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China’s Communist Party has banned children from engaging in all religious activities in China’s “Little Mecca,” prompting fears that the government is eradicating Islam.
“The winds have shifted. Frankly, I’m very afraid they’re going to implement the Xinjiang model here,” a local imam, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. “They want to secularize Muslims, to cut off Islam at the roots. These days, children are not allowed to believe in religion: only in Communism and the party.”
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The Chinese government has enacted similar but more severe restrictions in Xinjiang, such as outlawing beards and forbidding the owning and selling of Korans. Authorities say the restrictions are meant to route out “separatism” and “religious extremism” and to stem terrorist activity. Locals in Linxia insist, however, that their brand of Islam is different from the one practiced by Uyghur Muslims.
“They believe in Islam too, but they’re violent and bloodthirsty. We’re...
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