Persecution escalates in Henan since beginning of September

A church meets in this undated photo.
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(Zhengzhou, Henan—Sept. 8, 2018) Authorities across Henan have been taking escalating measures to suppress Christianity since the beginning of September, violating the rights of Christians and closing down churches.

One of the churches, located in Tanghe County, Henan, is experiencing government harassment as officials go to the church every day to confiscate its property. One of the Christians who attends the church said that the authorities do not have any warrants permitting them to enter or seize the property.

This is part of an ongoing attempt to squelch Christianity and force Christians to adhere to Communist Party ideals. Some of the acts committed to obtain this goal have been unprecedented since the Cultural Revolution, such as removing crosses, banning Christian families from displaying crosses and Christian couplets on their doorways, coercing believers to join government-censored churches, forcing churches to display the national flag and extol the Party, and prohibiting children from attending church and learning about the teachings in the Bible.