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Monday, May 22, 2006
Chinese central government launches religious propaganda campaign in the US

ICC NOTE: Many Americans have a false image of religious persecution in China . The Chinese government has used this campaign to present the idea that Chinese Christians have the freedom to print Bibles in China ; however, in reality, this freedom is exceptionally restricted.

By Michael Ireland
Chief Correspondent, ASSIST News Service
MIDLAND, TEXAS (ANS) — The second China Bible Ministry Exhibition in the United States , sponsored by the Chinese government, opened in Atlanta , May 19.

Held at the Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Northeast Atlanta, the Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Church in China will run through May 24. The first exhibition of the same kind was held in Los Angeles from late April to early May.

According to China Aid Association (CAA), “Those who know well about the operation of Chinese government and its sanctioned religious organizations should acknowledge this exhibition is nothing but a PR campaign to cover up the religious persecution image in the US .”

“It’s rather ironic that Beijing House Church pastor Cai Zhuohua is serving for three years sentence in the Chinese prison for printing Bibles in China since last year, while the propaganda message of this Bible exhibition is that there is freedom to print Bibles in China,” said Rev. Bob Fu, President of CAA.

Fu added: “It’s a shame for the organizers to invite the top Communist Party religious persecutor like Mr. Ye Xiaowen and Ms. Cao Shengjie to spread lies to American people.”

CAA says that as the director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) of China , Mr. Ye Xiaowen “is directly responsible for hundreds of arrests of House church pastors and other persecution cases to independent religious groups. Ms. Cao Shengjie is the leader of the Chinese Communist Party controlled organization with religious uniforms, which is called the China Christian Council (CCC).”

CAA called American people of faith to contact the organizers to address their concern.

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