Christian Persecution: Number of Chinese Christians Detained Soars 131.8% from 2010

Christian gathering outside of Kumming, China

Springfield News-Leader, A Gannett Company 12/2/12 In China there are more than 1,000 labor camps. There are more Christians in jail for their faith in China than in any other country.

ChinaAid , an organization that tracks persecution of Chinese Protestants, reveals that in 2011, the number of Christians detained for their religious beliefs had soared 131.8 percent from 2010. Arrests and disappearances of Christians intensified immediately preceding the recent Party Congress in China.

The Cardinal Kung Foundation (which monitors persecution of Catholics) reports that the situation for Catholics in China is worse than it was five years ago, and states that almost all underground bishops (those loyal to the Vatican, as opposed to priests who are members of the government-controlled Patriotic Church) are either in jail, under house arrest, hiding, in labor camps or under severe surveillance. (Read more here.)

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  • Bill S

    There is no excuse for the Chinese government’s persecution of Christians. There is a reason for it that people should try to understand while still condemning it. The leaders of the Chinese government desperately want to stay in power. Any movement that would attract the people to its cause would be viewed as a threat that must be nipped in the bud. Christianity, like Islam and other religions, has a way of mobilizing people to do things that they wouldn’t otherwise do. The Chinese leaders can see this threat and know that the only way to address it is to eradicate it before it spreads. Being atheists, with no fear of divine retribution, they will do whatever it takes to accomplish their objectives. The worse they treat people, the more they know how much trouble they will be in if there is ever a change of government. So it will get worse before it gets better.

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