torsdag 27. desember 2018

Beijing's crackdown on religion clouds holiday season for China's faithful

It's a Christmas battle for the hearts and souls of the Chinese people. Despite being officially atheist and having a long and antagonistic relationship with religion, the ruling Communist Party is presiding over a boom of Christianity in China.

There are an estimated 72 million to 92 million Christians in the country -- the second-largest faith group after Chinese Buddhists, according to US-based NGO Freedom House. Some experts claim that China could even become the world's largest Christian country in less than two decades. Yet on December 9, authorities reportedly detained more than 100 Protestant worshipers from the Early Rain Covenant Church in the city of Chengdu.