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China Didn’t Just Unleash the Virus—It Unleashed A New Wave of Totalitarianism, Starting With Attacks on Religious Liberty

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The Chinese Communist Party’s heinous persecution of its Uyghur population has deservedly received attention around the world. But the oppression of the Uyghurs is part of an even broader pattern, as religious freedom is under attack not only in China but especially since the pandemic, throughout much of the rest of the globe as well.

Indeed, as governments everywhere have become accustomed to the unprecedented new powers they asserted in the name of fighting the coronavirus, it is increasingly apparent that religious liberty is more in danger today than at any time in generations.

In China, the Communist Party has become ever more intolerant not only of the country’s Uyghur minority but of Christianity as well. Chinese officials recently arrested the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Xinjiang Apostolic Prefecture along with seven priests and ten seminarians. Their crime: failing to register with the Communist Party. For almost half a century, the Chinese Communist Party has insisted on appointing Bishops in China, a practice never recognized by the Vatican. The arrested bishop, Joseph Xhang Weizhu, was ordained in secret in 1991. The Chinese Communist Party did not approve of his appointment, and they have consequently arrested Bishop Weizhu on multiple previous occasions. Likewise, the Xinjiang Diocese has also never been recognized by the Chinese government and is part of the Underground Catholic Church.

Sadly, the world has come to expect this kind of arbitrary oppression of religion in communist nations.

But in a relatively new development, people of faith are now facing similar—though obviously less brutally oppressive—violations of religious freedom in democracies such as Canada and the United States.

Last month, authorities in Calgary arrested Pastor Artur Pawlowski for the crime of organizing an “illegal in-person gathering.” The gathering was a church service.

Throughout the pandemic, we have seen governments use the coronavirus as a rationale to prevent believers from assembling to worship God.

In March of 2020, California deemed all in-service religious activities non-essential.  This made any in-service religious activity illegal. That was the law until the Supreme Court ruled against the state of California in favor of religious freedom on February 5, 2021. In other words, the largest state in America instituted a prohibition on all religious gatherings for almost an entire year—and there was virtually no outcry from the media.

Before COVID, it would have been unthinkable for the citizens of western democracy to have to ask the state’s permission to hold a worship service. But as the events of the past year have shown, it was not only a virus that the pandemic brought from China, but new forms of state control as well.

Unfortunately, with COVID-19 restrictions abating, the attacks on religious liberty are still escalating.

Last week, a Catholic Pastor in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Father Altman, was asked to resign after having spoken out against the government’s restrictions to freedom of worship—which he considered an intrusion into the sanctuary that limited Catholics’ ability to share in communion and administer the Sacraments.

Father Altman had also spoken out against abortion and argued that marriage should be between one man and one woman. Even though Father Altman’s parish was flourishing, increasing in the number of registered parishioners and financial collections over the last year, officials in the Catholic diocese seemingly caved to political pressure to silence Father Altman’s voice.

As these and innumerable other examples make clear, religious belief is now under a sustained assault on two different fronts—the threat of communism in the east and that of secular progressivism throughout the western world.

From the atrocious crimes against humanity committed daily against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang to the unjust arrest of Catholics serving in the Underground Church in China to the harsh and unjustified suppression of believers in Canada and even Wisconsin, a new anti-religious animus is rising around the world.

The courageous examples of Bishop Weizhu, Pastor Pawlowski, and Father Altman, who have met these threats to their faith with unbroken resolve, should inspire believers everywhere to renew their commitment to living by the dictates of their conscience—and standing up for others’ rights to do the same.

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H L Howell
5 months ago

Why do ignorant people post in capitals. It does not make them smarter.

