In Demolition Campaign Against ‘Illegal Buildings’, China Destroys Christian Churches

(PHOTO: REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-HOON) Believers take part in a weekend mass at an underground Catholic church in Tianjin November 10, 2013.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-HOON)
Believers take part in a weekend mass at an underground Catholic church in Tianjin November 10, 2013.

Government officials in China’s coastal Zhejiang province have ordered the destruction of yet another church building as part of an ongoing campaign against so-called illegal buildings.

China Aid reported on Tuesday that Island Head Christian Church was demolished earlier in April after officials deemed that the church’s cross was positioned too high, becoming the latest church out of hundreds to be destroyed in the Communist Party’s near two-year-campaign targeting places of worship.

Church leaders reportedly tried to protest against the demolition, but relented after officials threatened them. Authorities claimed that the three-storey building had been illegally constructed, and tore it down.

The persecution watchdog group noted that the ongoing effort is a so-called beautification campaign known as “Three Rectifications and One Demolition” is aimed at removing what the Communist regime deems as illegal church buildings and rooftop crosses.

The Communist Party has told local governments to revamp old neighborhoods, industrial sites, and urban villages by demolishing what they designate as illegal structures as part of this beautification effort.

China Aid President Bof Fu previously told The Christian Post that the campaign reflects the Communist Party’s concerns about the growing number of Christians in the country.

“The top leadership is increasingly worried about the rapid growth of Christian faith and their public presence, and their social influence,” Fu told CP back in February.

“It is a political fear for the Communist Party, as the number of Christians in the country far outnumber the members of the party,” he added.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov

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