China steps up persecution against Christians before Christmas

20 December 2018
519 Views

A recent surge of police action against churches in China has raised concerns the government is getting even tougher on unsanctioned Christian activity.

Among those arrested are a prominent pastor and his wife, of the Early Rain Covenant Church in Sichuan. Both have been charged with state subversion.

And on Saturday morning, dozens of police raided a children’s Bible class at Rongguili Church in Guangzhou.

One Christian in Chengdu told the BBC: “I’m lucky they haven’t found me yet.”

China is officially atheist, though says it allows religious freedom.

But it has over the years repeatedly taken action against religious leaders it considers to be threatening to its authority or to the stability of the state, which, according to Human Rights Watch, “makes a mockery of the government’s claim that it respects religious beliefs”.

The government pressures Christians to join one of the Three-Self Patriotic churches, state-sanctioned bodies which toe the Communist Party line and are led by approved priests.

source: bbc

You may be interested

Immediate US sanctions against Turkey for S-400 system
WORLD
shares18 views
WORLD
shares18 views

Immediate US sanctions against Turkey for S-400 system

makis - Dec 04, 2020

The 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) provides for the imposition of sanctions against Turkey for the acquisition of the…

Covid-19 Greece – 1,882 new cases on Thursday
GREECE
shares36 views
GREECE
shares36 views

Covid-19 Greece – 1,882 new cases on Thursday

makis - Dec 03, 2020

The Greek authorities announced 1,882 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, 8 of which were detected following checks at the…

Greek Shipping Minister admitted to ICU
GREECE
shares38 views
GREECE
shares38 views

Greek Shipping Minister admitted to ICU

Panos - Dec 03, 2020

The Minister of Shipping and Island Policy, Giannis Plakiotakis, was admitted for precautionary reasons to the Intensive Care Unit of…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.