Report: China Bulldozing Churches and Temples During COVID-19 Crisis

Religious liberty watchdog groups are reporting that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is bulldozing churches and temples under the cover of coronavirus. They are also placing heavier surveillance on other churches still remaining.

Fox News reports that Voice of the Martys spokesman Todd Nettleton said: “China is now holding itself up as a model for fighting the coronavirus. But fighting the pandemic hasn’t stopped communist officials from persecuting Christians."

How sad. Communist China has been waiting for the perfect moment to justify (as if they even needed to do that) ripping down churches. What better than a pandemic?

Activist Mommy reports:

Bob Fu of China Aid, another activist organization, shared a video of Chinese officials demolishing a church in the city of Yixing:

According to Breitbart, other churches have reportedly been vandalized by CCP officials and “unregistered” religious services have been banned on the grounds of public health.

One small silver lining to the pandemic crisis, Voice of the Martyrs noted, was the prevalence of medical masks, allowing Christians to evade China’s facial recognition-equipped surveillance systems and preach somewhat more freely with less fear of being identified and caught.

According to Bitter Winter, Buddhists and Taoists have also reported demolition of their temples right around the time the coronavirus broke out in Wuhan. Worshipers said that local officials have a habit of suddenly deciding that certain temples failed to meet obscure building codes, in spite of being built with their approval, and must be demolished immediately.

“Unconditional cooperation with the government means that no photos of the demolition can be taken, no negotiations initiated, and no compensation demanded. This is typical behavior of the CCP government,” one Buddhist told Bitter Winter.

Another one added, “The Communist Party is as evil as a mafia. Under the tyranny of those modern bandits, even sacred Buddhist temples cannot enjoy peace."

The churches that weren't ripped down have been filled with surveillance cameras. Perhaps that is a ploy for them to collect "evidence" of speech that can be used to take the church down in the future.

According to a Three-Self preacher from Lankao county in Henan’s Kaifeng city, powerful cameras, over 10,000 RMB (about $ 1,400) each, have been installed in at least eight Three-Self churches, images from which are displayed on a large screen in the hall of the county’s Two Chinese Christian Councils. Who leads Sunday services, what sermons are about, and how many congregation members are present—everything is under the government’s close surveillance.

“The surveillance equipment is powerful; it can catch every single word in the church,” a Three-Self church director in Lankao county explained. “We can get into trouble for making an incautious remark. Believers don’t dare to even chitchat with each other under such surveillance.” He once received a phone call from a local official less than one hour after he complained about the government.

The government never lets a good crisis go to waste....China government is no different.

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