China’s Religious Cleansing Now Threatens Christians in Hong Kong

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The persecution of Christians in mainland China has now seeped into Hong Kong, according to a warning issued by Release International on the 35th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Ah, the Tiananmen Square massacre, a grim reminder of China’s disdain for fundamental human rights. They looked at history and said, “Hey, let’s ensure we keep that tradition alive!”

Back in 1989, Tiananmen Square became synonymous with the brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. But guess what? The nightmare didn’t end there. Nope, it began a long, dark tunnel for Christians in China. Release International’s recent report paints a bleak picture, revealing that Christians are facing the worst persecution since the days of the Cultural Revolution. And now, the ominous shadows are creeping into Hong Kong, thanks to those lovely national security laws that are all about silencing dissent and trampling on religious freedom.

According to Release International, priests in Hong Kong might soon find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. Picture this: you go to confession seeking solace and guidance, but your priest is sweating bullets because he might end up behind bars if he doesn’t spill the beans about your “treasonous” thoughts. Yeah, it sounds like a dystopian nightmare.

Bob Fu, a champion for religious freedom in China, isn’t mincing words. He’s sounding the alarm, saying that if priests are forced to break the sacred trust of confession, China is heading down a dangerous road. Who cares about sacred trusts when you’ve got the power to wield, right?

And where are these persecuted Hong Kongers looking for refuge? Surprise, surprise—it’s the good old UK. Fu is calling on Britain to step up to the plate, reminding them of their moral obligation to protect the rights of their former colony. It’s like telling the big brother, “Hey, remember us? A little help here, please!”

The situation is so dire that even the US Commission on International Religious Freedom raises red flags. They’re not just tightening the screws on Christians within China’s borders; they’re reaching across borders, affecting believers in Hong Kong and beyond. It’s like China is on a mission to export its brand of oppression. How thoughtful of them!

Paul Robinson, CEO of Release International, isn’t sugarcoating it either. This crackdown is no joke. It’s the harshest we’ve seen since Mao’s Cultural Revolution—that lovely period when people disappeared if they dared to have a different opinion.

So, here’s the wake-up call, folks. It’s time to recognize the severity of the persecution happening in China. This isn’t just about Christians within their borders; it’s a global threat to religious freedom. We can’t afford to look the other way while China tightens its grip. It’s time to stand up, speak out, and say, “Enough is enough!”