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August 31, 2005

Chinese Christian refused asylum by 5th Circuit Court

From WorldNetDaily...

The Alliance Defense Fund has taken up the asylum cause of Li Xiaodong of Ningbo, China, under the Convention Against Torture Act. On Aug. 9 a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit denied Li's request to stay in the U.S. The religious-liberty law group says it will appeal the decision....

The 5th Circuit found that in 1995 Li was a member of an underground evangelical Christian church meeting at his home on Sundays. He was arrested for holding an illegal church service and then interrogated at length at the local police department for "being a reactionary."

Li was handcuffed, beaten and had his hair pulled. He was then kicked, forced to kneel, and hit with a police bar when the Chinese police did not like Li's responses to their questions, according to the three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit. Li was jailed for five days and then forced by the police to clean public toilets without pay.

That same year, Li obtained a visa and left China, fearing further torture and imprisonment.

The Alliance Defense Fund, on their web site has the following...

China only permits Christians to legally worship in "official" state-sanctioned "churches," rejected by millions of Catholic and evangelical Christians. Li obtained a visa and left China in 1995, fearing further torture and imprisonment.

The uncontradicted testimony in Li's case reflected "that the Chinese government...[has] harassed, interrogated, detained, and physically abused members of unauthorized religious groups," according to the court. The full text of the 5th Circuit panel's ruling in Li v. Gonzales can be read at www.telladf.org/UserDocs/LiDecision.pdf. ...

On Aug. 13, the sister 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granted asylum to a Mexican national on the grounds that being a homosexual would subject him to persecution in Mexico.

So now Christians don't even deserve the protection of the law provided to even homosexuals? Remember that the next time activist homosexuals start crying about how they don't have the protection of the law.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 31, 2005 06:38 AM

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I never realized that Christianity was a no-no to the Chinese government. Interesting post.

Posted by: Jess at August 31, 2005 09:34 AM

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