Religious Freedom in China Is a Charade

832.jpgThe exhibit is titled “A Lamp to My Feet, A Light to My Path.” Sponsored by the government of China, it’s meant to educate Americans about the history of the spread of Christianity in China from the Tang Dynasty onward.

The irony, of course, is that the same government that is urging us to join in celebrating the spread of Christianity over the centuries is brutally repressing Christians today. China Aid, an organization that exposes the persecution of Christians in China, says the exhibit is “a government propaganda ploy” intended to deflect attention from reports of growing religious persecution in China.”
None of this comes as a surprise to my great friend, Congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia. In his new book, Prisoner of Conscience, about his human rights work around the world, Frank describes his trips to China, where human rights violations are among the worst in the world. How does he know? He’s seen it with his own eyes.
Frank and his friend, Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey, flew to Beijing just prior to the 2008 Olympic Games. The plan was to dine with half a dozen human rights lawyers and underground house church pastors.
But when the Chinese government got wind of this, they started arresting the Congressmen’s dinner companions. In the end, only one dissident showed up-and he was arrested the next morning.
So much for religious freedom. When Frank and Chris publicly complained, the Chinese government told them to keep their noses out of China’s internal affairs.
Source: Christian Post | Chuck Colson

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