Sunday, May 18, 2008

Question Of The Week, 5/18/08

Good morning. I read what I thought was an interesting article the other day. It was on Religion in China. We don't hear a lot about that on our nightly news, "The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is officially atheist, but it has been growing more tolerant of religious activity for the past twenty years." (Continue Reading) It seems that the Chinese Government has become so tolerant of religious activity that it's got the attention of United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, "In March, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recognized these efforts and removed China from the State Department's list of top human rights violators." I've read about religion in China in other publications, this is the first I'd heard of that. This weeks Question Of The Week is in two parts. Has the Chinese Communist Party really became more tolerant of religious activity? Did Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice make a mistake by removing China from the State Department's list of top human rights violators?

I'll post my answer in the Comment Section Monday night.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to;
Council On Foreign Relations

3 Comments:

Blogger Always On Watch said...

Has the Chinese Communist Party really became more tolerant of religious activity?

Possibly. But I doubt the statistics.

I have read in other sources about the rise of Islam in China. This will become more problematic in the future. Already, Muslims in China have attacked Buddhists.

Did Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice make a mistake by removing China from the State Department's list of top human rights violators?

Yes, it is a mistake. Religious observance is not the only measure for determining human rights violations.

5:21 AM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

First I want to thank you for stopping by to answer this weeks question. "Has the Chinese Communist Party really became more tolerant of religious activity? Did Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice make a mistake by removing China from the State Department's list of top human rights violators?
OK, I've changed my mind a half dozen times. So my answer to the first question is NO. The first part of the following (Voice Of The Martyrs) article sounds like I should have said yes. I can't say yes as long as the Chinese Gov. is playing any part in the printing or distribution of Bibles or sending people to prison over their beliefs. "CHINA – UPDATE- Christian Bookstore Owner Released from Prison
April 11, 2008


Praise God! On February 19, Zhou Heng, a well-known house church leader and manager of Yayi Christian Book Room in China, was released from prison. According to China Aid Association (CAA), Heng was released from prison after a court determined there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him.

CAA released a letter from Heng expressing gratitude to believers around the world who prayed and cared for his family while he was in prison. “I heartfully thank you for the care and prayers for me during the time I was arrested and put in prison for receiving a shipment of Bibles. I thank you for the love and the help you offered for my family,” Heng said.

He added, “I am now recuperating at home. Although I am physically weak, my heart is filled with peace and light from the Holy Spirit. Let us, in Christ, continue to focus on the Father’s kingdom and righteousness. Let us thank, praise and worship the great, almighty and loving God.”

Heng was arrested in August 2007, when he was collecting Bibles, reportedly donated by South Korean churches. The Bibles were intended for distribution to local believers free of charge. However, the Chinese government only allows officially sanctioned (state) churches to print and distribute a limited number of Bibles each year.

During his imprisonment, Heng was reportedly severely beaten by inmates and prison guards. The Voice of the Martyrs rejoices at Zhou Heng’s release from prison and encourages believers to pray for Christians in China. VOM actively supports Christians in China through Christmas Care Packs and with Christian literature like the Gospel storybook, He lived Among Us. Pray for the Holy Spirit to encourage and protect believers as persecution increases in China." I will say Yes to the second question for the same reasons I gave for saying No to the first question.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

12:11 AM  
Blogger Z said...

I keep hearing abuot thousands of Chinese coming to Christianity every year and know several missionaries there.
Chinese becoming muslims is hideously scary. and WEIRD. I can't imagine.

And, right, AOW, religious observance is definitely the only measure for determing human rights.
Not the first time Condi's messed up.

10:03 PM  

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