(Daily Mail) Chinese officials have reportedly ordered some Christians to smash the crosses on their churches and remove images of Jesus from their homes.
Authorities have recently destroyed religious symbols by force in churches in multiple provinces, including Anhui, Jiangsu, Hebei and Zhejiang, according to US-based news site Radio Free Asia.
Furthermore, officials of Shanxi, another region, demanded religious images be taken down and replaced with pictures of Communist leaders at the homes of impoverished believers, said independent outlet Bitter Winter.
Pictures released by US-based China Aid purport to show a crane taking down a cross on top of a church (left) and officials standing in front of a church (right) in Yongjia, China, on July 7.
The reports come as China is facing unprecedented criticism against its tight control over its religious population, especially the Muslim ethnic minorities.
Officials in charge of religious affairs in Huainan in the eastern province of Anhui allegedly barged into the local Shiwan Christ Church to dismantle its cross on Saturday and Sunday.
The officials had required the church to take down its cross a week earlier, reported Radio Free Asia citing local sources.
When they arrived at the venue to impose the order by force at the weekend, they were met with dozens of believers who had gathered to try to prevent them from bulldozing…
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Editors Note. This article was written by a Mail Staff write and posted to the Daily Mail Uk. Title changed by Pulpit & Pen. Picture in the heading is not from this story, but from another instance.
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