Russell Reitz
5 months ago

I ALSO THINK THAT YOUR READERS SHOULD BECOME MORE IN FORM BEFORE THEY
TOOT THEIR ( WISLE’S ).. GO TO NEWSMAX AND OANN PLUS A FEW GOOD HONEST
NEWS PEOPLE LIKE AMAC + ( ALL OF THE TIME )
NO! NOT FOX, FOX IS THE NEW CNN + FAKE JUNKIES.
FOR ME NO MORE FOX STUFF. BY THE WAY FOX JUST GAVE 20 MILLION BUCKS
THAT’S RIGHT 20 MILLION BUCKS TO THE CHINA SLEEPY JOE BIDEN LEFT, DEMOS, ETC.
SO, HOW CAN FOX BE FOR (AMERICA )????

Russell Reitz
5 months ago

NO CHINA DID NOT MAKE THIS VIRUS. WHETHER, YOU LIKE IT OR NOT.
THIS VIRUS WAS DEVELOPED IN THE HARVARD U. LABS. ( FOR CHINA )
WAR FARE AGAINST AMERICA. BUT, IT GOT OUT-OF HAND.
RIGHT ( HARVARD U. DID THIS.) ASK THE FBI & CIA ..IF THEY WILL TELL
YOU THE TRUTH. THE FBI AND CIA PEOPLE ARE KILLING AMERICA.
THANKS TO YOU ( YOU ) ARE THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR THE LEFT, ETC,
EVIL PEOPLE.
WHAT I AM ASKING IS FOR AMAC TO FIND OUT ( THE REAL ) TRUTH. REPORT IT..
SO, DON’T GIVE ME THE CHINA JUNK. OXFORD U. UK ALL READY THAT TIS IS
IMPOSSIBLE. ( NO BATS OR WHATEVER IN THE WET MARKET.) AND IT WAS NOT
MADE IT THE CHINA LABS.. HELLO HARVARD U. GO TO THE OXFORD FILE.

JUDE
5 months ago

I think it’s about time the United States of America and many other countries around the world affected by the coronavirus unleashed by China should cancel their debt owed to China and forget about paying anything back to them, and maybe then we can ALL JOIN TOGETHER AND BANKRUPT THE COUNTRY OF CHINA, AND DESERVEDLY SO!!!!

Bill on the Hill
5 months ago

Much of what has occurred these past (18 ) months or so has actually been with us for decades, truth be told, with the exception of the plandemic itself. The CCP virus was the key ingredient these left wing Marxist driven people needed to rapidly push their agenda forward from stealing the presidential election away from Trump & they also rigged the 2018 midterms as well & gaining control of the House…Our basic rights of practicing our religious freedoms in our houses of worship were STOPPED by overzealous politicians, i.e. governors in numerous states & this AMAC article is touching on this subject with regards to other Communist nations in the world, i.e. China with their punishing repression of ANY form of religion. Many governors did in fact consider ANY gatherings of worshippers as NON essential & violators subject to arrest which in fact did happen in many instances around the nation, places like CA, MI & WI really stand out with their draconian anti-religious laws enacted & enforced with zeal. We as a FREE people have been told by STATE authorities we CANNOT attend church but can enter any BIG BOX store to buy essentials…
We can enter establishments that sell cigarettes & alcohol but we cannot attend church services, even outside in numerous instances. Gov. Whitmer of MI even disallowed buying certain items in the BIG BOX stores & allowed the purchasing of other items in that same store… I call this power & lunacy running rampant as did so many others…The moral of the story here: Too much power, corrupts & look what it has got us in Washington, DC & all ( 3 ) branches of OUR government…
God bless America,
Bill on the Hill… :~)

Exposed
5 months ago

China just like the muslims are here to steal everything you have and kill you for exposing them!!!

Michael
5 months ago

Man created this Global Pandemic. But for the grace of God multitudes have been spared by His great MERCY kindness, and Agape love.
Our Father desires to wake up the sleeping giant we call the Church. The church at one time like Samson, but was lulled to sleep by the infiltration of worldly ideals to draw people. Instead it was robbed of its strength and became just a daily grind, waiting on its Lord to be Lord again.

Our Father has created His own Pandemic in some of His remnant. He knows it will spread Globally because it is not genetically modified truth but the uncompromised truth.

