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Local communist authorities in China’s Guizhou province have announced the termination of welfare and social security benefits for Christians who are caught attending church services.
One local source said that officials had announced that practicing Christians would no longer be eligible for social security benefits or old-age insurance. County officials then “called on the government in the towns and villages to order believers to sign [a guarantee], stating that if they gathered again, their welfare would be cut off,” the source said.
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According to the U.S.-based rights group China Aid, the announcement was made on July 2, but has only now been publicized.
The Chinese government has ratcheted up its persecution of “unofficial” religion not under government control, especially against Christianity which is experiencing dramatic growth in the country.
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In a similar attack on thriving Christian churches, China’s Communist party recently issued an ultimatum to parents warning that if their children do not stop attending church, they will be barred from college or entering the military.
In late June, a local government office in the same Guizhou province sent a notice to all of the schools in the local area announcing the decision, in an effort to discourage citizens from attending independent house churches and to switch to a church...
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