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China pressures employers to fire members of Beijing’s defiant Shouwang Church

In a disturbing new development in the 12-week long clash between the Chinese Communist Party and members of Beijing’s 1,000-member Shouwang Church, the Chinese government is pressuring employers to fire church members from their jobs.

According to the China Aid Association, an advocacy group based in New York:

“In the 12 weeks since Shouwang Church lost its meeting site and decided to hold its Sunday worship services outdoors, Chinese authorities have tried many different ways to try to get the church members to desist. These have included police detention, house arrest, eviction, loss of jobs, and being forced to move out of Beijing.”

China Aid reported that Xia Xiaoqiu, a Shouwang Church member employed by the U.S.-based Christian humanitarian group World Vision, wrote on the social media site Google Buzz:


“With regard to the job, I’ve already had several rounds of talks with my boss. Each side has already made clear what can be made clear. My boss said that my activities cannot be allowed to impact the organization’s development [in China], and those in the managerial level are all in agreement about this. The only thing left now is to await their decision …” 

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Henrietta22

    See how nice “Freedom of Religion” is.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mordred08

    Take note, American Christians. This is what persecution looks like. This is why no one takes you seriously when you whine.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    Well put Henrietta and Mordred.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment cknuck

    Mordred sometimes you sound like you have sense, this is not one of them. nnmns it’s like a spectator sport to you; amused?

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