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Apple removes the Bible app from China in order to appease the communist regime

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In China, Apple has banned a popular Bible app and a Quran app after the communist administration determined that the programs breached local regulations prohibiting the hosting of religious books.

Due to compliance difficulties, Olive Tree’s Bible App, which has over 1 million downloads, and Quran Majeed, which is used by millions of Muslims, have been taken down, according to the BBC.

Apple declined to comment, referring the BBC to its Human Rights Policy, which states: “We’re compelled to comply with local laws, and there are times when we may disagree with governments on complex topics.”

According to Apple, the apps were removed because Chinese officials claimed they violated laws prohibiting the hosting of illegal religious texts.

“Apple CEO Tim Cook has been accused of hypocrisy by politicians in the United States for speaking out about American politics while remaining silent on China,” the BBC reported.

Chinese authorities are also removing Bible apps and Christian WeChat public accounts, following the implementation of new highly restrictive administrative measures on religious staff earlier this year.

According to Open Doors, China has more than 97 million Christians, many of whom worship in unregistered or “illegal” underground churches.

Between July 2020 and June 2021, the US-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern documented more than 100 incidents of Christian persecution in China as the country’s communist regime seeks to forcefully convert independent religious groups into mechanisms of the Chinese Communist Party.

During the reporting period, the ICC documented 23 incidents of authorities demolishing religious structures and symbols, according to the group’s report.

“The CCP has demolished, destroyed, and removed numerous churches in China, particularly those that refused to submit to its control,” according to the report.

According to the report, the persecution watchdog recorded 14 cases of “Sinicization.”

ICC, for example, highlighted the plight of a church bookstore that was forced to display Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book rather than the Bible. Christians were also ordered by the Administration for Religious Affairs to read President Xi’s book and memorize his speeches.

According to another report released in March by China Aid, officials from the CCP have been enforcing strict religious controls under the direction of President Xi Jinping.

According to Open Doors USA, which monitors persecution in over 60 countries, there are approximately 97 million Christians in China, with a large proportion of them worshiping in what China considers “illegal” and unregistered underground house churches.

However, Christians are not the only religious minority facing persecution at the hands of the CCP.

According to estimates, 1 million to 3 million Uyghurs and other ethnic Muslims have been detained in internment camps in western Xinjiang province.

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Apple takes down Bible app in China to appease communist regime|The Christian Post

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