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  • Hey! Hey, hey!

  • Attention! Attention!

  • All village leaders, report to the village committee!

  • Emergency meeting!

  • Hey, mayor, what is it?

  • Hey, hurry, hurry!

  • I'm here! I'm here!

  • Party Central just sent down another priority communique,

  • promoting the suppression of religion

  • and banishment of The Church of Almighty God

  • to the level of a critically urgent, laboriously important,

  • and massively crucial political task.

  • They sent another one? (They sent another one!)

  • Listen, as village leaders,

  • we need to actively respond,

  • and restrict the God believers that are in our village,

  • and make them give up their faith entirely.

  • If you wanna talk about how we limit believers,

  • we already have the five-household mutual surveillance,

  • cameras at the village entrance to identify strangers,

  • audio propaganda broadcasts, propaganda leaflets, rewards for reporting

  • What else can we do?

  • Listen really, mayor!

  • For the few believers in God in our village,

  • we already assigned people to watch them,

  • especially Liu Ming'en's family.

  • The only thing we haven't done yet is move in with them. (That's right!)

  • Mayor, we've already tried everything!

  • And even then we can't stop them!

  • They're still secretly going to meetings and spreading the gospel.

  • This time, we have to obey the orders from above,

  • strengthen our efforts,

  • go to every house to make people sign statements

  • guaranteeing they don't believe in God.

  • If we can't find a way to make this happen,

  • not only will I lose my job as mayor,

  • you two could lose yours as well.

  • Mayor, the police arrest believers everywhere and still can't stop them.

  • How are we supposed to stop them?

  • I'm telling you—(That's right!)

  • Take Liu Ming'en for example.

  • He spent 7 years in jail, and suffered so much,

  • and he didn't give up his faith.

  • What else do they expect us to do against them?

  • Yeah. (There's nothing.)

  • Party Central demands no believers in the villages,

  • and that everyone follow the Party.

  • Even if there's no way, we have to find a way to stop them.

  • What kind of way is there?

  • We've tried everything there is!

  • Yeah, I mean what are they expecting from us, I mean. (They're making our jobs impossible!)

  • Come on, this is just like—(Enough!)

  • Both of you, stop complaining.

  • We don't have much time, so split up and get to work!

  • Fine. OK.

  • M … m … m … mayor, mayor! (You startled me!)

  • What is it? (There's a … stranger at L … L … Liu Ming'en's house!)

  • I'm 90 percent positive … (What?)

  • You're positive of what? (That it's a believer in God!)

  • This Liu Ming'en, I swear, really is a godized person!

  • Hey, you two, go over that way.

  • Yuan Hua, come on.

  • Let's go see what's going on!

  • Come on. Let's go. Hey, come on. Come on.

  • Hey, oh my wife should really be home by this time.

  • Who is it?

  • It's me, Hu.

  • Oh, you're here! (Oh, mayor!)

  • Mr. Liu, what are you doing today?

  • Your door was closed in the middle of the day,

  • I hope you're not reading your religious books again!

  • The police already confiscated all my religious books.

  • And you are well aware of that.

  • Then have you had any contact with believers in God lately?

  • With that huge camera at the village entrance,

  • and the "care" I get from you visiting almost once a day,

  • what believer would dare to ever visit my house? (Yeah.)

  • I don't have much choice, you know.

  • When you work for the Communist Party, you have to do what it says. (Yeah!)

  • Mr. Liu, the government sends me one communique after another

  • demanding that we suppress religious faith.

  • They especially demand that we banish The Church of Almighty God.

  • I suggest you take my advice and stop believing in God.

  • Yes, you should stop believing!

  • The CCP will never let believers in God go free.

  • Really, if you were to get arrested again,

  • it will not be as simple as 7 years next time! (Seven years!)

  • Hey, did someone come to your house just a minute ago?

  • Yes, that's right.

  • Where are they?

  • Who are they?

  • That was my niece. My wife took her to see the doctor.

  • Your niece? To the doctor?

  • Hey, mayor,

  • you come to my house almost once a day.

  • Doesn't the committee have better things to do?

  • You know, we don't actually want to come.

  • But these are orders from above.

  • We have to prioritize monitoring believers in God.

  • We don't have any choice in this!

  • Mr. Liu, the police have informed us

  • that after you believers in God leave jail,

  • you are not allowed to turn your phones off,

  • stop paying your bill, or change your number,

  • and for a year you can't leave the village.

  • You have to be available when we call,

  • and report back to the police station every month.

  • Hey, hey, and,

  • you have to turn in ideological reports. (Remember to report on time.)

  • Isn't this turning my home into a prison and limiting my personal freedom?

  • What law did I break?

  • You treat me as a criminal just because I believe in God?

  • It's no use telling me all this.

  • I'm just the mayor of a little village.

  • I have to do whatever my superiors tell me. (That's right.)

  • And you know very well,

  • the Communist Party are atheists.

  • If they forbid belief in God, what can we do?

  • We can't do anything.

  • In China, the Communist Party is in charge.

  • If you want to survive here,

  • it's best to obey their policy.

  • Mr. Liu, an old saying puts it best,

  • "Take off what shoes you must to cross the river,

  • sing what songs you must to cross the mountain."

  • At this point in time, we need to obey the Communist Party.

  • So please, listen to us, and stop believing in God.

  • Stop believing in God, huh?

  • We believers in God pursue the truth

  • and walk the correct path in life.

  • Why does the Communist Party always try to limit us?

  • Today, there are corrupt officials everywhere,

  • evildoers run amok, and every industry is in chaos.

  • Ordinary people can hardly get along,

  • and the Communist Party doesn't do anything about it.

  • What is that if not neglect of their duty? (This …)

  • What? Neglect of their duty?

  • To the Communist Party,

  • protecting their own power is the most important thing.

  • And there are more and more of you believers in God.

  • Exactly.

  • There are almost more of you than there are Party members.

  • Why wouldn't the Party try to limit you?

  • Why wouldn't they?

  • If you want to believe in God in China, they won't give you

  • any way through.

  • Ma'am, you're back. (Mayor Hu.)

  • What are you two doing here again?

  • Ma'am, we're just here to visit you.

  • Just to visit you!

  • Hey, I heard your niece came to visit. Where is she?

  • She left after she saw the doctor.

  • Mayor, really,

  • even when my relatives visit,

  • you need to check up on us?

  • It's because I care about you!

  • That's right, we care!

  • If you keep associating with believers in God,

  • you'll be arrested again.

  • Right.

  • We're fellow villagers,

  • and we need to take care of each other, yeah?

  • Then thank you so much for "caring."

  • You

  • Mayor, you've investigated and asked your questions.

  • Is there anything else you need? (You …)

  • When is it ever that easy?

  • This time, the provincial security department ordered

  • all county, township, and village leaders to personally go out

  • and ensure every person in every household signs a letter,

  • promising not to believe in God.

  • Hey, here. You'll have to sign it too.

  • Do it and avoid the trouble. (Sign it and we're finished, OK?)

  • Mr. Liu, here