(Minghui.org) Family is the foundation of our society. It provides people with support, encouragement, and love. More importantly, it is a place that we can count on and is a shelter when we fall down.
However, due to its anti-humanity, anti-tradition nature, communism wants to destroy family values. Engels, a founder of communism, said that it would eliminate private ownership and family.
The Manifesto of the Communist Party openly admits, “Abolition of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists.”
Communism also labels the relationship between parents and children in the traditional structure as parents exploiting their children. It purports to stop this exploitation to justify its destruction of the family. “Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents? To this crime we plead guilty.”
Throughout history, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has committed countless crimes in trying to destroy the family structure and family values. Below are some stories.
Belgian Missionary’s Account
Raymond J. de Jaegher was a Belgian missionary who preached in China from 1930 to 1949. He wrote the book The Enemy Within: An Eyewitness Account of the Communist Conquest of China.
His book tells a story about Meng Shulan, a 25-year old wife in a village in Hebei Province in northern China. Meng was a vivacious and ambitious lady. The CCP saw her potential and wanted to make her a strong female leader for the party.
So a CCP worker approached her, flattering her for being beautiful and capable. Then he stirred things up between her and her husband, along with his family. “Why do you waste your life and talents on those stubborn people? They have never cared for you. You shouldn’t be like those old-fashioned people in the village. You are not as stupid as they are. You are talented! You can be a woman leader in the new China!”
Gradually, that CCP worker instilled “communist revolutionary sentiments” into Meng’s heart. He criticized the “feudal marriage” and “bourgeois love” and promised to make her an important figure in the world revolution. Meng was lured by it and took that CCP staff member as her ideal communist lover.
She left her family and joined the CCP. She became the President of the Women’s Association of three counties.
“Naturally, she needed to abandon her first husband and his family. She denounced them in front of the CCP authorities and watched them being punished under the charge of ‘counter-revolution’ – this is the best excuse to punish people without any solid charge.”
In Father Jaegher’s account, the CCP published an internal flyer on “Issues regarding Love and Marriage.” It defined the priorities for people to select their spouse: “Communist youth first must pay attention to (the other party’s) correct political viewpoint, then to (his/her) education, character, health, and look.”
The CCP also promoted the equality of man and woman, marriage freedom, and the idea of “revolution superseding all.” It led to many divorces in China, which was quite rare before that time. A coastal town in Jiangsu Province alone had 931 divorces in the first year of the CCP’s rule. The condition for divorce was quite simple: one just had to “prove” the other party was a counter-revolutionary or unable to keep up with the revolutionary ideology.
A high-ranking CCP official’s wife proclaimed, “to a communist member, husband-wife life is secondary. Political life is the most important.”
A Rogue Revolutionary and His Three Wives
Professor Yu Jianrong at the Institute of Rural Development, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, wrote an article about his father.
His father was deep into gambling at the age of 15. He lost all his assets and had to steal things to survive. The village head still married a beggar girl to him, out of his kindness. The couple then had Yu.
Yu’s father kept stealing. He was once tied up after being caught for stealing from the village head’s home. After he was released, he took revenge by burning down the village head’s house. In his memoir, he described this crime as a “heroic” action of “rejecting the landlord’s suppression.”
Yu’s father fled the village. He joined the revolutionary guerrilla forces. After the CCP took power, he became the county police chief. He went back to the village and executed the village head.
Yu’s mother went to the town looking for him, only to find him sitting closely to a beautiful young woman Gao to “study work.” His guards dragged Yu’s mother outside. “You said you are our chief’s wife. How come our chief is so angry when he sees you? Falsely claiming to be our chief’s wife is a crime!” Yu’s mother was scared and left. She thus lost her husband.
Yu’s father married Gao and had two children. Gao was born into a rich family but abandoned her family to join the CCP.
Yu’s father and Gao were later taken down in a CCP power struggle during the Cultural Revolution. Yu’s father confessed quickly to avoid torture. Gao didn’t. She held to her communist dream and believed that the CCP would clear her name later. Then her tormentors showed her her husband’s repentance letter and divorce letter. Gao’s spirit collapsed, and she drowned herself a few days later.
After the Cultural Revolution, Yu’s father became Party Secretary of the city (the party head in charge of the city). He took a girl 26 years younger than him as his third wife.
When he was about to retire, he asked the party to take care of his two children from his marriage with Gao. His elder son became an executive vice mayor, and his younger son became a multi-millionaire.
Li Rui was the secretary of former CCP paramount leader Mao Zedong. Li was a rare well-known CCP figure who somehow kept his conscience and honored the truth. He even criticized some of the CCP’s wrongdoings and was punished by the Party.
Li’s daughter, Li Nanyang, wrote in her book about her mother Fan, “Every single thing she said and did revolved around politics. If you had a different opinion from her, she would feel you had Bourgeoisie thinking. She would try to pull you back into the ranks of the proletariat. If you didn’t listen, you would be at odds with her, and she would report you to your work unit’s Party branch and have them help you.”
In Nanyang’s account, during the Party’s political campaign in 1940s, Fan reported to the CCP the “bad things” that her then husband Li Rui said. Li was punished. Fan passed down the punishment to their children at home, scolding them, forcing them to stand, and not allowing them to sleep.
During the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, Fan reported Li Rui again to the authorities, to protect herself from being implicated.
Yang Mo was a famous author in China who wrote the red novel Song of Youth. Her son said that she had a severe deficiency: she believed that revolution work was the number one priority and that her children, which she considered as a private affair, was secondary or even a burden.
Her “burden” concept might have developed during wartime. She and many communist soldiers often hid in underground tunnels from Japanese soldiers. To avoid being discovered, the “revolutionary” mothers covered their babies’ faces to prevent them from making any noise; this led to the deaths of many babies. Yang attributed all these tragedies to the CCP and its ideology.
The Wave of Replacing Wives
Emperor Guangwu of the Han Dynasty (5 BC – 57 AD) once asked a high-ranking official Song Hong, “I heard a saying that people will change their friends when they move up in rank and change their wife when they have more money. Is that the norm?”
Song answered, “I heard that the friends who supported us during our hard times should never be forgotten, and the wife who accompanied us through hard times should never be abandoned.”
This view comes from traditional Chinese culture.
However, the CCP orchestrated a movement to “replace wives” after it won the civil war, to award its officials and military officers.
Hundreds of thousands of CCP officials, from the central government to the township level, replaced their wives in order of rank: senior officials found their new wives first; then the junior officials did. It was common for officials in their fifties to marry a twenty-year-old girl. If the bride ran away, they sent their staff to search all over to bring her back.
Then the Supreme Court issued an order to simplify the officials’ divorce process: the divorce did not need the wife’s agreement, and all the official needed to do was to send the divorce letter to his wife.
The CCP has abandoned traditional family values by replacing the relationship between husband and wife with one between “revolutionary comrades,” replacing familial affection with “class bonding,” and replacing human nature with Party nature.
Since the party line is placed above everything, husband and wife are made to report each other’s “bad thoughts” to the party, and parents and children are made to denounce each other.
Meanwhile, it allows and supports its officials–loyal CCP members–to replace their spouses at will.
The communist party’s goal is to destroy our family values and our humanity.