Ministry of Truth: The “Almighty God Cult”
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Central Propaganda Department: Discontinue reporting on recent public conversion assemblies and other illegal activities orchestrated by the Almighty God cult.
Xinchang Launches Special Investigation of Evil Cult
Source: Xinchang County [Zhejiang Province] Government Portal
Date: December 14, 2012
On December 13, Xinchang convened a meeting on the special investigation of the “Real God” cult. County Party Standing Committee member and Public Security Bureau Director Pan Yimin was present.
Pan asks that all levels of authority unite their thinking, raise awareness, stress key points, and devote utmost attention to looking out for the “Real God” cult. Realistically grasp the organizational characteristics, management targets, re-education, and guidance of [key members of] the evil cult. Complete tasks to standard, organize safeguards to standard, and coordinate government departments, villages, and town (streets) to standard. Practically create a joint workforce. Effectively stymie the momentum of the evil cult’s public conversion activities. Guarantee the political and social harmony and stability of the entire county.
During the meeting, county Politics and Law Commission Vice-Secretary Yang Zhuodong expounded on the harmfulness and present severity of “Real God” and other evil cults, setting forth prevention and control work for the current period of time. County Political Commissar Qiu Guoting introduced the origins and characteristics of the “Real God” cult, putting forth the specific plan for its investigation and management.
According to our understanding, “Real God” is also known as “Eastern Lightning.” Cult members call it “Almighty God.” This group creates an atmosphere of social panic by spreading rumors and propagating false claims and heresies, such as the apocalypse. The cult seriously endangers social stability. It is essentially an anti-social, misanthropic, perverse religious sect. Recently its activities have become rather common in certain villages and towns in Xinchang, particularly in remoter areas. It has an evil influence; the need to crack down and bring it under control is acute. All levels of the government are to alert the masses to awaken to the nature of the “Real God” cult, such that they do not fall prey to the faith. When propaganda materials or individuals from this evil cult are discovered, please report this immediately to the local police station or call the police by dialing 110. (December 12, 2012)
信息来源：新昌县政府门户网站 日期：2012-12-14 浏览次数：30
据了解，“实际神”又称“东方闪电”，组织内称“全能神”。该组织通过散布谣言、宣扬世界末日等妖言邪说，制造社会恐慌气氛，对社会稳定造成了严重危害， 其实质是一个反社会、反人类的邪教，目前在新昌个别乡镇特别是偏远乡镇活动较为频繁，影响恶劣，打防控形势严峻。各级政府提醒广大群众要认清“实际神”的 邪教本质，做到不信邪教，发现该邪教宣传资料和人员的，请及时向当地派出所举报，或拨打110报警电话。