Sunday, August 13, 2006

Freedom of Religion and Speech in China

I found this report at the Buddhist Channel:

Beijing, China -- Lei Dayong, a lay Buddhist from the Tongzhou district of Beijing, was sentenced in February to four years in prison for printing Buddhist scriptures.

....In a previous instance, a Christian Pastor, Cai Zhuohua, was sentenced to three years for printing unauthorized copies of the Christian Bible.

Both the left and right in America should be chagrined to read this.

The left should be chagrined for openly supporting the expansion of government that will inevitably have enough power to do this, and which inevitably will do this. Every country that has had a powerful government has inevitably trampled its citizens' freedoms.

The right, for insisting that there is an anti-Christian conspiracy in this country's government, despite the fact that they are running the show. And they are increasing the reach of government into the personal lives of Americans to such a degree that non-Christians will eventually feel threatened. And, perhaps, even Christians of the wrong denomination.

Both sides should examine these events in China, and meditate on the inevitability of the use of power in government to oppress. The greater the power, the greater the oppression. Lucky you, if the powerful look and sound like you. Otherwise, hope you like prison food.



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