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RFA Chinese: China Removed Crosses from over 250 Churches in Four Months

Radio Free Asia (RFA) Chinese Edition recently reported that the Chinese Communist Party’s Suppression of Religious Freedom has continued. Just between January and April, the communist government removed the crosses from more than 250 churches in Anhui Province alone. The churches that were ordered to remove the crosses all belong to the Three-Self Patriotic Church system, which is the only legal and pro-government Christian church system in China. The “Three-Self” churches accept the leadership of the Chinese government and refuse to have any ties to the West. According to some members of the churches, local government officials asked the churches to remove the crosses based on the new policies from Beijing to eliminate all religious symbols, not just the Christian ones. Recently, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and other human rights organizations have been criticizing China’s religion suppression. The USCIRF 2020 Annual Report pointed out that China is not only removing the crosses all over the country, but is also banning people below the age of 18 from participating in any religious activities.

Source: RFA Chinese, June 12, 2020