Wenzhou, Parents Asked to Sign a “Kindergarten Family Commitment Not to Believe in Religion”

In the mandatory statement, they promise to educate their children to socialism and atheism.

by He Yuyan

The Wenzhou atheistic pledge.
The Wenzhou atheistic pledge.

A good Communist Party education starts from kindergarten, and it should necessarily include atheism. At the beginning of March, Christian parents from the Longwan District of Wenzhou, Zhejiang, sent to several human rights media pledges they are required to sign to have their children, aged 3 to 6, continue to attend kindergarten. The documents look genuine, and similar texts have been previously circulated in China.

The document is called a “Kindergarten Family Commitment Not to Believe in Religion” and should be signed by the parents, who should indicate the name of the child.

The promise to lead “civilized families” who “do not believe in religion, do not participate in any religious activities, do not teach religion to children.” Parents commit that they and their children will stay away from “Falun Gong of any other xie jiao,” avoid ‘feudal superstitions,’ and teach kindergarten children faith in science, socialism, and the Chinese Communist Party.

Campaigns for atheism may become more or less visible, but have never subsided in China. Xi Jinping himself has repeatedly insisted that scientific atheism is an essential feature of Marxism, and popular culture is mobilized to inculcate this idea. The total prohibition of any religious education for Chinese children is part of these campaigns, and kindergartens are just another agency expected to enforce it.