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  • China shutters churches, demands recant of faith

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018 (10 days ago)

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    BEIJING (BP) -- China is raiding and shuttering churches, assaulting worshipers, destroying crosses and burning Bibles in escalating persecution of Christians under a Communist constitution that claims to grant religious freedom.

    Police shut down the largest house church in Beijing Sunday (Sept. 9), the multisite Zion Church, Reuters reported. The Chaoyang District Civil Affairs Bureau told the church it was illegal because it wasn't registered with the government-controlled Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM).

    A week earlier in Henan Province, federal and local government officials of various ranks stormed several churches and assaulted worshipers, it was widely reported. Read More

  • China bombs megachurch in drive to silence Christianity

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, January 16, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    SHANXI, China (BP) -- The bombing demolition of a megachurch in China is indicative of a rush to silence Christianity under new laws that will heighten religious persecution, according to human rights group ChinaAid.

    The Golden Lampstand Church in Linfen, Shanxi, was home to some 50,000 worshippers before the Chinese government bombed and demolished the church Jan. 9, according to news reports.

    Religious persecution is at its harshest in communist China in perhaps 50 years, ChinaAid President Bob Fu told BBC News Jan. 11. Read More

  • Kidnapped Chinese Christian lawyer details persecution

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (11 months ago)

    BEIJING (BP) -- A kidnapped Chinese Christian attorney held in Beijing chronicles China's religious persecution in a book smuggled from the country and published in the U.S., even as Chinese President Xi Jinping pledges to control religion there.

    Renowned attorney Gao Zhisheng's book "Unwavering Convictions" was released just two days before Xi delivered an hours-long speech encouraging, the Washington Post reported, the purest Marxist communism and religion that is "Chinese in orientation" and guided by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Read More

  • China tightens worship, Sunday school restrictions

    by Morning Star News/Editor, posted Friday, September 15, 2017 (one year ago)

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    CHINA (BP) -- China startled Christians by tightening its "choke-hold" on churches there in September, banning Christian education for children and unregistered church worship "as if intending to eliminate all house churches at once," China Aid told Morning Star News.

    In Guangzhou, Guangdong Province in southern China, police visited members of unregistered churches at their homes to warn them not to attend worship services. Officers also summoned a large number of them for questioning, China Aid reported from one of its sources. Read More

  • Fines for worship, prison for Bible study in China

    by Julia A. Seymour/WORLD News Service, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (one year ago)

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    CHINA (BP) -- Amid increasing attempts to suppress religious activities, Chinese authorities have detained, fined, and imprisoned Christians for public worship, buying and selling devotionals and group Bible study.

    In late April, a court in Xinjiang convicted five Protestants who attended a Bible study in 2016, charging them with "gathering a crowd to disrupt social order," Asia News reported. The verdict came with five-year prison sentences for two pastors, and four- and three-year sentences for three others. They plan to appeal. Read More

  • Trump administration denies funds to UNFPA

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration's reactivation of another international pro-life policy -- this time by withholding funds for a controversial United Nations family planning agency linked to the support of China's coercive, population-control program -- has drawn praise from pro-life advocates.

    The State Department announced in an April 3 letter it would not forward congressionally approved money to the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) because of its partnership with a Chinese government program that includes forced abortions and sterilizations. ... Read More

  • Religious liberty in China 'rapidly deteriorating'

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The persecution of Christians in China has increased, and is expected to continue to do so, as a result of a dramatic policy change by the communist government, according to the human rights organization China Aid.

    In its annual report released March 2, China Aid said Beijing's shift in how it seeks to manage religion and the adoption of that new policy by government agencies resulted in expanded persecution of individual Christians and greater oppression of unregistered house churches in 2016. Conditions for Christians in the world's most populous country are expected to deteriorate further this year, the non-profit organization reported. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: High-level China religion summit sparks questions

    by Erich Bridges, posted Friday, May 06, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BEIJING (BP) -- A recent conference on religion attended by top Chinese government leaders has raised new questions about whether China's latest round of restrictions on Christians and other believers will ease -- or become national policy.

    Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the national conference on "religious freedom," convened April 22-23 in Beijing. The other six members of the ruling Politburo Standing Committee also attended, an indication of the meeting's importance. Read More

  • Bulldozer-leveled site accorded to grieving church

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, April 29, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The death of a Chinese Christian woman beneath the rubble of her bulldozed church has sparked a step of contrition by local authorities -- the now-vacant lot is the undisputed property of the grieving congregation.

    China Aid, a key advocacy organization for religious freedom in China, attributed the local action to international pressure after the killing of Ding Cuimei. Read More

  • Bulldozer death in China draws Tiananmen comparison

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The bulldozer death of a Chinese house church member is being likened to the Tiananmen Square protester, still unidentified, who stood in front of a row of tanks during the 1989 uprising.

    Ding Cuimei was killed April 14 when she and her husband Li Jiangong stood in front of a bulldozer poised to destroy their home, where they had been hosting a house church in China's Henan Province. Read More