Chinese woman imprisoned for holding Bible study

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A Chinese woman has received imprisonment on charges of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order.” The Christian woman from the western Xinjiang region has been sentenced to three years in imprisonment for holding a Bible study. Moreover, four other Christians were seized by the police in this connection.

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In keeping with details, Chinese police arrested Ma Huichao and four other Christians over charges of meeting for Bible study without government approval. Her defense counsel was not allowed to plead on her behalf; her three year prison began on Friday, December 30.

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Chinese government has been continuously targeting Christianity during its drive against churches, demolishing crosses on churches, arresting Christians. Christian advocacy groups, claim this anti-Christians drive is an attempt by the Communist government to overpower rapid growth of Christianity in China.

Chinese government has been continuously targeting Christianity during its drive against churches, demolishing crosses on churches, arresting Christians. Christian advocacy groups, claim this anti-Christians drive is an attempt by the Communist government to overpower rapid growth of Christianity in China.

A recent revision in the Regulations on Religious Affairs, has put into effect prohibitions on “organizing citizens to attend religious training, conferences and activities abroad, preaching, organizing religious activities, and establishing religious institutions or religious sites at schools,” and “providing religious services through the internet.”

A Chinese pastor said: “The government wants to control everything, even the smallest aspects. One characteristic of this draft is the empowerment of local government bodies all the way down to the communities. This revision will further reduce the possibility of loosening religious control in China. It is becoming impossible.”

In this regard, China Aid a persecution watchdog states: “Tu Yan, a woman who began attending churches in Yunnan after she moved there for work, was returning home from a Christian gathering on Oct. 22, when she was apprehended on suspicion of ‘using a cult organization to undermine the implementation of the law.’”

“A month later, she was arrested for the same charge. Authorities also accused her of being the backbone of two so-called ‘evil cults’ and organizing three meetings on behalf of these institutions. In an interview, her father denied her involvement in any cult activities.”

Moreover, Christians have also been detained and accused of “brainwashing” children by teaching them about Christian beliefs. China Aid explains about an incident, when two Christian teachers were accused of brainwashing children. “Both women were accused of indoctrinating minors with superstitious beliefs. Chinese law forbids religious teaching to anyone under the age of 18, believing matters of faith to be dangerous brainwashing from which children must be protected.”