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The Chinese are at it again

July 20, 2008

Belief Blog
BY Julia Duin
Washington Times
July 19 2008

It seems that no outrage is too much for the Chinese, who have flouted
every human rights convention possible before the beginning of the
Genocide Olympics. I'm blogging this from my vacation spot on Washington
state's Olympic peninsula -- a paradise of a spot. But I could not
resist throwing in a blog when I saw an entry in my company e-mail from
China Aid, a Christian group that monitors religious persecution. When
Bike Zhang, one of the leaders of China's burgeoning house church
movement, dared to meet with visiting Americans, the authorities decided
to retaliate quickly.

Bike Zhang had no sooner waved good-bye to his visitors when government
thugs showed up and forced the couple out of their house. When the
couple tried to move in with friends, the police hauled them out. When
they tried to stay in hotels, police told the hotel owners to evict the
pastor and his wife or risk getting the hotel burned down. Then they had
Bike Zhang and his wife in all night for questioning. When these poor
folks merely tried to go somewhere to get some sleep, the police came
after them, literally forcing them out of peoples' homes.

The last word is that the pastoral couple is literally living on the
street, as they can stay nowhere else. When the police were asked why
they were doing this, they replied that by meeting with Americans, Bike
Zhang had "destroyed the harmony of the Beijing Olympic games."

While on the plane out here, I was reading a magazine published by the
Falun Gong, another minority religious group whose members have been
tortured to death by the police merely for their beliefs. Just in case
you might not believe such tales, the magazine ran actual photos of
these people, post torture, or their corpses, to show what had been done
to them. It was a little hard to take a snooze after that.

For those of you in the Washington area, China's human rights morass
will be discussed during a Capitol Hill briefing at 2:15 p.m. July 22 in
Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office building. The congressional human
rights caucus is sponsoring the gathering, which wil include Bob Fu from
China Aid, someone from the Uyghur American Association and possibly a
representative of the Dalai Lama.

— Julia Duin, assistant national editor/religion, The Washington Times
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