Chinese Police Dynamite Christian Megachurch

On Tuesday, officers of the People’s Armed Police, a state paramilitary organization, detonated explosives inside church’s underground sanctuary as well as destroyed the rest of the building, according to ChinaAid, an American watchdog group in which monitors religious freedom in China.

“The repeated persecution of Golden Lampstand Church demonstrates in which the Chinese government has no respect for religious freedom or human rights,” said Bob Fu, the group’s founder.


The authorities used dynamite as well as heavy machinery to raze the Protestant megachurch.

ChinaAid, via Associated Press

ChinaAid said in which the building was built by the married evangelists Wang Xiaoguang as well as Yang Rongli with nearly $3 million in contributions via local Christians, nevertheless in which the item had never been registered with the authorities, a legal requirement.

Officially, Chinese citizens are free to practice the religion of their choice, nevertheless the government tightly controls spiritual life, as well as in some cases bans certain groups, like Falun Gong.

On Dec. 27, the authorities also demolished a Catholic church in Shaanxi Province, southwest of Shanxi Province, destroying an altar as well as confiscating vestments, according to ChinaAid.

More than 60 million Christians live in China, at least half of whom worship in unregistered churches.

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