by Jack Burns, The Free Thought Project:
Millions of Americans are about to be celebrating the Christmas season not being fully aware just how anti-religion and anti-spiritual the People’s Republic of China actually is. Not only do they persecute Christians and demolish their houses of worship, but they force innocent people into slave labor making Christmas lights for 10 hours a day in what can be referred to as black site concentration camps. Seriously.
In a disturbing article from Haaretz this month, Sayragul Sauytbay, a Muslim woman of Khazak descent, detailed her story of escaping one of these concentration camps in which gang rapes, torture, murder, and medical experiments were daily activities.
Sauytbay describes being forced to witness a gang rape while at the camp. A young woman, she says, was forced to disrobe after being forced to “confess” her sins in front of around 200 prisoners. The young woman was then raped by several police officers, Sauytbay said.
“While they were raping her they checked to see how we were reacting. People who turned their head or closed their eyes, and those who looked angry or shocked, were taken away and we never saw them again.”
There were also medical experiments performed on the prisoners, according to Haaretz; they were forced to take pills and were given shots, but were not told the truth about what the medical procedures did. Some who were subjected to them report impotence and cognitive decline, according to reporting in Haaretz and The Believer.
While this is taking place in secret, the government has no problem openly persecuting religions.
In May of this year, the Chinese government in the Hubei Province forced the True Jesus Church to remove the Chinese signs reading “True Jesus Church” or face the demolition of their houses of worship, their churches.
Later, in June, the government followed through on its promise to demolish churches who would not comply. Acceptance of the church as an official denomination of Christianity goes all the way back to the turn of the 20th Century when the church was established in China. It is defined as a member of the Pentecostal movement of churches.
The Henan Provincial government ordered the True Jesus Church to be demolished in June. On June 22nd, some 200 members were forcibly removed and injured so badly they were hospitalized. According to Xin Lu of Bitter Winter magazine, the church was located in the town of Caidu, in Shangcai county, and under the jurisdiction of Zhumadian city in the central province of Henan. According to Lu, the city wanted to repurpose the 1.5 million dollar Christian church over the objections of the long-standing, fully accepted by the government, Christian congregation.
The Religious Affairs Bureau, who was in charge of the raid, claimed that the church was engaged in “illegal fundraising” and was, thus, an “illegal building.” He ordered the person in charge to vacate the church, which would be converted into a nursing home, but the congregation refused to obey.
Then, at 3am on July 22nd, a group of 1000 government officials raided the church. Police officers were ordered to not allow people to make cell phone calls or to take pictures. They were also ordered to forcibly remove anyone inside the building attempting to prevent the church from being demolished.