…but I find myself in sympathy with a particular group of Muslims, whose culture is facing extinction. Over the last year, I have been reading in the Wall Street Journal about how China is closely observing all its people, placing cameras equipped with cutting-edge facial-recognition software, wherever the people are. China is building a ubiquitous “social credit” system for ALL its people, where they are continually observed at every activity, work and play, and judged for worthiness. Those deemed unworthy are denied jobs, the ability to travel, and other benefits of life. This horrifies me.
But the group who has been feeling these effects the most are the Uighurs, a Muslim group that lives in Western China’s Xinjiang Province. The Communist Han Chinese government deeply fears these Muslims, and thinks of them as terrorists. So many Uighurs have been literally placed in concentration camps; removed from their homes and detained against their will. Their mosques that haven’t been torn down, have been abandoned, and they are not permitted to communicate with friends or family outside (and even inside) China. The malevolent Chinese Communists call these camps “vocational education centers“. Ha! Uighur neighborhoods are still and silent, and the people left there are afraid to worship, or venture very far from home.
The Communist Chinese are pretty good at this sort of thing. Remember the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s? Where children turned in their parents to the authorities, and intellectuals were sent to collective farms in the countryside for “re-education”. An entire generation of Chinese was subjected to stunted development. And how about Tibet? Since being conquered by China, it has become a shadow of its former self, its people subjugated, their culture denied.
All in all, the Chinese Uighurs have actually been pretty peaceful, and not nearly as bloodthirsty as their Arab co-religionists. But the ChiComs can have NO hint of difference or rebellion inside their borders, so they ruthlessly destroy the millennium-old culture of its smaller ethnic groups. Han Chinese move into and take over the homelands of the Uighur, leaving their cities nearly unrecognizable.
I still think that Islam is Evil, but what the Chinese are doing to their Muslim minority is purely criminal, and Evil in itself. Many in the modern world think of China as the world’s biggest market for exports, or as an exotic vacation destination. Knowing what I do about how China treats its own people, I would never, ever go to China, for any reason. They should not get any Western tourist dollars, which just help perpetuate the evil. They certainly won’t be getting any of my dollars.