Saturday, February 16, 2008
Chinese stepping up religious crackdown ahead of Olympics
A new report shows that China's communist government has stepped up its crackdown on Christians.According to the annual report released by the China Aid Association, there were 60 cases of known persecutions against house churches last year-up from 46 cases in 2006.The report also found that 788 people were persecuted, a total up from 665 the year before.Bob Fu, president of the China Aid Association, says the crackdown on Christians and unregistered house churches is related to the upcoming summer Olympic games.And he says the crackdown is even extending to foreign Christians."But one surprising thing was the unprecedented campaign to kick out foreign Christians and missionaries-and even businessmen-from China," notes Fu. Fu is encouraging Christians in the West to use their freedom to call for reforms in China."We can write letters to President Bush, who has agreed to attend the China Olympics this summer,asking that he will continue to raise his voice," says Fu.According to Fu, the campaign to deport foreign Christians is the most widespread of its kind since the communists took over more than 50 years ago.
As in the days of Noah....