By coercing congregations into signing mandatory “donation agreements” to give away churches, authorities attempt to present forced takeovers as “legitimate.”
To avoid raids and arrests, house church believers disguise their venues or opt to pray in the mountains, just to stay away from the watchful eyes of the regime.
Since last year, Taoism, long considered as China’s traditional religion, suffered the most severe crackdown since the Cultural Revolution.
Communist propaganda echoes from inside temples, as places of worship are turning into Party indoctrination centers. CCP-supported abbots lead the way.
When members of the congregation refused, authorities in Shaanxi still destroyed a state-approved Protestant church, under a trumped-up pretext.
Members of The Church of Almighty God continue to be monitored and persecuted after their release from detention, taking away all their freedoms and rights.
Painful for the believers, the destruction also harmed the local economy due to the decreased number of visitors.
The campaign against large open-air religious icons is now targeting the dead: they are not allowed to rest in peace in the company of deities.
As an alternative to demolition, Catholics are told that their churches should be stripped of all religious symbols. Once this has been done, the buildings are declared “cultural centers” where religious activities are prohibited.