Christians flee growing persecution in Africa and Middle East (news article).
Chinese Christian under restraint, 2014. From video on World News Site.
From Daily Telegraph news report, By Tom Phillips, in Shanghai, 5:17AM BST 29 Apr 2014
Wednesday, May 18, 2016. In 2015, China Aid documented 634 cases of persecution.
Chinese Pastor Jailed For Refusal To Remove Cross From Church
NY Times Story May 22, 2016: link–>> Decapitated Churches in China’s Christian Heartland.
Quotation from the NY Times story: Several clergy members in the region said they were under pressure to demonstrate their loyalty to the Communist Party. Some churches, for example, have begun extolling Mr. Xi’s campaign to promote “core socialist values” — a slogan meant to offer a secular belief system that bolsters the party’s legitimacy.
Another quotation: A senior church leader, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he and others had agreed to take down the cross because they feared the church would be demolished if they did not. People were on the verge of losing their jobs, he added, and church elders felt they had no choice but to call on parishioners to give in.
China Clamps Down On Religious Believers
From Open Doors website:
China remains one of the most complicated countries on the World Watch List as it is multi-faceted and incredibly diverse. While a considerable portion of the country’s persecution is suffered by small groups of Christian converts among the Tibetans and the Muslim Uighurs, Christians among the main Han majority face continuing restrictions as well. While the campaign of breaking down crosses in the province Zhejiang seems to have come to an end, church meetings continue to be disrupted and stopped. Authorities see the meetings as threats when foreigners, media or large groups of people are involved, one example being in the province Guangdong. The curbing of reporting and social media after explosions in Tianjin in August 2015 also serve to limit Christian freedoms. The government’s goal of maintaining power and social harmony includes the control of all religions, including the quickly growing Christian minority.