Jiang Zemin on Adapting Religion to Socialism

Author: Jiang Zemin

December 10, 2001

Trying to adapt religion to a socialist society does not involve a demand that religious professionals and believers give up their faith. But it does demand of them to love for the country, support for the socialist system, and abide by laws and regulations. It requires that they engage in religious practices in accordance with and in service to the highest interests of the state and the overall interests of the nation; that they interpret religious doctrines for social development; that they, working together with all ethnic groups, oppose illegal activities using religion as a tool to jeopardize interests of our socialist motherland; and that they contribute to cohesion among ethnic groups, social development and national reunification. We encourage and support religious groups to keep their good traditions of being loyal to the country and their religions, making joint efforts for development, and serving the society. We hope that religious groups can adapt well to a socialist society.

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