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July 07, 2005

Chinese pastor arrested for printing Bibles

From the BBC:

The leader of an underground Chinese church appeared in a Beijing court on Thursday, accused of illegally printing more than 200,000 Bibles.

Cai Zhuohua, along with his wife and two other church members, has been charged with "illegal business practices", his lawyers have said.

According to Mr. Cai's lawyer, Gao Zhisheng, "The books in no way were going to enter the market, they were to be given away free of charge to the church members." He added, "The court should not be used to oppress religion and religious freedoms, but the authorities are always using economics as a pretext to deal with religious and political issues."

Bob Fu, president of the US-based China Aid Association (CAA), said the trial would be "a true litmus test for the Beijing government's religious freedom claims".

"Given the fact that 2008 Olympics will be held in Beijing, the international community has an obligation to demand the Beijing government show the true spirit of the rule of law and respect of religious freedom for ordinary citizens like Pastor Cai," he said.

America continues to grant China Most Favored Nation status in terns or trade tariffs, empowering the despotic regime. Communist China also sits of the UN Commission for Human Rights, while they obviously have no qualms about violating Human Rights anytime they wish.

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 7, 2005 08:00 AM

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