Henan cracks down on house churches

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Plainclothes officers in Luoning County
arrest a pastor in the middle of service,
handcuffing him and dragging him away.
(Photo: ChinaAid)

(Luoyang, Henan—March 7, 2018) Persecution against underground Christians in China’s central Henan province has increased greatly since the implementation of China’s revised Religious Affairs Regulations on Feb. 1.

According to local Christians in Luoyang, Henan, officials in the area have hired local gangs to break into churches and gathering places. In the attacks, they have broken doors and windows, as well as confiscated seats and religious books. Additionally, large numbers of church attendees and pastors have been kidnapped and detained by unidentified men while preaching.

In another report, officials demolished a tile in a Christian household that had “Emmanuel” written on it.

“No one dares speak out,” a church member in Shangqiu, Henan said in an interview. “We are afraid of traveling to Luoning county. The local governments in Tanghe, Nanyang, and Zhoukong are suppressing house churches. It feels like another Cultural Revolution.”

The Cultural Revolution refers to the period between 1966 and 1976, when Mao Zedong attempted to destroy all influences besides Communism in China, and was a period of great economic and societal hardship, especially for citizens who practiced religion.

ChinaAid reports on instances of persecution against Chinese citizens, such as the Christians in Henan, in order to expose religious freedom abuses and promote human rights and rule of law.

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