American Christians love to talk about how they’re so persecuted. Despite being in the majority, despite their faith being a benefit in a political campaign, despite the fact that there are multiple churches in pretty much every city. As Jon Stewart memorably said of conservative Christians, “you have confused a War on Religion with not getting everything you want.”
But if you want to see what it looks like when Christianity isn’t the favored religion and actually needs some defending, just look to Whezhou, China:
Since March, at least a dozen other churches across Zhejiang Province have been told to remove their crosses or have received demolition orders, a significant escalation in a party campaign to counter the influence of China’s fastest-growing religion.
The government has defended its actions, saying the churches violated zoning restrictions. However, an internal government document reviewed by The New York Times makes it clear the demolitions are part of a strategy to reduce Christianity’s public profile.
This is what governments do when they fear opposing ideas. They stifle them instead of offering a better alternative.
It’s actual persecution, not the fictional kind ginned up by American conservatives.
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