Monday, March 05, 2007

Chinese Crackdown on Religion Intensifies

Christians, Buddhists and others in China who wish to practice their personal beliefs have two choices: join one of five "patriotic" state-sanctioned churches and endure the oversight of atheistic communist leaders, or go underground and practice in secret, risking arrest, harassment, torture and detention in a forced-labor camp. For some Chinese, the first choice is not even an option. China's communist regime controls what is taught, who is qualified to be clergy, and outlaws religious instruction to children under 18.