The youth of Red China outnumber the total population of the United States and Canada. They have a god who promises them freedom if they will follow him and destroy all other gods. This contemporary poem which they have put to music reveals how completely they believe and obey him:
We worship no god, nor temples build,
Chairman Mao’s love is greater manifold.
Gods we destroy, and temples tear down,
Better than gods we worship the One Man.
Mountains may shake, earth may quake and we are not afraid.
But we dare not forget what the Chairman said.
This is more than a form of personality cultism, in which the Communists excel. It is idolatry—replacing the Creator with a creature. It is worshiping a man-god rather than the God-man.
For centuries the majority of the people of China have been Buddhists. But today millions have replaced the worship of Buddha with the worship of Mao Tse-tung. This is true even in Tibet, which less than twenty years ago was one of the strongest Buddhist countries in the world. Buddhist idols have been replaced by Chairman Mao’s portraits. Quotations from Chairman Mao hang from every wall. The Dalai Lama or Buddhist god-king of Tibet has been supplanted by the Communist man-god.
Under Mao’s all-seeing eye, peasants run a miserable school system with a curriculum primarily made up of a study of the thoughts of Mao. Students who have grown sick of the “little red book” dare not discard it. It is the padlock that chains them to their Chairman, and it must be carried everywhere.
School opens and closes with the reading of the thoughts of Mao; thus members of the “locked-in” generation report to their Chairman at the beginning and end of each day. Mandatory meetings to read, memorize, and discuss Mao’s thoughts are ...1
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