'Tis the season in China to crack down on Christians in house churches, according to a new report from China Aid Association, which says nine Christians were arrested during the Christmas season while re-enacting a nativity play.
The organization, which directs its work to helping Christians in the fast-growing faith community inside the communist nation, said in a Christmas Day report that attacks in just the past few days have included those arrests, the threats of house church building demolition and bans on house church meetings.
The arrests and threats come just a week after authorities demolished a building used by a Christian church group, leaving nearly a dozen church participants who tried to defend their facility beaten....
This ominous conclusion comes to us from Thomas A. Schweich, who held the title of deputy assistant secretary of state for international law enforcement affairs in the Bush Regime, by way of a December 21 Washington Post op-ed column. Lamenting "the silent military coup dâ€™etat that has been steadily gaining ground below the radar screen of most Americans and the media," Schweich describes the infusion of the military "into a striking number of aspects of civilian government" as "the most unnerving legacy of the Bush administration."
Scweich validates his shocking announcement of the demise of civilian government with some very solid examples. For instance, the militaryâ€™s domination of law enforcement training in Iraq and Afghanistan have created police forces that "have been unnecessarily militarized â€“ producing police officers who look more like militia members than ordinary beat cops.
While this and other "military takeovers of civilian functions" took place "a long distance from home," Schweich elaborates, the same all-devouring militarism is at work here as well.
mike of delaware wrote: I can't understand why our Country America does business with communist China ??
Our country is not that different than China. Just look around. Our freedoms of religion are slowly being spit on, stomped on and taken away bit-by-bit. Go to any street corner and proclaim the Gospel and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for violating somebody's rights.
This is where they had better 'crack down', if they want to stamp out the 'threat' of Christianity. There is nothing more dangerous to atheistic government than the diffusion of the gospel in the method most effective... house churches.