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25 YEARS AFTER TIANANMEN SQUARE, RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN CHINA REMAINS ELUSIVE

This post originally appeared on CNN’s “Belief Blog“.

 

Early on the morning of November 28, 2007, Jia Weihan was forced to think the unthinkable: Was her father really a bad man?

 

At the time, she was an 11-year-old attending a school in Beijing that taught her to respect the communist authorities. When 30 or so police officers arrived to arrest her father, she did not know what to think.

 

As it turned out, her father, Shi Weihan, the pastor of a house church, was simply trying to live out his religious beliefs. That should be a fundamental right, but in China – even the more economically liberalized China – it’s not.

 

Twenty-five years after Tiananmen Square – where on June 4, 1989, Chinese soldiers turned their guns on protesting students and activists – freedom remains elusive.

 

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