(CNSNews.com) -- At the U.S. State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom on July 17, Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said Communist China has built an army of two million people to police the Internet and to violate the rights of its citizens.
For context, Pai emphasized that the U.S. Army has 500,000 active personnel on duty to protect this country and its citizens.
“China has built an army two million strong to police the Internet,” said Pai. “For context, the actual U.S. army has 500,000 active duty personnel, and we have about 1.3 million active personnel across our active services.”
“So, China employs a significantly larger group of people to violate the rights of their citizens than the United States employs to militarily defend rights like free expression and freedom of assembly.”
Pai also talked about the two sides of digital technology. On one hand, the technology can help religious believers to connect, learn, and deepen their faith. But on the other hand, it can be used to control people and to limit their religious freedom, as the Communist Chinese government does.
Pai also noted that the Chinese regime mainly targets Muslims, and that more than two million Uighur Muslims have been sent to Communist reeducation/concentration camps.
On Feb. 1, 2018 a new regulation to define the administrative framework around religious activities in China was imposed. Its aim supposedly is “to protect citizens’ freedom of religious belief.’” However, the regulation details strict registration criteria for religious organizations, said Pai, and it bans online religious services.
The goal of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is to gain control over religion by any means despite the fact that Article 36 of the Chinese Constitution states, “Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief. No State organ, public organization or individual may compel citizens to believe in, or not to believe in, any religion; nor may they discriminate against citizens who believe in, or do not believe in, any religion.”
Pai further remarked, “Our top priority must be to safeguard the freedom of expression. After all, the freedom of speech and free exercise of religion are practically intertwined; one supports the other.”
“When government has the power to restrict free expression, religious minorities too often pay the price,” he said.
“It is vital for countries that believe in religious freedom to join together on the international stage, to fight for an Internet where freedom of conscience is respected,” said Pai. “This also means joining together to speak out against those governments.”
Pai finished his talk by calling on everyone to do their part in the fight for and promotion of religious freedom.