Christianity crackdown: Officials raid stores for ‘contraband’ as store owners face PRISON

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China’s authoritarian politburo is strengthening its resolve on cracking down on Christianity and other religions which fall out of its strict communist guidelines. The party jealously guards its superior position in the psyche of Chinese citizens, placing itself above everything, including religious deities. Businesses in China have been informed they will face harsh consequences if they are detected publishing or selling prohibited religious texts that don’t pass the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) censorship guidelines.

Online stores and postal and courier services are also banned from distributing them.

Communist party officials this week investigated printing premises in the Chinese city of Luoyang searching for prohibited religious materials.

The ruling CCP has classified Christian religious material as “contraband.”

Speaking to the Bitter Winter religious liberty magazine a courier from a company in the city Chinese city of Luoyang said: “The government exerts strict control over mailed goods this year.

“Only the mailing of government-approved books is allowed.

“All books with ‘bad information,’ including religion, are not allowed to be dispatched.

“If public security authorities discover violations of these regulations, the company will be fined and closed down.”

Also speaking to the Bitter Winter a business manager said: “They checked my storehouse, scrutinised all records, and even looked at paper sheets on the floor, to see if they have prohibited content.

“If any such content is found, I’ll be fined, or worse, my business will be closed.”

The manager said he was then told to stop denied printing religious books and materials.

He added: “Inspections are too rigorous.

“Any religious content makes the issue political, not religious.

“Although banners on the streets say people are allowed religious beliefs, the only faith they can practice freely is that in the communist party.”

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Another store manager said: “The government does not allow to print religious materials nationwide, especially Christian.

“Anyone who takes on such orders breaks the law and might be put into prison.

“This is the line that we absolutely can’t cross.

“A printing house in the city was closed down for printing religious books, and some of its staff were arrested.”

An employee at a photocopying shop in Luoyang said: “I don’t even dare to make copies of two sheets with religious hymns because of strict investigations.

“I was told to report anyone who comes to copy religious materials.”

Another business owner said: “If businesses are discovered, they could be fined as much as ten times their monthly income; or worst of all, workers could even be arrested.

“If we are not sure if a text is religious, we must keep its copy and report it to authorities.”

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