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Worthy Christian News » Chinese Christians Sue Authorities Over Detentions, Raids

By Stefan J. Bos, Worthy News Chief International Correspondent

BEIJING, CHINA (Worthy News) — Christians in China's Shaanxi Province are suing law enforcement authorities for “illegally” detaining and fining them and confiscating their personal properties,  in a case that could impact house churches, Worthy News learned Saturday July 25.

China Aid Association (CAA) told BosNewsLife that leaders of Taochuan Village Christian Church,  Liu Caili, Huang Sumin and Xu Fenying, filed the lawsuit on grounds “that their detentions, fines and the authorities' confiscation of books have no legal basis.”

A Christian attorney, Wu Chenglian, was to represent the believers in court Wednesday, July 29 during the trial against Luonan County Public Security Bureau, one of China's main law enforcement agencies.

The three Christians were arrested on June 14, when officers came to their homes and businesses and forcibly escorted them to the police station “without presenting identification or official summons,” CAA said. Liu Caili and Huang Shumin were reportedly sentenced to 10 days; Xu Fenying was given five days behind bars.

“UNAUTHORIZED” WORSHIP

Chinese authorities have been cracking down on “unauthorized” worship services, saying they violate Chinese legislation and are often linked to “illegal” organizations or sects. Chinese authorities only allow previously approved religious services, mainly within the state-backed denominations.

Yet, millions of China's estimated 130 million Christians prefer to gather outside government control.

The Christians suing the authorities next week allege their detention and confiscation of had no legal basis as Christians “spontaneously to study the Bible, not in the name of a social organization.”

They also said that a fine and the confiscation of Christian books was illegal “because the Chinese Constitution guarantees freedom of belief” and “authorities violated the legal procedure because they did not present identification or summons papers.”

CAA said local authorities want the Christians to close down their house church because the Christians have been supporting more rights for peasants in the village. The case is expected to be closely monitored by the growing house church movement in China, which has complained of growing harassment by authorities in several provinces of the country.

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  • FresnoJoe
    30 July 2009 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    {{{… freedom of belief …}}}

    Trust

    "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call."
    Joel 2:32

    Trust God

    "And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder."
    Matthew 21:44

    Trust God Alone

    "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
    Acts 4:12

    For Freedom Is Found Only In Jesus

    "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;"
    "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

    "They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?"
    "Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin."
    "And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever."

    "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
    John 8:31-36

    >>>>>()<<<<<

    Believe

    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
    John 3:16

    And Be Blessed Beloved
    Love, Joe

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