Vietnam: How the Communist Grinches StoleChristmas
February 6, 2015 – by Michael Benge
Alphonse Karr’s 1839statement “Plus change, plus c’estla chose.” (The more things change, themore they remain the same) is still valid in former Indochina after decades ofbrutal dictatorships.
As an agent of Moscow,whose loyalty was not to the Vietnamese people but to the World CommunistMovement (the Comintern), Ho Chi Minh, announced theestablishment of the Indochinese Communist Party on February 18, 1930. The goalwas to dominate French colonial Indochina – Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia – aswell as the rest of SE Asia. The Khmer Rouge was also a creation of Ho.Although he died in 1969, the Vietnamese communist party has yet to give up onHo’s dream, amoeba-like, Vietnam is economically and politically neo-colonizingits two neighboring vassal states – Laos and Cambodia – with regimes that arecreations of Hanoi. Hanoi has agreements with both regimes to have “advisers”in every department of government; including those dealing with religion.
The Vietnamese regime isextremely paranoid over organized religion, for it competes with and is indirect opposition to the political religion of communism. The regime’sgreatest fears are Christianity and Buddhism.
In 2001, Christian Montagnards in the Central Highlands of Vietnam held massdemonstrations seeking the right to worship freely. This triggered severe crackdownsby the repressive communist regime that resulted in large numbers of Montagnards killed, thousands of others arrested, torturedand imprisoned, many of whom remain so today. After the protests, thousands of Montagnards fled the brutality and sought asylum inneighboring Cambodia causing an international political embarrassment andchange in Vietnam’s communist party leadership.
In case one suffers fromthe illusion that there is no longer religious persecution, this might wake youup, for the brutal communist Grinches in both Vietnamand Laos have done it again: They’ve stolen Christmas from the Protestant Montagnards, Hmong and other Christian groups, especiallythose who worship in house churches or outdoors.
Compass Direct reported in 2013 that “communist authorities slammed thedoors on Christmas celebrations in two of the Vietnam’s largest cities” and inmore than 10 provinces, “in what probably was the highest profile move recentlyto step up persecution of Christians.” Authorities also banned Mgr. MichaelHoang , theCatholic Bishop of Kontum, from celebrating ChristmasMass with faithful Christian Montagnards. Althoughthe 2014 reports have yet to come in, it is indicated they did it again, givenreports from Gialai province. In all likelihood theywill again ban the celebration of Easter as well. This year the communistgovernment used the holiday season to pursue a violent crackdown on Montagnards and the Hmong ethnic minority.
In Vietnam, only churchesthat have a communist-ordained pastor and are registered with and controlled bythe government are allowed to conduct modest services to observe Christian holydays. One of Vietnam’s many religious mandates is that to become a pastor orpriest and register a church one must first pledge to put the “State” (i.e.,communism) before God. Some places go as far as to require the hanging of alarge picture of Ho Chi Minh instead of a cross in the appropriate location inchurches.
Most Montagnardand Hmong Christians refuse to worship under these conditions, so they holdservices in their homes. However, anyone who participates in unauthorizedreligious activities, including worship in house churches, outdoor prayerservices, protests or demonstrations against reprisals is guilty of“undermining Vietnam’s national unity.” Minorities with unauthorized cellphones also fall under this category. Violators are subject to ten years ormore imprisonment, tortured, and deprived of adequate nourishment and medicaltreatment that often results in their death.
Technologies provided byU.S. and U.K. companies allow the communist regime to closely monitor cellphones and conversations on land lines of suspected dissidents and advocates ofdemocracy, human rights and religious freedom; especially those used by Montagnards and Hmong Christians. The communists alsoexercise strict control over the media, Internet, blogs and social-networks,and “violators” are severely punished. In spite of the regime’s terroristtactics, some still brave reprisals and a smattering of information on abusesekes out.
Somewhat recently, theauthor received a dated list of 344 Montagnardpolitical prisoners from the Jarai tribal group in Gialai province who are languishing in prisons and jailsunder horrendous conditions, primarily for their Christian beliefs and forworshiping in their homes instead of communist-controlled Potemkin churches.The sole legal communist-sanctioned Protestant church in Gialaiprovince for Montagnards to worship in isthe Hoi Thanh Tin Vietnam, presided over by Siu Y. Kim a government-ordained “Pastor” who hasoften been seen accompanying police raids on Montagnardhouse churches.
According to WikiLeaks (id#78561), based on discussions with Kim, the U.S. Embassy and JohnHanford, the Ambassador-at-Large ofthe United States for International Religious Freedom, submittedfalse reports of alleged vast improvements in religious freedom for the Montagnards. Kim, a known disinformation agent, duped these“useful idiots,“ and their reports resulted in the State Department delistingVietnam as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) for egregious violations ofreligious freedom. CPC listing was a diplomatic embarrassment to the Vietnamesegovernment.
Only a handful of Jarai have been released from prison since the list wascompiled. The list doesn’t contain names of other imprisoned Christian ethnicminorities from other provinces, such as the Rhade inDarlac, Banhar in Kontum, the Mnong in , the Stieng in Phuoc provinces, the Hmong and other tribal groups inNorthern and Southern Mountainous provinces. Nor does the list contain names ofthe Khmer and Cham in the Southern part ofVietnam or others of different religious beliefs, such as Buddhists, Muslimsand Catholics who are also imprisoned for their beliefs. A comprehensive listof all those imprisoned for practicing their religious persuasions would make abook.
Vietnam, a nation of 86million, has 3.6 million Communist Party members, and maintains a police forceestimated at 1.2 million, including the Special Religious Police Force (SRPF – An ),one of the largest per-capita special religious police forces in the world.
Additionally, there aregovernment-paid forces belonging to the Vietnamese Fatherland Front (VFF: Nam), a state-funded parastatal organizationcontrolled by the VietnameseCommunist Party.
These VFF thugs, most often led byplainclothes police, are used as enforcers to carry out “spontaneous” actionsagainst targeted groups while giving the communist regime plausible deniabilityfor the property damage, beatings and deaths they inflict.
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