Saturday, October 17, 2015

U.S. government report criticizes China over violations of religious freedom

By Thomas Williams
In this photo taken July 15, 2014, Pastor Tao Chongyin, left speaks with church member Fan Liang'an in front of the Wuxi Christian Church with the words "Church of Jesus" in red in Longwan, Wenzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province.
CHINA---The U.S. State Department released its annual International Religious Freedom Report on Wednesday, which sharply criticized China’s crackdown on Christian churches. The U.S. Secretary of State has continuously designated China a “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC) for “particularly severe violations of religious freedom” from 1999 to the present. The report also commented on “the removal of hundreds of Christian crosses from churches in Zhejiang Province throughout the year.” [link]