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China Asks If A Little Bit Of Corruption Ain't So Bad


BEIJING - "Chinese people should tolerate a certain degree of corruption, because nowhere in the world is any country able to solve this problem completely. The importance is just to limit the corruption so people can tolerate it…"

This commentary appeared three days ago in the Global Times, a branch of the People's Daily, which are both mouthpieces for the Chinese Communist Party. Needless to say this has become the latest buzz in China.

Since March, Xi Jing Ping, a man who will probably be China's next leader, and Wen Jiabao, China's current Prime Minister, as well as the People's Liberation Army, have all three advocated an anti-corruption campaign. It is therefore particularly odd that an organ of the Chinese Communist Party came up with such a commentary.

China Youth Daily, an official newspaper of China's Communist Youth League, severely criticized the article, saying that such a fallacy "is harming the country." New Life News said that this was "a kind of self-deceiving mentality which plainly encourages people's insensitivity towards corruption" .

As for the commentator at the Economic Observer, he is outraged, "it's rare to read such utterly shameless remarks…the kind of quibbling which intends to make our country go backwards and make our civic awareness obtuse. Are such words also supposed to be called Chinese characteristics?"

Since 1990, according to a report published last year by the Bank of China, as many as 18,000 people have fled overseas with a colossal sum of money - more than $120 billion US dollars – and this is a conservative estimate. These people include all ranks of Chinese civil servants and senior management figures of state-owned companies. In other words, each run-away official stole, on average, an estimated $7 million US dollars.

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Is Disney's "Wish" Spreading A Subtle Anti-Christian Message To Kids?

Disney's new movie "Wish" is being touted as a new children's blockbuster to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary. But some Christians may see the portrayal of the villain as God-like and turning wishes into prayers as the ultimate denial of the true message of Christmas.

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For the Christmas holiday season?

Joseph Holmes

Christians have always had a love-hate relationship with Disney since I can remember. Growing up in the Christian culture of the 1990s and early 2000s, all the Christian parents I knew loved watching Disney movies with their kids – but have always had an uncomfortable relationship with some of its messages. It was due to the constant Disney tropes of “follow your heart philosophy” and “junior knows best” disdain for authority figures like parents that angered so many. Even so, most Christians felt the benefits had outweighed the costs.

That all seems to have changed as of late, with Disney being hit more and more by claims from conservatives (including Christian conservatives) that Disney is pushing more and more radical progressive social agendas, This has coincided with a steep drop at the box office for Disney.

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