That when His kingdom suffers his saints know were our help comes from.

His children called to Him infected with a spiritual virus that will become the Pandemic of prayer crying out to wake up, repent, and fall to our knees in effectual fervent prayer around the world, making war on the floor like never before.

His genuine agape love that will shine through us will melt the hardest heart and the staunchest critics.
Chapter 13 LOVE.

Father do again one more time what you have done many times before, Send your word deep into the hearts of these last days Soldiers to hunker down pray and seek you with an intentional, effective inspired attitude of gratitude so we can say look what the Lord has done and rejoice forever more.

Will we be infected, as directed?

HocasPocas
5 months ago

If they don’t fear God now, they will on the great day of judgment

Max
5 months ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

On the great day of JUDGEMENT (the great White Throne of God) it will be too late. People need to repent long before this event.

Ed
5 months ago

Well, here we are. Covidism for more than a year, DC corruption for many years, now, we know what they did and are doing, we even know their names ……….and here we are, 300 million plus, just sitting here.

Karen
5 months ago

Keep talking to the Man upstairs. Also, keep the faith.

Ed
5 months ago
Reply to  Karen

Have the feeling the Lord is watching us. I think he’s hoping we all will repent and clean up our act. The world is wallowing in sin. I’m afraid our Lord will be disappointed. He IS coming back and He WILL cleanse everything.

5 months ago
Reply to  Ed

Pleasantly surprised at quality of news. Truthful to what is happening with Covid and the push to get Trump out. Disgusting current “administration” stolen election!

JUDE
5 months ago
Reply to  Ed

Yes…HE is going to return in his own time and he is watching us and will judge us, and he will return as the lion (not the lamb) and we are so deserving of it! To those of faith, keep praying and worshipping him in your own way or your churches’ way. To those of you who do not have faith and who do not worship God, you’re in for a rude awakening! I beg you to change your attitude and come to know HIM!

Max
5 months ago
Reply to  JUDE

AMEN.

Max
5 months ago
Reply to  Ed

The Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, and the angels are always watching over the children. He is disappointed with our choices but gives us the chance to repent and become one with him through Lord Jesus. HE WILL BE RETURNING SOON so as stated, KEEP THE FAITH>

Hal
5 months ago

Hidin’ Joe Biden … otherwise know as the “China sin drone” of USA politics. He is the most dangerous element of National governance at present, although Nosee Pillowsea and Camela Hairash are strong competitors for second place. I can only hope that when America goes to the poles in near future times they avoid DemocRats like the plague (a real plague, not an exaggerated Corona Virus type plague).

EliasJade
5 months ago

We have no one to blame but ourselves. Too busy to get involved while the radical left has been infiltrating socialistic ideology in our universities, culture for decades and all it took for the walls to collapse was 8 years of Obama/Biden transformation efforts to the loss of a warrior for our Republic (Trump) who was vilified by the Left and aided by mainstream news media and big tech because he was blustery us, I woke and not politically correct but who enacted policies and actions that made our country strong and prosperous again and then an election loss to the OBiden basement run campaign and pretense of a moderate candidate who pledged to unify people and the country but actually is a Trojan horse for Socialism, open borders, high taxation and huge spending budgets that will cripple our country with regard to saving the Republic once under God but now under threat of radical Left’s socialistic agenda. Moderates in both Parties must rise up to oppose this attack on our country by any means necessary with extreme prejudice for against the socialistic autocracy that has advancing this ideology for years and we let this happen so now if we don’t get our party

gin
5 months ago

We are fast approaching the end of the age. So many predictions in the bible have already come true. There are way too many to list, but the behavior of people described in second Timothy chapter three verses one through five is pretty obvious. Also the surrounding of Israel by enemy countries. It also says the true religion will be hard to find in that time. I believe it’s talking about the seven years of tribulation, but with the religious persecution, it’s pushing in that direction. Anyone interested in more information should check David Jeremiah’s turning point site which has a load of items about current and soon to be times.

