Global Tuidang Center

GLOBAL SERVICE CENTER

for QUITTING THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY

Christian camp leaders detained, accused of ‘indoctrinating minors’

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on google
Google+

Qiao Nong  |  China Aid

china-christian-lutheranssw
Chinese Christian children (lutheranssw.org)

Xinyuan County,Xinjiang — Two organizers of a Christian summer camp were detained in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, for 10 and 15 days, respectively, on Aug. 4 on the charge of indoctrinating minors with superstitious beliefs.

Zhou Yanhua and Gao Ming, both members of Yining County Church, were preparing to drive a group of children to a summer camp when, half an hour before they were set to depart, police arrived to detain the two women and take all of the children present to the police station to register their IDs.

An elder from Yining County Church, Xie Xianhua, said officials also called the families and school teachers of the children involved, threatening to deduct the teachers’ wages or keep the students from being admitted to higher grade levels.

Authorities detained Gao, a 27-year-old seminary student at Yanjing Theological Seminary, for 15 days. Zhou, the head of the church sponsoring the summer camp, received a 10-day detention after she told police that she was the organizer of the event in an attempt to free Gao.

Both women were accused of indoctrinating minors with superstitious beliefs. Chinese law forbids religious teaching to anyone under the age of 18, believing matters of faith to be dangerous brainwashing from which children must be protected. Christian parents and church leaders can face disciplinary action from officials for involving their children in any Christian activities.

Gao’s status as a student at an official, government-sanctioned seminary reveals that not only house churches are at risk for government suppression. Members of China’s official Protestant church, the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, are also targeted.

A conversation on the Chinese messaging application WeChat between fellow Yanjing Theological Seminary students discussing Gao’s detention has been translated below.

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on google
Google+

Related

Recommended

U.S. Secretary of State at Copenhagen Democracy Summit: A Commitment to Fundamental Values

Despite constant pressure and intimidation from communist China, Pompeo said he has confidence, “Democracy is strong. We defeated fascism. We won the Cold War.” Nonetheless, there is no reason to become complacent, and “it does require careful stewardship and constant vigilance.” In addition to a new Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China from European leaders, countries including Denmark, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Sweden, and other NATO allies have also stood against the CCP. Safeguarding freedom is not easy. “The whole world can see how we have tough debates, like my country’s having right now,” Pompeo explained, “But that struggle reflects a commitment to fundamental values and our constant striving towards a more perfect union. It’s who we are, and we share those values with our European friends.”...

Read more