Since his arrest in December, the pastor’s mother has been beaten, the whole family is being monitored, and his lawyer was detained.
The label xie jiao, reserved for banned “heterodox teachings,” is now increasingly applied to “normal” house churches.
As the year-end statistics are tallied, the extent of persecution in China becomes clear. Thousands arrested, many tortured, 19 dead, all from one church.
Chinese believers are finding that their travel is being monitored or prohibited. They fear social credit system and growing pressure on family members.
Repeated arrests of believers from Early Rain Covenant Church continue. The details of the beating of one faithful woman illustrate the extent of the injustice.
“Sharp Eyes” increases the number of cameras on streets, part of China’s plan to install them everywhere, monitoring everyone, including people of faith.
China’s believers are trying to conceal religious statues and icons in order to save them from destruction.
Chinese Communist Party refuses to process applications for Buddhist and Daoist temples, then goes on a rampage to bring them all down.
Patients in China are forced to register religious status when seeking medical care and also undergo a litany of questions about private life.
In the most severe crackdown on Buddhism and Taoism since the Cultural Revolution, ancient temples and statues are being demolished across the country.