Shanghai Student Riots 1

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Riots May Be Cause Of Shifting Shanghai Student Battles Result In Limiting Mis- sionanes. SOVIET AGITATOR HELD THE REASON Anti Christian Parades Heid In Many Sections Of Country. S HANGHAI, Sept. 19 (INS).— That the China-wide anti- foreign drive emanating from the Shanghai student riots may result in the establishment of a Chinese Christian church whic h will cut off all connections wiUi foreign missionary endeavor in China i sindicated in the attitude taken by many Chinese prominent in the councils of the Christian churches in China. Already Chinese Christian leaders have started a movement for the formation of the Chinese Christian Union in Shanghai and similar organizations will be formed elsewhere throughout the country. The basic creed of the unions will be that the religious liberty of the Chinese Christian church must be protected by the Chinese national flag. The action of the Christian leaders is directly due to the Nanking Road student riots. It was felt that the Chinese Church must express itself in this matter freely and without the inhibiting forces which foreign missionary groups feci in connection with purely political and economic questions in China. Aim To Limit Work. The Christian Union also feels that the future role of foreign mission organizations shall be that of the “machinery” of the Chinese Christian Church, helping it in its nationalization progress rather than being the dominant factor in the Christian movement. Foreign missionary organizations operating in China have for some years been planning a program of gradually turning over control to their Chinese workers, but it is more than likely that the present movement will hasten to a great extent the nationalization of Christian church organizations in China. The church riots have presented the missionaries with one of the gravest problems which they have encountered in years. Long before the Nanking Road riots, a violent anti-Christian campaign was being conducted among Chinese throughout China, presumably under the direction of Soviet propagandists. Anti-Christian parades and demonstrations were staged in many sections, the campaign reaching its climax last Christmas, when anti- Christian organizations staged demonstrations outside Christian churches in many cities in South and Central China. Millions of handbills and booklets branding Christianity as the religion of imperialism and missionaries as agents of the foreign capitalists were circulated. In the shooting of the students, anti-Christian leaders saw a new opportunity to hit t the Christian churches and foreign missionaries, and they were not slow to seize it. Through skillfully worded propaganda, attempts, which have sa far proved highly successful, were made to bring about a definite cleavage between the foreign missionary or- j ganda, attempts, which have so far ganizations and the Chinese

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  1. El Paso Herald,
  2. 19 Sep 1925, Sat,
  3. Page 10

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