Chinese government officials like to come up with a vast swath of reasons, pretty much all untrue, as reasons to destroy religious sites.
The Chinese authorities have brought religions to the level of political conflicts between nations, and religious individuals are stringently investigated as spies.
The requirement to disclose religious affiliation puts people of faith in a serious pickle – betray their beliefs or get into trouble?
China’s suppression of religious belief is at its worst since the Cultural Revolution, and Christian house churches are especially targeted.
A house church preacher, Luo Yao, was detained after posting a message on social media calling to pray for the arrested Pastor Wang Yi.
Government officials are on a tear, cracking down on renowned house churches all over China.
Continuing the pattern in China’s Northeast, believers arrested, forced to sign anti-religious pledges, for daring to meet in believer’s home.
Beijing doesn’t recognize Christmas as a holiday, deeming the festivities a part of Western values.
Pressure is increasing on independent pastors and their communities to join the state-controlled protestant church.
The church leaders from Inner Mongolia were arrested, and seven of them were sentenced to more than five years in prison.