“Barbaric !” – Guan Eng on Taman Medan protesters
Umno Selangor leaders are “barbaric” to force a church to take down its cross, said Lim Guan Eng in his press statement on April 20 – see below.
Papa Dapster called the protest, which he alleged was led by Umno Selangor against the Taman Medan church, a “disgraceful act of barbarism”.
The following day, in her tweet on April 21, Mama Dapster also alludes to the extremists.
Hannah Yeoh declared that the “lack of respect for another person’s religious belief” is “EXTREMISM!” She’s talking about the Taman Medan G50, and not about Alvin Tan of whom there is no mention in her Twitter timeline.
So, according to the Dapster family, the 50-odd Malay demonstrators in Taman Medan are disgraceful, barbaric, extremist, intolerant and an embarrassment to humanity.
“Send in the bulldozers now”
Back in 2009, the DAP’s supporters had zero sympathy for the Indian villagers of Kampung Buah Pala who were being forcibly evicted by Penang crony developers.
The Dapsters spewed the most callous and racist remarks without the least trace of empathy for those affected.
See the reader comments – “Send in the bulldozers now”, “Let the bulldozers come in. Throw them all out!”, “let them live by the roadside” – made in Lim Kit Siang’s blog about those “stupid people” (see screenshot below) living in Kg Buah Pala.
The law on illegal structures and lawful building use must be obeyed, no?
A commenter tanjong8 commented in Kit Siang’s blog on 6 Aug 2009 @ 9:41 pm:
“As a people’s govenment, the Penang government is acting and governing in the people’s interest. Hence, all decisions shall be seen to be fair and acceptable to the people.”
In the eyes of the DAP supporters, demolishing Kampung Buah Pala was in the best interest of the people.
Similarly, the government is only acting in the the best interest of the people when it enforces the law with regard to proper permits for houses of worship. After all, aren’t the evangelical churches mushrooming in Jerusubang illegal?
“Show them what the law is like” – Dapsters sendiri yang kata dulu
Datuk Abdullah Abu Bakar (pix below) only wishes to ascertain whether the ‘Community of Praise’ society is registered as a religious organization and whether their building has got a permit to operate as a church.
Dapsters speaking up in 2009 wanted the Kg Buah Pala Indians to be shown “what the law is like” – see screenshot above. “Typical squatters in Penang, so so typical” should be given no quarter, the Dapsters cried.
In Taman Medan, nobody brought in any bulldozers. And unlike the spate of church demolitions in China, the cross on the ‘Community of Praise‘ building was removed by the pastor and his flock themselves without any violence.
Yeah, very civilized of the Dapsters to ask that Indian squatters be thrown out – “let them live by the roadside” (see screenshot above)
Civilization and uncivilized behaviour
The Chinese diaspora in Malaysia are fond of boasting that our motherland has a 5,000-year-old civilization.
Today, there are almost as many Christians in China as there are members of the Communist Party.
Beijing, the seat of this much vaunted 5,000-year-old civilization, once again feels threatened by the burgeoning number of evangelical Christians – the modern-day equivalent of “barbarians at the gate”.
Jerusalem in China for God’s new Chosen People
Beijing and the provincial authorities in China are very now concerned about the march of Christian triumphalism in their country.
Henan is the province thought to have the most number of Christians overall while Zhejiang is the province believed to have the highest percentage of Christians.
The city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang is dubbed the Chinese “Jerusalem”.
Removing public displays of the cross
In just the last year alone, some 400 churches mostly in Zhejiang were either compelled to remove their crosses or had their buildings demolished.
Xia Baolong is the communist party secretary of Zhejiang. Xia is an important ally of President Xi Jinping. He is overseeing the policy to contain the rapid spread of evangelical Christianity.
On 28 April 2014, Wenzhou authorities tore down the 180-foot spire of Sanjiang Church (photos above) saying it violated zoning regulations – see New York Times report.
“’As Christianity becomes stronger, it jostles up against other religions,’ said Mayfair Yang, a professor at the of California, Santa Barbara, who has done field work on religious land conflicts in Wenzhou.” – ‘Church-State clash in China coalesces around a toppled spire‘ (NYT, 29 May 2014)
The NYT reported said officials were quoted as saying that “Sanjiang Church was built without proper zoning, taking up five times the 20,000 square feet allowed by its permits and sitting on land zoned for agricultural use.”
BELOW: Action against other churches
History of anti-Christianity movements in China
The Boxer Rebellion which started from Shandong – see map above – was a popular uprising against Christian zealots and missionaries. “By late 1899 the Boxers were openly attacking Chinese Christians and Western missionaries”, said Encyclopædia Britannica, and they “killed suspected Chinese Christians on sight”.
Angry Chinese rebels stormed through the countryside burning churches, according to the About.com timeline. On 14 June 1900, thousands descended on Beijing and torched the city’s churches. On 9 July 1900, the Governor of Shanxi executed 44 foreign missionary families, including children.
Altogether 32,000 Chinese Christian converts were killed in the conflict. “Christian missionary activities helped provoke the Boxers”, explained Encyclopædia Britannica.
The locals refused to tolerate the disrespect shown by these born again Christians towards Chinese cultural sensitivities and whose “aggressive proselytizing” had “brought instability and social tensions” to China.
A destructive cult of “peace-loving” troublemakers
The Boxer Rebellion was not the first instance of mob justice against Chinese Christians who were viewed as troublemakers. Some decades earlier, a trouble-making Christian convert had led the violent Taiping Rebellion (1850-64) which claimed an estimated 20 million lives.
Hong Xiuquan preached the doctrine of Father, Son and Holy Spirit but he additionally believed himself to be the younger brother of Jesus Christ. His messiah complex prompted his belief that he was “sent to reform China”, said the Encyclopædia Britannica entry on the Taiping Rebellion.
The revolt was a “radical political and religious upheaval”. In 1851 following the success of his rebel army, Hong declared that he had received the mandate from heaven to establish the Heavenly Kingdom of Peace (tai ping tian guo) with himself as king.
On 19 March 1853, Hong’s army took the ancient city of Nanjing in Jiangsu province – see China map above. The victorious Christian general was “carried into Nanjing on a golden palanquin wearing a yellow robe” (see http://taipingrebellion.com/yangtze.htm#nan).
More than a century ago, creepy Christians already had delusions of grandeur after having successfully exploited the 3Gs – Gold, Glory & Gospel.
For a meek and mild, small minority, those born again Christians sure caused a lot of mayhem in China.