Amid the atheist ruling Communist Party’s ambitious new effort to dictate the practice of faith in China, Christians have seen their churches raided, their Bibles confiscated and their pastors put in handcuffs and arrested.
A Christian pastor says authorities raided his church and burned bibles, crosses, and furniture. We all know what’s going to happen. Its communism and communism is counter to an individual’s natural deep desire to be free, even the Chinese people.
This time with its huge middle class, they won’t be able to limit another Tiananmen Square to just… well Tiananmen Square!
China’s government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China.
The campaign corresponds with a drive to “Sinicize” religion by demanding loyalty to the officially atheist Communist Party and eliminating any challenge to its power over people’s lives.
Bob Fu of the U.S.-based group China Aid said over the weekend that the closure of churches in central Henan province and a prominent house church in Beijing in recent weeks represents a “significant escalation” of the crackdown.
“The international community should be alarmed and outraged for this blatant violation of freedom of religion and belief,” he wrote in an email.
Under President Xi Jinping, China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, religious believers are seeing their freedoms shrink dramatically even as the country undergoes a religious revival. Experts and activists say that as he consolidates his power, Xi is waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982.
Fu also provided video footage of what appeared to be piles of burning bibles and forms stating that the signatories had renounced their Christian faith. He said that marked the first time since Mao’s radical 1966-1976 Cultural Revolution that Christians had been compelled to make such declarations, under pain of expulsion from school and the loss of welfare benefits. More
Communists hate the concept of individual redemption because it conflicts with their business plan. They can’t have people running around understanding that their rights are God-given and not granted by the state.
When will people understand that freedom and communism are the direct opposite of each other?
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