On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

On the Front Lines of the Culture Wars

Canada denies asylum; bureaucrat didn’t like refugee’s “Jesus” comments

Chinese Christians worship in an "underground" illegal church


A Chinese Christian seeking political asylum was turned back by Canadian officials who didn’t like his answers about Jesus.

“The man’s inability to attribute human characteristics to Jesus formed part of the board’s decision to deny his refugee claim,” writes Douglas Quan in the Ottawa Citizen newspaper.


Wu Xin Wang came to Canada in April 2007 on a temporary work permit and requested refugee protection in January 2008. In documents filed with the immigration board, he described a phone call from his wife in China,  “who told him that officials from China’s Public Security Bureau had visited their home and were investigating illegal church activities,” reports Quan.

To see a video smuggled out of China about the underground church, CLICK HERE

Wang had been a member of an underground Christian church and described how he sometimes acts as a lookout during church services.


In assessing Wang’s refugee claim, immigration bureaucrat Daniel Mc-Sweeney asked Wang: “So tell me about Jesus as a person. What was he like?”

“Jesus is son of God,” Wang said, according to court documents.

“I am not asking who he was or what he did. I am asking what is he like as a person,” McSweeney said.

“Jesus was conceived through the Holy Ghost and was born in this world,” Wang replied.

The answer did not satisfy McSweeney. “Anybody could memorize a creed and recite the creed. I want to know what you believe and what you know of Jesus as a person.”

“In my heart He is my Savior,” Wang answered.

“Again,” persisted McSweeney, “tell me what Jesus is as a person and this is the last time I am going to ask you.”


“I am sorry, I really do not know how to answer.”

As a result, the immigration board denied Wang’s refugee claim, saying he was not credible — and that his professed religious beliefs and practices “were merely an attempt to bolster his refugee claim,” writes  Quan. “The board said it came to that conclusion in part of because of Wang’s inability to answer the question about Jesus or to describe certain core beliefs of the Pentecostal Church.”

CLICK HERE to read a smuggled-out account of one woman’s 48 hours in police custody


Wang applied to Canada’s Federal Court.

Federal Court Judge David G. Near says he sees no reason to overturn the decision. The judge wrote. “This court cannot, on judicial review, decide to, in effect, reweigh the results of what can begin to look like a round of Bible trivia.”

To read about the Chinese government’s escalating persecution of Beijing’s Shouwang Church CLICK HERE

As a result, Wang will be returned to China.

To read more about China’s persecution of Catholics CLICK HERE


Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees, said she is troubled by the situation.

To read more about China’s persecution of a Christian lawyer, CLICK HERE

“If it is unclear what the correct answer is, how can that be an appropriate test?” she told the Ottawa Citizen‘s Quan. She said a better way to gauge a refugee claimant’s credibility is to ask them about their experience: “Where do you worship? What happens there? How often do you go?”


She noted that the Federal Court ruled that four Eritrean refugees were rejected by a Canadian visa officer in Cairo, Egypt, because they had been unable to name the “seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.”

To read more about the Shouwang church, CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE to read about China’s oppression of its Nobel Peace Prize winner
  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    Presumably he thinks Jesus was a man and would have learned some of the tales of his life. I’d be inclined to agree he memorized some church terms rote. But on the other hand it’s established Christians, on average, don’t know much about their religion so it’s hard to be certain.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment nnmns

    Surely we can all agree the headline here was designed to be incendiary. The world does not need more of that!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Courtney


    Can you say that you know what most Christians Know. You can’t, because you don’t know most Christians. I guess also that it’s easy to draw such a cold opinion about what this man will and has experienced because you are not the on facing what hw is facing. Are you a Christian??? I ask only because you are not acting like one.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dan Wilson

    To the govt of Canada, please fire Mr. McSweeny for being ignorant, stupid and overall a bigot.

    He tries to evaluate a man who is using his faith when he has not understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ and his own words show that he is clueless to the scriptures.

    Everyone should write both the Canadian govt and Mr. McSweeny to ask that he be relieved of any duties that deal with human beings.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Barbara A.M.

    Mr. McSweeney (ummmm your stupidity is showing). Tell me can you answer your own question.? It is a question you can’t answer and you know that! Were you having a bad “hair” day that day? The Chinese man couldn’t answer the question as you would’ve liked him too and you blatantly had him turned down?? And if he had answered correctly would you have recognized the answer? Who the hell do you think you are? People like you ought to be terminated at sunrise and save others a lot of aggravation. I pray for you and your thoughtless brain.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BARBARA A.M.

    I agree with you, Mr. Dan Wilson.

  • http://CanadaandChristianrefugees siham

    Hey I am sure as we share borders with Canada, they are getting the anti-Christ sentiment like ACLU and others in our beloved country.When people become the tools of the satan, then they must accept their punishment, just look around you people, distruction is surrounding you. Canada, please fire this official Mcsweeny!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment BAW

    I agree that from what was said it seemed as though the applicant was just parroting phrases from a catechism. He didn’t seem to know anything about the life of Christ, or His teachings. Perhaps it was a language problem, as it doesn’t say if he was being questioned in English or through a Chinese interpreter. If the former, he may not have understood what the officer meant.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment ANGEL OJEDA


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment MrTokarev

    Sweeney sounds like a real tool. So now this poor Chinese guy gets shipped back home so he can get harassed or even arrested by the authorities for being part of an underground church. Sounds like a political refugee to me.

    So when did philosophical discussions on the nature of God become a requirement for asylum?

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