Source: Direct Reports from China Date: May 31, 2018 Bitter Winter is receiving many reports from mainland China of schools suppressing religious freedoms. This has especially intensified since the adoption of the new Regulations on Religious Affairs in February 2018, which prohibits minors under 18 from joining a religion and engaging in religious activities.
Archives for May 2018
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: May 31, 2018 Bitter Winter has learned that an elder from the Central Three-Self Church in Tangyin County, Anyang, Henan, was suspended from her post by the director of the local Bureau of Religious Affairs on the spot, for taking her 2-year-old grandson to the church.
Local Authorities of Yuncheng, Shanxi Pressure to Shut Down a Church Refusing to Join the Three-Self Church
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: May 31, 2018 Bitter Winter has learned that local authorities threaten to close a church in Donghekou Village in Wenxi County, which is part of the prefecture-level city of Yuncheng, Shanxi. The authorities claim that the church building is illegal and that the church should join the official Three-Self Church.
Source: UCANews, Facebook Date: May 30, 2018 UCANewsreports that the Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong issued a statement on May 29 calling on the Chinese government to free Roman Catholic Coadjutor Bishop Cui Tai of the Diocese of Xuanhuain Hebei Province, a pastor of the so-called “underground” church, who was taken away in April 2018 […]
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: May 30, 2018 On May 23, Bitter Winter reported about seventy-year-old Christian Zhu’s arrest for carrying memory cards that contained religious videos.
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: May 30, 2018 Bitter Winter recently received information that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) issued a secret document ordering all provinces, cities, and counties to make short films that discredit The Church of Almighty God, a Chinese Christian new religious movement.
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: May 30, 2018 Bitter Winter has learned that, on April 28, 2018, the Long’an District Government in Anyang, Henan, used a crane to demolish the cross of Shenjiagang Church, which was still under construction.
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: May 30, 2018 A source informed Bitter Winter recently that, in April, a preschool in Luanchuan County, which is part of the prefecture-level city of Luoyang, Henan, sent a WeChat (a popular messaging and social media application in China) message in its chat group about resisting “religious propaganda.”
Source: Direct Reports from China Date: May 30, 2018 On May 5, 2018, a village official from Wuzhi County, which is part of the prefecture-level city of Jiaozuo, Henan, used an electric drill to remove four Chinese characters 以马内利(meaning “Emmanuel”) on a horizontal inscribed board that belonged to a Christian from the Three-Self Church.
Source: ChinaSource and information from CESNUR Date: May 29, 2018 ChinaSource, quoting Christian anti-cult ministries, report that a Chinese new religious movement called Ling Ling, better known to scholars as the Efficacious Spirit Teachings movement, worries the authorities in China for its missionary activity through the social network WeChat, which it uses to