Christians Among 100 Million People Who Face ‘High’ Persecution In China

A woman prays at Sheshan Cathedral in the outskirts of Shanghai October 28, 2013.

At least 100 million people, including Protestant Christians, are facing “high” or “very high” levels of persecution at the hands of the atheistic Communist Party in China, a report reveals.

Freedom House noted that the Communist Party has been carrying out a worsening crackdown on various religions, seeking to stop the growth of faith in the world’s most populous nation.

As many as 100 million people, belonging to various faith groups, were found to be targeted by authorities, with Roman Catholics said to be experiencing “moderate” persecution and Protestant Christians facing “high” levels of persecution.

Tibetan Buddhists, Uighur Muslims, and Falun Gong practitioners were designated under the “very high” persecution category.

Millions of believers are forced to defy restrictions on daily life in order to uphold their religious traditions and beliefs, which the researchers said is impacting “China’s overall legal, social, political, and economic environment.”

“A Taoist disciple joins the order without knowing when he will be admitted to priesthood. Dozens of Christians are barred from celebrating Christmas together. Tibetan monks are forced to learn reinterpretations of Buddhist doctrine during a ‘patriotic reeducation’ session,” the report said, listing some examples of individual cases of persecution.

“A Uighur Muslim farmer is sentenced to nine years in prison for praying in a field. And a 45-year-old father in northeastern China dies in custody days after being detained for practicing Falun Gong.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov