Christian woman BURIED ALIVE while trying to stop the demolition of church in China
A CHRISTIAN who was killed trying to stop the senseless demolition of a Christian church in China has become a beacon of the cause against persecution.
By ZOIE O’BRIEN
Ding Cuimei was pushed into a ditch and buried alive last week when she attempted to stop the government-ordered demolition of Beitou Church in the central Hena province city of Zhumadian.
The wife of the Rev. Li Jiangong faced off with the demolition team, but they ignored her protest.
Horrified congregants watched helplessly as she was buried under soil and rubble.
According to the charity China Aid orders were handed down to simply go through her.
The non-profit human rights and religious freedom group reported one man as saying “bury them alive for me”.
The same man said he will “be responsible” for their lives and “the government wants to contain the growth of Christianity”.
In the world’s most populous country the government is increasingly persecuting religious minorities, say advocates.
More than two thousand crosses have now been forcefully removed from churches as part of a government campaign to regulate “excessive religious sites”.
The nation’s leadership launched the crusade to eradicate Christianity in the coastal province of Zhejiang almost two years ago.
David Curry, president and CEO of Christian advocacy group Open Doors USA told FoxNews.com: “There was a time where they [Christians] were being recognised as productive members of society.
“The government treated them fairly.
“But that has changed. China has the goal of nationalising Christians.”
Little more than five percent of China’s 1.4 billion people are believed to be Christians but still the government is accused of being determined to lower the profile of the church.
Mr Curry said: “The effort takes varied forms, from rezoning church properties to allow for demolition, as in the case of the April 14 incident in which Ding was killed, to forcing pastors to meet weekly with local officials to explain their sermons.
“It has had a chilling effect
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