Reactionary portraits: The Inter-religious Council - A mishmash of degenerate religious dignitaries


Vietnam is a multi-religion and multi-belief country. The religions introduced in Vietnam are Buddhism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Muslim and indigenous religions are Caodaism and Hoa Hao Buddhism. According to the statistics, approximately 95 percent of the population in Vietnam have belief and religious lives. At present, Vietnam has 13 religions with nearly 24 million religion followers, accounting for 27 percent of the country’s population. The right to freedom of belief and religion in Vietnam is adopted, respected and protected by the Party and State, henceforth religious life in Vietnam has been radically changed. Regarding religious life, religious followers have normal religious life at homes and places of worship in conformity with their traditional ceremonies. Some of religious activities, specifically belong to indigenous religions, are developing in contrast with what happened in the past. Belief and religious activities have been increasingly stabilized in conformity with the organizational charter and regulation, and in observance of the law. Governments at all levels has created favorable conditions for religious followers “go together with the whole nation”, promote religious culture and fine virtue in building the cultural life in residential areas; guide and support religious followers to proactively participate in social activities and charity work, to live the “good life, good direction”, support the patriotic movements, make contribution to socio-economic building and development in localities, through which expand the reputation and influence of their religions.

In Vietnam now, most leaders of religious groups agree that religious freedom is gradually expanding in Vietnam. The government is gradually expanding national-level recognition of religious organizations (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is one recent example), and, in provinces with cooperative local authorities, expanding local church registrations. But, there’s still unregistered organizations which have conducted many activities that violated the country’s laws and threaten our social security. Typically the most dangerous group is the Vietnam’s Inter-Religious Council (Hoi dong lien ton in Vietnamese). It’s still unclear when this mixed religious group was founded but it has held some anti-State moves for recent years.
 This is a mixture of religions including dignitaries from many religions, legal and illegal ones, as followings the Independent Caodaist Church including Hua Phi, Nguyen Kim Lan, Nguyen Bach Phung; Catholic Church including priest Peter Phan Van Loi, Joseph Dinh Huu Thoai, Anthony Le Ngoc Thanh,
Paul Le Xuan Loc, Nguyen Cong Binh; the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam including Venerable Thich Khong Tanh, Thich Vien Hy, Thich Khong Tanh, Thich Vien Hy, Thich Dong Minh; Hoa Hao Buddhist Purist Church including Nguyen Van Dien, Le Quang Hien, Le Van Soc, Phan Tan Hoa, Tong Van Chinh, Bui Van Luoc, Ha Van Duy Ho, Tran Van Quang; the Protestant Churches including Pastor Nguyen Hoang Hoa, Dinh Uy, Dinh Thanh Truong, Nguyen Trung Ton, Nguyen Manh Hung, Le Quang Du…
Being not to see or trying to ignore above-mentioned achievements, the Vietnam’s Inter-Religious Council’s dignitaries exploit the “ethnic” and “religious” issues to create instability in terms of political security, social order and safety, sabotage our Party and State through “peaceful evolution” strategy. They regard religion in Vietnam as a political force which can play as a “counter-balance” with the Communist Party of Vietnam. They always consider the issue of “freedom of religion” as the reason to oppose Vietnam. In order to fulfill their plot, they try to separate the religion from the State’s management and be at the back of some opponents and support them both spiritually and materially, use the religion  as the force to speed up the process of the Western-pattern “democratization” to change the political regime in Vietnam. These elements consider themselves as defenders for democracy, human rights and freedom of religion, use the mask of democracy, human rights to intervene into other countries’ internal affairs, including Vietnam, promulgate a number of religious laws, which have regulations against the countries they consider to “violate the freedom of religion”.
At present, the Vietnam’s Inter-Religious Council have been trying to take advantage of religion to sabotage our State, such as establishing “the Degar government in-exile”, “Free Khmer government”, instigate the trend of ethnic separatist movement, calling for autonomous regions, such as the so called: “H’mong Emperor” in the Northwest region, “Independent Degar State” in the Tay Nguyen region (Central Highlands), “Independent Khmer-Krom State” in the Southwest region, “Independent Cham State” in the Central South region. And mostly recent incident in Lien Tri pagoda in Ho Chi Minh city, where these members of the Vietnam’s Inter-Religious Council have engaged as criticizing the government, but it’s turned out to be a normal land clearance for national development projects.
Being equal with other nations in the world, the Vietnamese are entitled to the right to freely “determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development” as affirmed in Article 1, Part I of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Ensuring human rights has become a common ideal targeted to reach by all states and nations and the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. Being a responsible member of the United Nations and the international community, Vietnam always share, respect all international requirements and commitments of human rights. Vietnam’s historical reality show that many religious organizations and belief and religious activities always go together with the nation in the struggle against suppression and unfairness to gain the national independence and in the cause of building and safeguarding the Socialist Fatherland at present./.
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yobro yobro 14/2/17 22:37

A number of international religious events which have been solemnly and successfully organized and are highly appreciated, are vivid proofs of the freedom of religion and belief in Vietnam.

John Smith 16/2/17 22:21

I don't think this group is a religious organization, they just a mixed group of degenerate religious dignitaries.

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