China shame: Christian persecuted amid pandemic as crosses torn down and churches razed
Amid the global pandemic, a Christian non-profit organisation found religious minorities are still facing intense struggles against the Chinese Communist Party. Reports have surfaced of crosses being torn down and churches destroyed in a crackdown against the Christian community within the country. The Voice of the Martyrs, a charity which aims to help oppressed Christians across the world, has studied the climate in China.
They have found Chinese officials remain strict on Christians even in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.
Todd Nettleton, the organisation’s spokesman, told Fox: “China is now holding itself up as a model for fighting the coronavirus.
“But fighting the pandemic hasn’t stopped communist officials from persecuting Christians.”
He added that in Shandong Province, online preaching has been forbidden.
In churches all over the world, online ministry has served as a vital part of outreach amid lockdowns, social distancing and self-isolation.
In the province, all Christian “meetings without approval” have been forced to shut down.
This is currently enforced by the region’s China Christian Council and the Three-Self Patriotic Movement – used to control Christianity in China.
Other reports have also surfaced through social media of targeted and intense cross-removal drives, with officials moving from city to city to destroy the religious symbol.
Places of worship in the city of Shangqiu were closed to curb the spread of the virus.
However, it was revealed local governments continued to inspect homes to remove religious symbols.
The founder of China Aid, Bob Fu, used Twitter to share a video which allegedly shows officials in Yixing city demolishing a church.
It is thought officials are capitalising on the lockdown, which keeps citizens inside, to have free rein to destroy religious buildings.
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However, some Chinese Christians are fighting back, using the lockdown as an increase chance to evangelise.
The Voice of Martyrs has reported believers have been able to speak about the Word of God because they are wearing face masks.
This means China’s facial-recognition cameras are less likely to identify them.
Christianity is a religious minority within China.
It is thought that only approximately two percent of people in the country follow the religion.
This is opposed to close to 80 percent of the population who are recorded as atheists.
China is officially secular – with the Government not promoting any religion.
Reports of the persecution of religious minorities have been frequent within the country.
In January, it was reported the Communist Party would be producing a new translation of the Bible to establish the “correct understanding” of the text.
And a number of churches have been required to hang the Chinese flag from its buildings and sing songs espousing the Government.
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