Skip to comments.Chinese Police remove church cross amid crackdown
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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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.
“Authorities told the church the cross violated building height limits,...”
which were instituted hust after careful measurements at the church....were completed
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.
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.