China Aid Association
(Kunming, Yunnan province- August 25, 2008) CAA has learned that Chinese Customs officials have returned approximately 300 Bibles to 4 Americans who had tried to bring the Books into the country on August 17. . Sources have told CAA that the four Americans were respecfully treated by the officials who returned all of the Americans Bibles they had confiscated on August 17, during the Olympic Games.
The four American Christians originally arrived at 3pm Beijing Time from the US via Thailand. Each carried about 75 to 80 Chinese versions 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 were 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.
TO Contact Mr. Pat Klein in China, please call his cellphone at +1-307-751-2714
Issued by CAA on August 25, 2008
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