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Old 04-15-2012, 02:06 PM   #1
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Default Punished for Being Truthful

Punished for Being Truthful
(China Since WWII excerpt)

“Historians today estimate that 20 million Chinese died of starvation from 1958 to the early 1960s. Communist officials became aware of the growing disaster but were afraid to criticize the Great Leap Forward because it meant attacking Mao Zedong’s ideas. But in July 1959 Peng Dehuai dared to call the plans unrealistic at a Communist Party meeting in Lushan. Mao was angry that someone had dared question him, but he accepted responsibility for the failure. On July 23 Mao admitted, “It is I who am to blame.”

"After that meeting, the CCP retreated from the Great Leap....

Mao the All-Powerful
"Even though Peng had been accurate in his assessment of the situation, he was punished for being truthful. He was dismissed as minister of defense and spent many years in forced labor camps. Mao was so powerful that it was dangerous to challenge him even when everyone knew he was wrong. His power stemmed not only from the positions he held but from the deep reverence most Chinese had for the leader of the Communist revolution.

"Mao displayed this power during the meeting at Lushan. After accepting the blame for the failure of the Great Leap, he told the other Communist leaders that if his apology was not good enough he would go to the countryside to lead the peasants to overthrow the government. If those of you in the Liberation Army won’t follow me, then I will go and find a Red Army, and organize another Liberation Army.” The officials knew that Mao’s threat was not an idle one. They backed down on criticizing him any further because they feared that Mao could lead another revolt that could topple their government.”

Fair Comparisons of Lee to Mao
The Fermentation of the Present Rebellion is a fabrication of church history involving men who were punished for speaking the truth. In Brother Lee’s final words of dishonor about them, he said, “instead of excellent Christian virtues, what we see in the present rebellion are exaggerated criticisms…” (p. 75). But the facts tell the story and put the blame where it belongs. At least Mao in communist China could capitulate to the truth - "It is I who am to blame." However, this "excellent Christian virtue" of confessing the truth escaped Brother Lee, and it also escapes Local Church leaders who have followed him closely.

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