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Chinese Police remove church cross amid crackdown
Associated Press ^ | July 28, 2014 | Hosted by AP (Dynamic Stories)

Posted on 07/28/2014 7:23:20 PM PDT by MikeinMotley

BEIJING (AP) -- Hundreds of police took down a church's cross Monday in a city known as "China's Jerusalem" for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity.

Evangelist Qu Linuo said he and about 200 others had rushed to the Longgang Huai En Church in the eastern city of Wenzhou to protect the building but peacefully made way for the police, who used a crane to remove the 3-meter-tall (10-foot-tall) red cross from its steeple.

Authorities told the church the cross violated building height limits, and returned it to the parishioners, who wept and prayed around it, said Qu, who is a member of another church. A man at the county's public security office said he didn't know anything about the incident, and the Longgang township police didn't answer phone calls.

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Mike

1 posted on 07/28/2014 7:23:20 PM PDT by MikeinMotley
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To: MikeinMotley
I have ALWAYS been absolutely amazed and dumbfounded that the ChiComs have ever allowed Christians to practice their faith. It's an atheist regime and has been since its founding.

So what's the big deal now with the cross burning, so to speak? It's just the ChiComs flexing their philosophical muscles REMINDING folks of their CORE value: COMMUNISM.

Nothing new here.

2 posted on 07/28/2014 7:30:34 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: MikeinMotley

“Authorities told the church the cross violated building height limits,...”

which were instituted hust after careful measurements at the church....were completed


3 posted on 07/28/2014 7:51:52 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill ...)
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To: MikeinMotley

Those churches belong to the government. The facilities, including any cross on the top, belong to the government. The government provides (or at least vets and approves) the pastors. The preaching content is monitored. The government tells those churches which doctrines must be avoided in the pulpit.

So, render unto Beijing the cross that belongs to Beijing.


4 posted on 07/28/2014 8:24:51 PM PDT by John Leland 1789
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To: cloudmountain

The ChiComs have always melded communism with their own brand of tribalism. Since Christianity has worked very carefully to build up a good reputation among the people and the government, they have had periods of toleration.

It think the moral of the story is your good name is more precious than your life.


5 posted on 07/29/2014 4:36:38 AM PDT by Bayard
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To: Bayard

Thank you.


6 posted on 07/29/2014 6:37:08 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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