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(6,106 posts)
Sun Sep 2, 2018, 10:48 AM Sep 2018

China Is Treating Islam Like a Mental Illness

The country is putting Muslims in internment camps—and causing real psychological damage in the process.

One million Muslims are being held right now in Chinese internment camps, according to estimates cited by the UN and U.S. officials. Former inmates—most of whom are Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic minority—have told reporters that over the course of an indoctrination process lasting several months, they were forced to renounce Islam, criticize their own Islamic beliefs and those of fellow inmates, and recite Communist Party propaganda songs for hours each day. There are media reports of inmates being forced to eat pork and drink alcohol, which are forbidden to Muslims, as well as reports of torture and death.


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China Is Treating Islam Like a Mental Illness (Original Post) at140 Sep 2018 OP
Something the Chinese and American conservatives have in common. J_William_Ryan Sep 2018 #1
Horrifying. Ohiogal Sep 2018 #2
No worries, Trump does not read much! at140 Sep 2018 #4
I read that large paragraph, and I think of the Lucknow Rebellion/Indian Rebellion of 1857 Pope George Ringo II Sep 2018 #3
Wow! This is strange. Duppers Sep 2018 #5
Here's a 2016 article re: Islam in Shanghai... Duppers Sep 2018 #6

Pope George Ringo II

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3. I read that large paragraph, and I think of the Lucknow Rebellion/Indian Rebellion of 1857
Sun Sep 2, 2018, 11:01 AM
Sep 2018
The final spark was provided by the ammunition for the new Enfield P-53 rifle.[39] These rifles, which fired Minié balls, had a tighter fit than the earlier muskets, and used paper cartridges that came pre-greased. To load the rifle, sepoys had to bite the cartridge open to release the powder.[40] The grease used on these cartridges was rumoured to include tallow derived from beef, which would be offensive to Hindus,[41] and pork, which would be offensive to Muslims. At least one Company official pointed out the difficulties this may cause:

unless it be proven that the grease employed in these cartridges is not of a nature to offend or interfere with the prejudices of caste, it will be expedient not to issue them for test to Native corps.[42]

However, in August 1856, greased cartridge production was initiated at Fort William, Calcutta, following a British design. The grease used included tallow supplied by the Indian firm of Gangadarh Banerji & Co.[43] By January, rumours were abroad that the Enfield cartridges were greased with animal fat.


We'll have to see how far this escalates.


(28,075 posts)
5. Wow! This is strange.
Sun Sep 2, 2018, 10:02 PM
Sep 2018

The Chinese gov't's policy has really changed in 8yrs when we were there in 2010.

We were frankly astounded by the number of Chinese Muslims in Shanghai and there were even daily loudspeakers calls to worship!

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