Chinese Communist Party Forcing Christians to Renounce Their Faith or Be Tortured
Christians taken to secret 'reeducation' facilities
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is going all-out against Christianity by detaining Christian followers in secret "reeducation" facilities and torturing them if they don't renounce their faith, according to reports.
Radio Free Asia reported:
“A member of a Christian ‘house church’ in the southwestern province of Sichuan who asked to be identified by a pseudonym Li Yuese said he was held in a facility run by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s United Front Work Department, working in tandem with the state security police, for 10 months after a raid on his church in 2018."
“Another Christian who asked to remain anonymous told RFA that similar facilities are being used across China, not just for Protestants, but also for members of the underground Catholic church, and of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, a target of authorities since 1999."
Communist China is targeting “house churches” that are not members of the CCP-backed Three-Self Patriotic Association.
The association teaches people a CCP-approved version of Christianity because it views the religion as a national security threat.
“It was a mobile facility that could just set up in some basement somewhere,” Li said.
"It was staffed by people from several different government departments.
“It had its own (CCP) political and legal affairs committee working group, and they mainly target Christians who are members of house churches.”
“They use really underhand[ed] methods,” Li continued.
“They threaten, insult, and intimidate you.
"These were United Front officials, men, women, sometimes unidentified, usually in plain clothes.
"The police turn a blind eye to this.
"You have to accept the statement they prepare for you.
"If you refuse, you will be seen as having a bad attitude, and they will keep you in detention and keep on beating you.”
Li said that he lost all concept of time inside the basement.
He added he thought of suicide often because he said it would have been better than what he was subjected to.
“I couldn’t sleep; after you’ve been in there a week, death starts to look better than staying there. I bashed myself against the wall to self-harm,” he said.
“One time in there, I was groggy and was trying to open my eyes, but I couldn’t. Four or five of them grabbed me by the arms and legs and pinned me to the ground."
"They injected me with some drug and brought me back to consciousness.”
Last year, Neon Nettle reported that the CCP was forcing low-income families to renounce their faith and replace religious symbols with President Xi Jinping's images or face losing welfare benefits.
Bitter Winter, “an online magazine on religious liberty and human rights in China," reported on the Chinese Government's move to remove religious freedom.
“All impoverished households in the town were told to display Mao Zedong images,” a local pastor told Bitter Winter.
“The government is trying to eliminate our belief and wants to become God instead of Jesus.”
"The participants were ordered to remove crosses, religious symbols, and images from the homes of people of faith who receive social welfare payments and replace them with portraits of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping,” Bitter Winter reported.