Richard Land: Chinese Communist Party to Blame for Pandemic, Human Rights Abuses, and Economic Turmoil
Southern Evangelical Seminary President: More Americans Than Ever Rightly Suspect Chinese Government of Being a Leading Abuser of Human Rights
August 10, 2020
Charlotte, N.C. — President Trump’s recent ban preventing the Chinese owners of TikTok and WeChat from doing business with U.S. companies is the latest reflection of American skepticism toward China as a partner in trade or human rights. A Pew survey found that more than three out of four Americans blame the Chinese government for the global spread of the coronavirus, and over 60 percent of Americans — including Dr. Richard Land, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu) — believe China has done a poor job handling the aftermath of the outbreak.
“The American people have a lot more collective savvy and wisdom than they are often given credit for possessing,” Land said. “If the Chinese government had not suppressed all information about COVID and had not pushed, prodded or threatened the World Health Organization into declaring there was ‘no human-to-human spread’ of the virus, we would not have had the worldwide pandemic that we are currently experiencing.
“Virtually all of the deaths, suffering, and social and economic dislocation, both here and around the world, can be placed directly at the feet of the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party.”
Despite the rise of self-proclaimed socialist politicians in the United States over the past decade, the American public has increasingly soured on the Chinese Communist Party, which uses a socialist economic system to keep anyone not in power dependent on the government for their livelihood and to protect the Party’s interests.
Land says more and more Americans are finally realizing the threat that communist China poses to the United States.
“Overall, 73% of Americans now have an unfavorable view of the Chinese government, the lowest opinion of China we have had in the 15 years Pew has been doing this,” Land said. “That is very important, because the Chinese communist government is our enemy.”
With more than 1.4 billion souls, China is the most populous country on earth. Unfortunately, Communist China is the leading abuser of human rights in the world. International investigators and human rights advocates have unearthed mounting evidence that China has been committing genocide against Uyghur Muslim workers in Western China, complete with concentration camps, slave labor and harvesting of organs of the Uyghur Muslims for sale.
The communist government’s actions violate both natural law and what God has commanded in the Bible regarding the proper role, purpose and actions of persons who wield authority — subjects of study central to the graduate students who attend Southern Evangelical Seminary.
SES teaches that both moral law and the unalienable rights of every man, woman and child are discoverable in, and descend from, natural law, the fullest revelation and expression of which is found in the Holy Scripture.
Land says America’s leaders and Christian citizens must not fail to recognize, condemn and defend against the Chinese Communist Party’s gradual but aggressive encroachment on the rights of people both inside and outside its borders.
“We need to understand and to demand that our government protect us from Chinese attempts to thwart America and to curtail our God-given, constitutionally protected liberties. We also need to demand that our government defend the human rights of the Chinese people against their own government and others around the world whose freedom China is seeking to curtail,” Land said.
President Trump’s executive orders banning commerce with the Chinese app developers appear to be a step in that direction. If finalized, the popular social media apps could be banned from Google’s and Apple’s app stores.
Under Dr. Land’s leadership, Southern Evangelical Seminary continues to be known as an institution that equips evangelicals to articulate the compelling reasons belief in the historic Christian faith.
Read more about Southern Evangelical Seminary and SES President Dr. Richard Land, as well as his radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” which airs on nearly 800 stations nationwide, here. Richard Land is a leading voice of Evangelicals in America. He serves as an executive editor of The Christian Post and President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, a leader in Christian apologetics education.
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