China Locks Up Bishop
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  • Jim.

    Canada’s not much better. You might consider running a story or two about what happens when a clergyman says something un-PC there.

  • “This is a moral shame and a political mistake. Stronger religious organizations would help stabilize and pacify the country.”

    The writer doesn’t get it. The Party State doesn’t want to stabilize the country. The Standing Committee of the Politburo wants to stabilize the Party’s control of the country. This is a Leninist state. Maybe the writer doesn’t believe this? Anyway the Party rightly sees the Church as a political threat, a Catholic Church affiliated with Rome especially. Power currupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The CPA is absolutely corrupt. Which is just one more reason why the West needs to apply economic pressure to bring about liberal reform. Because the Party also needs economic success to stay in power. Put the pressure on!

  • An

    I think this is exceedingly good news for US and Chinese relations. It’s not just the explosive growth of Christianity, it’s the fact that the christian church is growing in China under the same circumstances many of the our Christian ancestors faced. Abuses by the Chinese CCP do nothing but lower their political legitimacy in the eyes of the Christians.The Chinese are learning the hard way the importance of separation of church and state, religious tolerance, and democracy. (They are voting when they CHOOSE to join a religion). The Christian church is creating a generation of leaders necessary for a functioning democracy. All those brave men and women organization prayer groups and masses in their homes, are no different than our founding generation discussing politics in their pubs and homes.

    The one child policy is already crumbling around the edges. In the rural areas families are hiding their second child and in the urban areas, rich and upper middle class Chinese are bribing officials for a second child. Within two generations, I believe China will be a majority Christian nation.

    I am not saying US and China will not have serious disagreements, or the potential for war is eliminated; but relations between Chinese and US christians can serve as a bridge when the political leadership of both countries are in heated debate.

  • Richard Treitel

    To [email protected]: http://www.pipeline.com/~cwa/TYWHome.htm should illustrate the potential for relations between Christians to make wars shorter and less severe.

  • Susan

    China forces gendercide while America allows the freedom to choose gendercide (which is also paid for by the American taxpayer.)

    What does this say about the conscience of America?

    And what does this say about the death of America’s church?

    Lastly; does America really have the right to lecture China about human rights when we freely chose to commit gendercide?

    May God forgive US for what we have done to his children; we repent and we beg for His mercy.

  • Charles R. Williams

    China remains a criminal regime.

  • re An –

    “The Christian church is creating a generation of leaders necessary for a functioning democracy. All those brave men and women organization prayer groups and masses in their homes, are no different than our founding generation discussing politics in their pubs and homes. . . Within two generations, I believe China will be a majority Christian nation.”

    I basically agree with this. The phenomenon of “culture Christians” is particularly interesting. These are intellectuals who may not believe in God but certainly believe in Christianity. Google the term.

  • An

    @Richard Treitel

    You are absolutely correct that Christians have a history of slaughtering each other, but that can be said of any political/religious/ethnic group. But in the past 200 years or so, Christianity has been largely a force of good. Christians in England halted England’s hand in the slave trade and Christians in America were the early abolitionist. You cannot discount the roles American Christians concern in Sudan had a large role in the creation and protection of South Sudan.

    Also, concerning the 30 years war, it was as much a political war as religious war. Some estimates place the death toll to be one-half the population of Eastern Europe and Germanic kingdoms. Most of these deaths were due to starvation as the armies were living off the land. However, the last 13 years accounted for 2/3 the deaths. This was the period when Catholic Spain was fighting Catholic France for control of continental Europe.

    BTW, just in case you were thinking I am some Christian cheerleader, I am actually a devout Atheist. I just appreciate the role of Christianity in Western Culture, without it our scientific and political advances could not have come about.

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