Between 1,200 and 1,700 crosses have come crashing down over the past two years in China’s Zhejiang Province, where the brutal repression of Christians has also seen churches demolished and pastors imprisoned, all with the blessing of top party officials. The NYT reports:
“What has been happening in Zhejiang is a test,” said Fan Yafeng, an independent legal scholar in Beijing. “If the government views it as a success, it will be expanded.”
Broadening the campaign to regulate religion could backfire on Mr. Xi, with worshipers abandoning government-run churches in favor of underground congregations, which typically meet unobtrusively in office buildings or homes. It could also antagonize many of the urban, white-collar professionals who have embraced Christianity.
China sees Christianity as a challenge to the existing order. If only Christians in the rest of the world were active and vocal enough to be considered a threat.
A landmark in national life has just been passed. For the first time in recorded history, those declaring themselves to have no religion have exceeded the number of Christians in Britain. Some 44 per cent of us regard ourselves as Christian, 8 per cent follow another religion and 48 per cent follow none. The decline of Christianity is perhaps the biggest single change in Britain over the past century. For some time, it has been a stretch to describe Britain as a Christian country. We can more accurately be described now as a secular nation with fading Christian institutions.
Either the dark forces of evil, or Time Warner Cable have prevented my computer from reaching the Internet. Suppressing the instinct to assume they are one and the same. I would write more, and make it pretty but, you know. Phone.
Sad sad news that Britain has reached this place. America will soon. Africa may one day send missionaries here.
The Isaiah 53:5 Project has a post that starts with the question “Do Right and Wrong Exist?” I tried to reblog it here, but pushed the wrong button, and reblogged it at Dave Alexander and Company. That’s my main home on the internet, and it’s decidedly less faith focused.
As it turned out, a few people liked it there. A reminder to folks with secular communities and more faith-based communities. I might do more good by putting more Christian messages there.
It’s a day late, but here’s a bit of the Isaiah 53:5 Project post:
My Salute To Saddam In Baghdad town where everyone was my clown Me on their strings a pulling Twas with myself in love I fell Tizz to my name Saddam they are a bowing. I’ve been God here for twenty odd years Though two Bush’s tried to scare me Nine palaces are where […]
Hard working young Americans whom sacrificed themselves to stop Hitler… Are way above self serving, whiners of today whom want to sacrifice nothing…Yet want it all.. There is no comparing them dumbass.. Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse on college campuses, this happens. DePaul University President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider issued a […]
Originally posted on lloydmarken: Two decades before he was recognised as a citizen of his country he fought for it in two wars. He couldn’t vote in his own country where his people had been for thousands of years. This was nothing new. His father Walter (Chris) Saunders and uncle William Reginald Rawlings MM had done…
President Barack Obama traveled to Hiroshima, Japan, on Friday, marking the first time a U.S. president has visited the site of the world’s first nuclear attack, carried out more than 70 years ago. Obama arrived in Hiroshima Friday afternoon and along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, laid a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial […]