See, *This* is Persecution.

Chinese Police Raid Underground Christian Newspapers In Latest ‘House Church’ Crackdown

Chinese police raided the offices of two underground Christian newspapers on Monday and seized four prominent staff members who are still missing, the Texas-based Christian rights group ChinaAid reports.

The publications, A Kernel of Wheat and A Foreign Land, were started by members of China’s 40-million strong “house church” movement, an underground network of Christians who meet in private homes because the government disallows them from registering larger spaces to worship and repeatedly cracks down on open-air gatherings, according to Radio Free Asia.

I’m burning the midnight oil for work, but given the subject of yesterday’s entry, I thought I would post something that shows actual, real persecution of Christians by the government.  Sometimes we get so used to people like Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum yammering on about how Obama’s trying to destroy Christianity that we forget what that kind of thing actually looks like.

My money’s on the “four prominent staff members” not being found for a long time, though I obviously hope I’m wrong.

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4 Responses to See, *This* is Persecution.

  1. Dan Adler says:

    “seized four prominent staff members who are still missing”

    Uh… if they were seized, how can they be missing? Did they get seized and then promptly escape? Or is that just a really bad translation of something else?

  2. Richard says:

    Thanks for posting, Senator. What a diversity of religious movements there aren’t allowed to be in China! I hope the “disappeared” soon reappear unharmed. Is Amnesty on the case here?

    • It doesn’t appear that they have a presence in China … and I strongly suspect that writing scathing reports about the way they treat Christians, the Falun Gong, and other minority groups doesn’t really do a whole lot. Again, I hope I’m wrong, but I’m not sure a whole lot is going to be done about this. Generally speaking, China pretty much does whatever the hell it wants unless there’s a significant economic or technological benefit to get the ruling body to change its mind.

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