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The Communist government of China is continuing forcing Christians to replace posters of Jesus Christ with Communist leaders, and is turning pulpits into entertainment venues.
Religious liberty magazine Bitter Winter reports that Chinese authorities are going from town to town, demanding that Christian icons be replaced with pictures of Chairman Mao Zedong and President Xi Jinping.
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Initial reports of the initiative came out back in 2017, though several Christians have said it continues in full force in different provinces.
Eighty-year-old Fei Zhongju from Xiayi county revealed what authorities told him after barging into his home in October 2018:
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“If we come back for inspection and find that you haven’t put up Chairman Mao’s portrait, we’ll cancel your poverty alleviation benefits."
Fei’s wife revealed that her husband fell from the table and seriously injured himself as he attempted to get up and comply with the orders.
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“What have we believers in the Lord done wrong,” the woman said. “The government is forcing us to tear up portraits of the Lord Jesus, and as a result, my husband was injured.”
Government officials have threatened citizens that if they don't take down their religious posters themselves, then the authorities will act.
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Bitter Winter said that close to 1,400 Christian items have been destroyed all across the townships of Xiayi county since early February 2018. Some places, like Xin’an county, have been left entirely without any religious symbols, after the homes of 279 residents were...
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