawmakers and some news outlets have condemned as genocide
David Curry, president of Open Doors USA, a watchdog for religious persecution around the world, described the way the Chinese government restricts religious freedom as “very sophisticated and subtle.”
“[The government’s] primary fear is that Christians who follow Jesus have a greater allegiance to Him than the Communist Party — and they want to squeeze the life out of that allegiance,” Curry wrote at the beginning of the year. “There are other things happening in China that suggest the surveillance in churches could be just the beginning.”
Despite all this, over the summer, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) claimed China is “growing into a respectable nation.”
“We hold China as a potential trading partner, as a country that has pulled tens of millions of people out of poverty in a short period of time, as a country growing into a respectable nation amongst nations,” she said. “I deeply believe that.”
It is critical Christians and those who value religious freedom continue pushing back against this narrative, rejecting the suggestion China has any authority upon which to give the U.S. tips on human rights.