I like to travel, but at the end of the day, there are some places that I will just simply not go to.
For one, I won’t go to a country like China because it seems that laws regarding what you can or can’t do change by the day and you can be thrown into prison for something that you didn’t even know what the law was.
Added to that, they seem to be really itchy about putting Christians behind bars.
Christian persecution in China continues to worsen.
Sources recently confirmed to the nonprofit International Christian Concern that a Chinese Christian online bookstore owner, Chen Yu, was charged with “illegal business operations” on Sept. 27.
He was sentenced to seven years in prison and a fine of 200,000 renminbi ($29,450).
Chen was previously detained on Sept. 1, 2019, for selling unapproved religious publications imported from the U.S., Taiwan and other countries, according to ICC.
Chinese police launched an investigation to trace where the illegal religious publications had gone. Those publications were then confiscated.
Gina Goh, ICC’s regional manager for Southeast Asia, spoke out against Chen’s arrest.
“The sentence for Mr. Chen Yu shows how the Chinese government is increasingly frightened by all things religious. From religious symbols, Chinese couplets, to Christian books, anything that features religious elements is no longer tolerated by the Chinese Communist Party,” Goh said.
“The disproportionate sentencing of Christians, such as Early Rain Covenant Church pastor Wang Yi and Chen Yu, under the same charge implies that the crackdown against Christianity will only intensify. The US government and international community should continue to stand up to the tyranny in Beijing.”
China’s oppression of Christians and restrictions on religious freedoms has continued to worsen over the past few years.