All eyes are on the upcoming meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping. But so much more is at stake beyond trade, says Save the Persecuted Christians, which advocates on behalf of 300 million Christians facing heavy persecution worldwide.
Thousands of Chinese Christians who suffer in silence and live in danger daily at the hands of a communist government in China must also remain at the forefront.
“Christians in China have a price on their head,” said Dede Laugesen, executive director of Save the Persecuted Christians. “The Chinese government routinely commits atrocities against Christian believers in China. As part of their ‘Return to Zero’ campaign, which has been launched to eradicate house churches from China, the CPC has offered a cash reward to those who turn in members of a vast network of underground churches and lead authorities to unofficial places of worship. These cash incentives are also part of a renewed nationwide effort to bring all religious groups under the control of the Communist Party. Additionally, large churches have been shuttered, and pastors are being thrown in prison. China’s government is attacking its own people for their faith. While Americans focus on trade wars, we must not turn a blind eye to the war being waged against Chinese Christians.”
In May, Save the Persecuted Christians and 45 other civil society leaders representing Christians, Muslims, Falun Gong practitioners, Buddhists and other persecuted faith communities signed a joint letter asking prominent law firm Squire Patton Boggs, LLP, to stop promoting the interests of Communist China—as well as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian Authority and Cameroon—known for gross violations of human rights and oppression of religious freedoms. More than 5,000 on Capitol Hill, including representatives, senators, their staff and others, have also received the letter and have been informed about the accountability campaign to implore the law firm to stop its representation of these nations.
“We write to you as advocates for religious freedom out of a shared concern that foreign governments represented by your firm are among the world’s most aggressive persecutors of people of faith,” the letter to Squire Patton Boggs read. “It is deeply troubling to us that your prestigious firm and the many good people it employs are currently associated with and providing legal counsel, representation and other services to such nations.”
For believers in China and around the world, Save the Persecuted Christians seeks to bring awareness about targeted Christians through the “The People of the Cross” exhibit, a series of vertical traveling banners that details Christian persecution in various countries around the world.
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SOURCE: Charisma News