It seems that no outrage is too much for the Chinese, who have flouted every human rights convention possible before the beginning of the Genocide Olympics. I’m blogging this from my vacation spot on Washington state’s Olympic peninsula — a paradise of a spot. But I could not resist throwing in a blog when I saw an entry in my company e-mail from China Aid, a Christian group that monitors religious persecution. When Bike Zhang, one of the leaders of China’s burgeoning house church movement, dared to meet with visiting Americans, the authorities decided to retaliate quickly.
Bike Zhang had no sooner waved good-bye to his visitors when government thugs showed up and forced the couple out of their house. When the couple tried to move in with friends, the police hauled them out. When they tried to stay in hotels, police told the hotel owners to evict the pastor and his wife or risk getting the hotel burned down. Then they had Bike Zhang and his wife in all night for questioning. When these poor folks merely tried to go somewhere to get some sleep, the police came after them, literally forcing them out of peoples’ homes.
The last word is that the pastoral couple is literally living on the street, as they can stay nowhere else. When the police were asked why they were doing this, they replied that by meeting with Americans, Bike Zhang had “destroyed the harmony of the Beijing Olympic games.”
While on the plane out here, I was reading a magazine published by the Falun Gong, another minority religious group whose members have been tortured to death by the police merely for their beliefs. Just in case you might not believe such tales, the magazine ran actual photos of these people, post torture, or their corpses, to show what had been done to them. It was a little hard to take a snooze after that.
For those of you in the Washington area, China’s human rights morass will be discussed during a Capitol Hill briefing at 2:15 p.m. July 22 in Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office building. The congressional human rights caucus is sponsoring the gathering, which wil include Bob Fu from China Aid, someone from the Uyghur American Association and possibly a representative of the Dalai Lama.
— Julia Duin, assistant national editor/religion, The Washington Times