Max
5 months ago
Reply to  gin

Indeed the end times are approaching, the Islamic religion has now surpassed Christianity as the leading religion of the world. One must convert and/or pay heavy taxes to survive or be beheaded. A good book to read that explains this situation is “God’s War on Terror” by Walid Shoebat (ex-terrorist) and Joel Richardson (Middle East expert). The book is very enlightening.

Larry W.
5 months ago

This is the real “hope and change” that Obama talked about, people putting their HOPE in the government so the government can CHANGE you into what THEY want you to be.
This radical ideology will not recognize any other opinions than their own. If you disagree they will ruin you however possible. They think they know what is best for you. Listen to their catch phrases that trick the masses into following them. “grow the middle class” , “improve education”, “save the planet”, “equality act”, tax the wealthy” , “gun laws”, “diversity”. The Affordable care act” the new green deal” The American people do not read the details. Wake up America, Shame on you for trusting them. Shame on the media for not disclosing all the facts. Look at the new “infrastructure” bill. Sounds good, but it’s Big money for the socialist programs and global warming and a few dollars for roads.

Sally Easton-Humphries
5 months ago
Reply to  Larry W.

Good response, Larry! Media and Twitter and FB and others complicit in interfering in 2020 election and now trying to do the same in 2022-24 by covering for Biden/Harris corrupt regime trying to force socialism, tyranny on US — letting criminals, terrorists into US through Southern Border, They want to destroy American Democracy and silence people who don’t tow the line! That’s US. We all need to stand together — we have the power, we have the numbers, we have the voices !– let us be heard and seen — evil flourishes when good people do nothing!

afran
5 months ago
Reply to  Larry W.

Let’s not forget Obama’s dream of: “fundamental transformation” being carried out by his choice for Vice-President, Kamala Harris and his pal/sycophant President Joe Biden.to turn America into a third world country.

Trudi
5 months ago
Reply to  afran

Is America so ignorant as not to realize that Obama is really the hidden president not Biden? All the people Obama had working for him are now back working with Biden. Think about it my Americans!

Brenda Blunt
5 months ago

Let USA return to being the greatest country God made.

Bohdan
5 months ago

How much is enough?

Jerry Blevins
5 months ago

The Communist Party has become ever more intolerant not only of other country’s but here in America. We fought Communist in Korea and Viet Nam and now we are letting them take over the USA, what the hell are people thinking of?????
 

PaulE
5 months ago
Reply to  Jerry Blevins

They’re NOT thinking. You answered your own question, as least as it relates to our side of the political spectrum. Our side is basically cowering in the fetal position as the American socialist / communist movement and their allies are doing EXACTLY what they’ve been promising they would do numerous times over the last few years as they “transform the United States”. This is what the transformation process looks like and their not even moving at full speed yet.

When people on our side are unwilling to stand up and defend their rights and freedoms from those that would happily strip them all away, if given the opportunity which our collective inaction has provided them, then you get EXACTLY what is occurring right now.

If you’re expecting tolerance from either socialism or communism, then you’re blissfully ignorant of what socialism and communism is really all about. It is about subjugation of the masses to the state (government).

Last edited 5 months ago by PaulE
Sally Easton-Humphries
5 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Let’s Get Together — All of us! I am willing to go to the front lines, peacefully protest, anything — to show the power of the Conservative, America First movement. We need a massive showing in DC to show our loyalty to the Flag, Constitution, Freedom! Let’s sent an agenda — I am on board!

PATRICIA CAETTO
5 months ago

Should be known OBAMA is a beautiful g part of America changes unfortunately we the people didn’t see it coming nor did the fake news let anyone in on it except the DEMONCRAT RADIACAL

CPOBill
5 months ago

Effing chink “leaders” and they will own us too through biden if we don’t boot his senile ass.

Gary Richardson
5 months ago

democRATS working with the chinese got together and used this virus to create the problems we have now. we also need to look within the traitors in the democRAT party and its minions and start arresting them and hold them for trails followed ny jail time and execution, its time

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