Bob Fu encourages viewers to remember those who constitutionally have religious freedom, but in reality—no manifestations

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

People praying. 
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(ChinaAid—Feb. 16, 2021) In Freedom File 18, Bob Fu, founder and president of ChinaAid, encourages viewers to remember those who constitutionally have religious freedom, but in reality—do not. "Remember those in bonds as well as those in danger...," he states. "Pay for them."

Dr. Fu recounts Article 18 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which stipulates: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance. Dr. Fu stresses that the two following components of religious freedom: 

  1. freedom of religious belief;
  2. manifestation of religion. 
As freedom of religion encompasses the freedom for one to practice his/ her faith, one does not have to keep his/her religion (faith) to him/her self nor confined to a church building. With freedom of religion, one may freely express him/her self in private or in public; as an individual or in groups. 

Although Article 36 of the Constitution of the PRC states: “Citizens of the People’s Republic of China enjoy freedom of religious belief,” the enactment of the National Security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, reveals the Chinese Communist Party's opposite intent. With this new law stimulating hundreds of arbitrary arrests relating to abuses of human rights and religious freedom, questions arise: 

  • What kind of country would arrest and imprison those speaking out for human rights? 
  • What kind of country would disrupt peaceful Christian gatherings? 
  • What kind of country...?

As Dr. Fu reminds viewers of the kind of country China has become due to the CCP's war against religious freedom, the kind of country it currently seeks to turn Hong Kong into, his words resound his hope for manifestations of religious freedom. In China... in Hong Kong... from his heart, he encourages others to practice their faith—to "pray...."

Manifestations of Freedom of Religion—China Freedom File 18


Be merciful to me, O God, 
for man would swallow me up;
Fighting all day he oppresses me.
My enemies would hound me all day,
For there are many who fight against me, 
O Most High.
Whenever I am afraid,
I will trust in You.
                                                                                                   ~ Psalm 56:1 – 3 (NKJV)

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