[b]China harasses Christians ahead of Beijing Olympics[/b]NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--With increased frequency, the Chinese government is persecuting house churches and banishing foreign Christians from the country, presumably to squelch voices who might draw attention to the plight of religious minorities in the nation surrounding the Beijing Olympics."We seem to be seeing a crackdown ahead of the Olympics. Whether that's to send a message to the church to lay low or whether it is to make sure that anybody who might cause international embarrassment is taken care of ahead of time, I don't know," Todd Nettleton, a spokesman for Voice of the Martyrs, told Baptist Press. "But we do see an increase in the level of arrests, the level of house church services being raided, that sort of activity."We also have seen a number of foreigners who are Christians who, when the time came to renew their visa they have been denied a new visa and told that they had to ...read more: http://www.baptistpress.com/BPnews.asp?ID=27593
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With increased frequency, the Chinese government is persecuting house churches and banishing foreign Christians from the country, presumably to squelch voices who might draw attention to the plight of religious minorities in the nation surrounding the Beijing Olympics.
"They want to make sure that they put their best foot forward, and having Christians doing some sort of protest or drawing attention to the religious freedom situation there would not be good PR
This has to be a fear that the Chinese government has, because as true believers we don't do those sorts of things...that is looking to the arm of flesh for help.
[url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7325754.stm]BBC report: Olympics 'worsening China rights' - full article[/url]'[b]China's human rights record is getting worse, not better, because of the Beijing Olympics, a rights group says.[/b] According to Amnesty International, China is clamping down on dissent in a bid to portray a stable and harmonious image ahead of the Games in August. It urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and world leaders to speak out against abuses, including China's handling of protests in Tibet. US President George W Bush is facing calls to boycott the Games' opening... [b]'Beyond reach'[/b] In a report entitled China: The Olympics Countdown, the London-based group said the Olympics had failed to act as a catalyst for reform in China...'This does just show how futile politics is, at changing the human heart.