Dozens of crosses have been forcefully removed from churches in a Chinese province. After United States issued a report on lack of religious freedom in China, they strongly protested against it. Now a proposal has surfaced to ban crosses entirely from the rooftops of churches in Zhejiang, one of China’s most Christian provinces.
In March the Chinese government had decided o halt the campaign of de-Christianizing the skyline of a town known as the Jerusalem of China. But stories of more removals continued to surface. The Chinese government now says it won’t stop the campaign until 2016, according to China Aid.
A draft of rules on religious structures released by government agencies this week says the crosses should be wholly affixed to a building facade and be no more than one-tenth of the facade’s height. The symbol also must fit with the facade and the surroundings, the proposal says. The draft does not provide the rationale for the proposal.
Crosses on the facades of Catholic churches are to have a height-to-width ratio of one to 0.618. For Protestant crosses, the ratio should be three to two.
In 2014, Christians and practitioners of other faiths in China experienced the harshest persecution seen in over a decade.
China is still undecided about how to deal with the church. This is actually good news. With the attacks on scores of churches, with some buildings being destroyed and about 300 crosses being removed, in the heartland of Wenzhou, many assume that China is setting its face against Christianity.