■ (Trunews) China has torn down more than two thousand crucifixes from churches as the government strives to regulate “excessive religious sites”.
The effort began two years ago in the Zhejiang province, where several people were arrested for trying to stop the crackdown. Human rights lawyer Zhang Kai attempted to launch a legal campaign to challenge the removal of the crosses when he was apprehended. After six months he was forced to appear on state-run television and confess his “crimes”, according to the Daily Express. He was later released.
There are more than 28 million Christians living in China.
Many experts believe the arrests are part of an effort to reduce the influence of groups and to manipulate people by forcing them to use state churches.
A pastor from Hong Kong, Rev. Ng Wah has been prosecuted for printing Christian books, according to Christian Daily.
Others have been persecuted for organizing house churches and posting messages online to invite Christians to attend services and training.
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