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China: Bibles carried by 4 Americans confiscated as ‘illegal religious literatures’ in Airport

Posted by Author on August 18, 2008


China Aid Association, Inc. August 17, 2008-

Kunming, Yunnan province- CAA learned that four Americans are stuck at Kunming International Airport for carrying a large number of Chinese bibles today.

The four American Christians arrived at 3pm Beijing Time from the US via Thailand. Each carries about 75 to 80 Chinese version of the study bibles for Chinese pastors. The names of  the four are Mr. Pat Klein( 46 years old from the State of Wyoming), Mr. Forrest Higginbotham( 78 years old from the State of Indiana), Mr. Higginbotham’s grandson Mr. Stephen Constantinou(15 years old from the State of New Jeresy) and Mr. Steve Nichols( 60 years old from the State of New York).

According to Mr. Klein, each of them were fined for 400 US dollars for overweight luggages with the bibles. The Chinese customs officials told the four Americans that their all of their bibles are confiscated as ‘illegal religious literatures.

“The Chinese leaders keep telling the world the Chinese people have religious freedom. To even prevent them from receiving bibles certainly contradicts that claim.”  Mr. Klein told CAA president Bob Fu over the phone.

Chinese authority only allows limited numbers of bibles available at offical sanctioned TSPM churches. Bibles are forbidden to be sold in any public bookstores while literatures of other religious faiths are available for sale for general public.

“I  appeal to the Chinese government to release those confiscated bibles to the four individuals who deeply care about the Chinese belivers,” said CAA president Rev. Bob Fu, “I urge the international Christian community to pray for the four courageous fellow brothers for their safety in China.”

TO Contact Mr. Pat Klein in China, please call his cellphone at +1-307-751-2714

Issued by CAA on August 17, 2008: Four Americans Stuck in China Airport for Carrying Chinese Bibles Today

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China House Church Christian Beaten For Demanding Police to Account For the Burning of Bibles

Posted by Author on January 31, 2008


Press Releases, China Aid, Jan 30 2008-

Yunan- China Aid has learned that members of a House Church in Yunan Province were severely beaten by police officials on the morning of January 23. The incident occurred after two church members walked into the Xishan District’s Public Security Bureau office to request an account of the items, including Bibles, that were taken from the church and burned by police officials in early December of 2007. After ignoring the members’ request, officials proceeded to violently remove them from the office. One female church member 54-year-old Ms. Liang Guihua was thrown into a wall and rendered unconscious for more than 10 minutes. After leaving the police station the members went to a local hospital. One member returned to the station later that afternoon to request an account of the morning’s incident. The official on duty told the member that he would not testify to the incident even though he had witnessed the account first-hand.

The series of events originated on December 5, 2007 at 2:00pm, when policemen and members of the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs disrupted the house church meeting in Kunming, and detained several members. After searching the building, police seized several hundred Christian books including Bibles and note-pads, and proceeded to burn them outside of the residence. Police also destroyed the identification cards of three of the church members and instructed the landlord of the building to cease rental agreements with the congregation.

Chinese law requires officials to issue certificates documenting items taken during seizures. The church members have requested documentation of the items several times, but have been turned away by police officials every time.

Any Government which displays such blatant disregard for human rights and religious freedom demands to be held accountable. Government officials have now resorted to the burning of Bibles in order to hinder the growth of the House Church in China. We urge the international community to demand an accounting of these officials for the egregious acts committed against the house church members in Yunan Province……. (more details from China Aid)

Posted in Asia, China, Christianity, Kunming, News, Police, Politics, Religion, Religious, Social, SW China, World, Yunnan | 1 Comment »

House Church Christmas Services Raided by Police in Multiple China Provinces

Posted by Author on December 27, 2007


China Aid Association (CAA), December 19, 2007-

Henan Province- On December 16, 2007, Less than two weeks before Christmas, China Aid has learned that, Pastor Liang Qi Zhen, Vice President of the Chinese House Church Alliance, was detained by PSB officials in Er Qi District. After disbursing Liang’s congregation, police officials took him by force and transported him to an undisclosed location where he was tortured for several hours. Liang’s ears and right hand were injured during the lengthy assault. After being released, Liang was able to identify the one who tortured him as Er Qi Security Bureau policeman, Li Seng. No legal procedure was established during the entire incident. PSB officials continue to threaten the church members to abstain from gathering.

Jiangsu Province- A house church in Chang Zhou City was attacked by police officials in December during a Christmas celebration. The church, centered in the Bu Ge Qiao area, was in the midst of a Christmas service when police raided the gathering and detained four female members. During the apprehension police assaulted one of the members until she became unconscious. She was later taken to the hospital. Her condition remains unknown.

Yunan Province- On December 5, 2007, policemen and members of the Bureau of Ethnic and Religious Affairs raided a house church meeting in Kunming, and detained several members including, Ms. Piao Guihua, the renter of the property. After searching the building, police seized several hundred Christian books and note-pads, and then burned them outside the residence. Police also destroyed the identification cards of three of the church members.  After several hours of interrogation, the members were released and told to remove all property from the residence by 10am. The landlord of the building was also instructed to cease rental agreements with Ms. Piao. The same house church has been raided on several occasions beginning in December of 2004, September 2007, November 3, 2007, and November 29 2007. In each instance, police officials have confiscated the offering donations along with Bibles and other Christian literature. In every raid, police officials have failed to issue legal documentation of the property taken…… (more details from China Aid Association)

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EU calls for release of detained Chinese bishops

Posted by Author on July 14, 2006


speroforum.com

The European Union has called on China to immediately release bishops and Christians imprisoned “for their religious beliefs”.

The call came in a report approved yesterday by a large majority in the EU Foreign Affairs Committee on ties between the EU and China. The report notes “the fate of many imprisoned bishops” and “calls on the authorities of the People’s Republic of China to immediately release all members of Christian churches who are unjustly imprisoned or persecuted”.

According to AsiaNews sources, dozens of bishops of the underground church are under house arrest or prevented from carrying out their ministry. Three of them went missing years ago when in police hands, and the government of Beijing has never given any reason why.

The report approved yesterday criticized China for the illicit bishops’ ordinations that took place in recent months in Kunming and Anhui, holding them to be “a grave violation of religious freedom” that endangered trust in “honest and constructive dialogue” between Beijing and the Holy See and hindered the “development of freedoms” in China.

The report also highlighted the defence of religious freedom for Tibetans, Muslims in Xinjiang and groups of the Falun Gong.

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