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-China Arrests 270 House Church Pastors

by Dr. D ~ December 13th, 2007

Early this week we reported on the new ‘Bible’ printing plant that China is opening soon. This was good, now comes the bad and the worse!

According to reports by China Aid Association (CAA), on December 7, police arrested 270 house church pastors in the Shandong Province of China. They were charged with “illegal religious gathering.” The pastors were handcuffed and led away as common criminals.

China is bending over backwards to be viewed as allowing freedom of religion in their country, however, events like this show the world that their current PR thread is bogus at best. Todd Nettleton, director of media development for The Voice of the Martyrs—USA observed:

“We hear a lot about how things in China have changed, and Christians are free now to worship as they see fit. But it is hard to claim complete religious freedom on one hand while the other hand is putting the cuffs on house church pastors.”

Response: We do need to continue to keep the Chinese Christians in our prayers. Also, political pressure form western government should be brought to bear upon the Chinese authorities who are quite vulnerable right now as they are trying to promote themselves as a country with greater freedoms in order to encourage tourism. This is their ongoing PR message in the ramp up toward the 2008 Summer Olympics. They are hoping for millions of tourists for the games.             *Top

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