In China, the Uighur Muslim minority doesn’t get to pull the same kind of Islamic supremacy crap they get away with in every other non-Muslim country. In just the latest of many crackdowns on the Muslim community, Chinese authorities are forcing Muslims in the Xinjiang area to eat pork and drink alcohol (both forbidden in Islam), saying it will make them more patriotic. If they refuse, dissenters will be sent to “re-education” camps.
The Sun Not coincidentally, 2019 happens to be the Year of the Pig in China. During the Chinese New Year holiday, officials also expect Muslim households to show emblems of traditional Chinese culture by putting up decorations, say reports. Authorities in Xinjiang, in China’s northeast, have delivered raw pork to Muslim households, says Radio Free Asia.
Muslims living in the Ili Kazahh Autonomous Prefecture told RFA that city bosses had also invited them to celebratory dinners marking the Chinese New Year, where they would be served pork.
Hundreds of thousands of Uighurs are being held in these detention centres, and being forced to undergo “deradicalisation” programmes including having to memorise and recite Chinese laws. The Uighurs are ethnically Turkic Muslims, and about 11 million of them live in western China.
RFA says it has received photos of raw pork being delivered to Muslim households, on the eve of the Year of the Pig. “Starting last year, some people have been forced to eat port so they can celebrate a festival belonging to the Han Chinese.”
One woman, also speaking anonymously, said that if Muslims refused to hang lanterns or put up other decorations to mark the Chinese New Year, officials “say we are two-faced and they send us to re-education camps”.
Chinese officials use this term – “two-faced” – to target Uighurs and other ethnic minority groups who protest or refuse to take part in such events.
The MailOnline reports that the country’s top Islamic regulatory body, the China Islamic Association, has also ordered all Chinese mosques to raise the national flag to “promote the spirit of patriotism”.
In a letter published at the weekend, it said this action would “further strengthen the understanding of national and civic ideals and promote a spirit of patriotism among Muslims of all ethnic groups.”
According to The Times, the Communist Party began an anti-halal movement to stamp out what it regards as radical religious thoughts shared among the country’s 11 million Uighurs. And there is a particular anxiousness in Beijing about Islam, which it blames for fueling militant violence.
NO HALAL PLEASE: Meet China’s pig vigilantes who fight against Islamization of the country. Xi Wuyi has finally “won” against “Islamic extremists” she has been fighting for years.
SCMP Xi and her fellow vigilantes have been watching with growing unease what they see as the creeping Islamixation of Chinese society, marked by the setting up of halal cafeterias in universities, the provision of halal-only food on planes and the use of code words to prevent the utterance of “pig” or “pork” on national television or social media.
Vocal vigilante groups angered by what they see as creeping Islamization in Chinese society. The fight to ‘take back’ the Year of the Pig is the newest battle in an escalating confrontation between the vigilantes and ‘religious extremists.’
Xi, a Marxism scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the best known member of the group cheering the post, said it had finally righted the wrong against “religious fundamentalism eroding Chinese secular mainstream culture”.
For Xi’s group, these developments represent a blatant effort to appease China’s Muslim population in areas where they believe the state should make no compromises that blur the boundary between religious and secular life. In this Year of the Pig, the battles seemed more urgent than ever for the vigilantes.
Many local governments have of late issued restrictions against pan-halal practices as well. Linxia, in northwest China’s Gansu province, has launched a campaign that seeks to restrict the use of the halal logo not only on non-food products but also on services such as “halal bathing” and “halal haircuts”. The region, with a 2.18 million population that is more than half Muslim, is often called “China’s Mecca”.
Religious fundamentalist forces’ belief in the absolute authority of a sacred religious text can lead to religion eroding society and politics, Xi wrote, urging the public not to impose “dietary restrictions based on a religion above mainstream values of the secular world”.
China has an estimated 25 million Muslims who live mainly in the central and western provinces. The fight to “take back” the Year of the Pig is merely the newest battle in an escalating confrontation between the vigilantes and those they see as religious extremists.