Easter is a dangerous time to be a Christian in communist China. Holy Week – which commemorates the arrest, torture, crucifixion and eventual resurrection of Jesus Christ – witnessed an increase in government-directed violence and persecution against followers of Jesus. China’s Communist Party cracks down on believers because trust in an all-powerful God undermines blind allegiance to the idea of an all-powerful state.
The toppling of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak and uprisings in other authoritarian regimes in the Middle East have communists panicking in the Middle Kingdom. The average Arab potentate has a tighter grip and a much smaller population to control than Beijing. If Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, Syria’s Bashar Assad or Arabia’s House of Saud can be threatened by people-power movements, there’s no doubt the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is vulnerable to mass unrest among its 1.3 billion oppressed souls.
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