China Cracks Down on Christmas by Closing Churches, Banning Singing
Christians in one part of China were greeted with government-backed anti-Christmas protests in December as part of a nationwide crackdown on Christmas, according to a news report.
In one city, protesters walked through the streets carrying a Chinese flag and a sign reading, “Christmas, Get Out of China!”
Even though China tells its citizens the pandemic has been defeated, the government nevertheless used COVID-19 as a reason to close churches this Christmas season.
Riot police in Beijing prevented Christians from entering the Catholic Cathedral of the Savior, also known as Xishiku Church. A sign read: “Due to the pandemic, all religious activities have been halted.”
Government officials placed a massive Christmas tree at the entrance of St. Joseph’s Church in Beijing and also placed a sign telling members that “all religious activities have been halted.”
Police in Fujian Province stopped Christians from singing Christmas songs in a shopping mall, even though the believers had been officially invited to perform. Police said singing Christian songs is prohibited.
Schools throughout China told children that “Christmas should not be celebrated, and gifts should not be exchanged,” Bitter Winter said.
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