Peace and Freedom

If Christianity didn’t have powerful friends abroad, would the Chinese state persecute it like it does Falun Gong?

By Giles Fraser
The Guardian

University students wearing traditional Chinese outfits hold banners reading ‘Resist Christmas, Chinese people should not celebrate foreign festivals’ in Changsha, central China on 24 December 2014. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

espite the fact that China produces over half of the world’s Christmas decorations, the arrival of the Christ-child remains deeply unwelcome in the offices of the Chinese Communist party (CPC). Since Mao Zedong died in 1976, two things have grown exponentially: the economy and religion – and specifically Christianity. Not only is China now the largest economy in the world, it is set to become the most Christian country within the next couple of decades. How ironic: an officially communist country makes for the most effective capitalists, and an officially atheistic country makes for the largest number…

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