Monday, March 12, 2007

Sounds like a smokescreen to me

Chinese adviser wants hotel Bibles for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

"The service can help clear up foreigners' misunderstandings of China in the area of religion," the agency quoted Liu as saying.

The U.S. State Department's 2006 report on international religious freedom said China had failed to live up to promises to respect citizens' faith and persecutes Christians, Muslims and Tibetan Buddhists who refuse to accept official controls.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said at the time the report "was a continuation of groundless accusations of China's policies on religion and ethnic minorities".
China's officially atheist Communist leaders say its citizens are free to practise religion in places and ways approved by the state.

So its okay for foreigners to read Gideon bibles in their hotel rooms but Chinese believers can't legally gather in their homes or share their faith on campuses.

1 comment:

Jane said...

Well that is interesting isn't it? Smokescreens seem to be the order of the day for this dictator types!