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Casual references to faith getting shut down ... in GAMES!

Bob Unruh

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This means that no allusions to religion is allowed'

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Japanese school children sit socially distanced while attending a wheelchair rugby game, Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, during the Tokyo Paralympics at Yoyogi Stadium in Tokyo, Japan. (Official White House photo by Cameron Smith)

(Official White House photo by Cameron Smith)

A new report from Bitter Winter, an online publication focusing on religious and human rights, has documented that the Chinese Communist Party is shutting down even casual references to religion in games played by the nation's youth.

These are not online games, the report explains.

"Young people in China desperately seek socializing opportunities outside of the CCP’s official circuit. One of them are offline games, where players congregate, often in a restaurant or cafeteria, and guided by a host compete to solve a puzzle or problem. Millions of young Chinese feed what is becoming a booming market," the report explains.

One of the popular puzzle-solving activities is called "Secrete Room." Another is "Script Killing," where players gather and are assigned various roles. They are supposed to identify and catch a murder in whodunit style.

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But now, on Nov. 9, "the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism published a draft of 'Regulations on Controlling the Contents of Script Killing and Secret Room,'" the Bitter Winter report documented.

"Comments were invited before December 8, 2021. This is a common way of launching new regulations in China through a so-called 'democratic' consultation. In fact, rarely these 'consultations' result in significant changes with respect to the drafts," the report said.

It explained the new rules, likely a pilot for a national plan, outline a variety of requirements, including that there's no copyright infringement, that the scripts don't endanger "national unity" or "territorial integrity."