The James Hartline Report Action Center
February 25, 2008
~ Action Alert ~
"The Chinese People, Shackled in Chains, Welcome the Olympics!"
~ Chinese Blogger & Poet Guo Weidong ~
The U.S. Olympic Team Prepares to Go For the Gold in Beijing as
China's Brutal Communist Government Forces Mothers to Get Abortions,
and Political Prisoners Are Executed So That Their Organs Can Be
Harvested and Sold on the Black Market to Wealthy Elites.
Chinese House Churches are Bulldozed, Religious Leaders are Imprisoned,
and Political Dissidents are Tortured as America Honors China by Sending
The U. S. Olympic Team to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Will American Christians Stand Up To China's Evil Red Dragon?
Meng Shulan's fearful and sleepy eyes abruptly pop open as she hears the agonizing screams pierce through the cold and merciless winter night. The tormenting screams are a painful reminder that Meng Shulan will never find a complete night of rest in her homeland of China as long as the brutal Communist regime in Beijing is allowed to continue its murderous reign of terror. The screams belong to Meng's friend, Zhou Chenxiu. Once again Zhou is being beaten by the local police because she will not reveal the source of the Gospel literature that she distributes in the country town of Moding.
Meng Shulan buries her dreams and her face into her dirty, well-worn pillow. No matter how much she attempts to muffle the sound of her beloved Christian friend screaming in response to the police brutality, Meng knows that the beatings will never stop because Zhou Chenxiu will never tell the state police where she obtains her Bibles and Gospel literature.
Shuang Shuying, a neighbor of Meng Shulan, hears the screams as well. Shuang, a 33 year-old mother of one son, stares silently at the dirt floor in her two room house. As she slowly rocks herself back and forth, Shuang holds back great tears of grief. Her tears trickle down her face as she hears the tormenting sounds of Zhou Chenxiu crying out after each slap in her face and after each punch in her stomach.
Shuang Shuying has much to cry over. It is still painful for her to recall the day, ten years ago, when the medical police broke into her tiny home and drug her away to the abortion clinic. She will never forget the day that she was tied down on the cold, stainless steel table and her precious five month-old baby ripped from her womb. Shuang Shuying is one of the millions of Chinese women who have been victimized under Chinese law which bans any woman from having more than one child.
The Chinese government's forced abortion law is strictly carried out in China against any woman who refuses to willingly abort her pregnancy after the woman has already had her first child. This is the cruel legalization of rape by the murderous Communist regime that has ruled China for nearly sixty years. This is also the same murderous Chinese government that was given the right to hold the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
The Communist Madmen of China have been well-rewarded for their heinous crimes. In an incredible act of hypocrisy and cruelty, United States President George W. Bush has agreed to attend the Olympics in Beijing. According to the New York Times, President Bush said on September 6, 2007 that he has accepted an invitation from President Hu Jintao of China to attend the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing, a move that is likely to inflame China’s critics, who are calling for a boycott of the games to protest human rights abuses in that country.
Back in Moding, Meng Shulan is now silent. The beating has stopped for the night and she is returned to her prison cell in the Moding Province labor camp. The labor camps are always busy. Nearly 100 million Chinese Christians live with the possiblity of being taken to one of the Chinese labor camps where they will be beaten, tortured, and deprived of basic human dignity. Their crimes: attending Christian services at one of China's secret house churches or distributing Bibles and Gospel literature.
There are other vile crimes being committed against the oppressed citizens of China by their demonic communist dictators. Yes, many, many other evil crimes. NewsMax reported on December 15, 2004 about the horrific infanticide and forced abortion crimes being perpetrated by the Communist dictators in China. According to NewsMax, the U.S. State Department reported that despite some changes, China's one-child family planning program remains a source of coercion, forced abortions, infanticide and perilously imbalanced boy-girl ratios. Testimony before the House International Relations Committee focused on a Shanghai woman who, since her second pregnancy in the late 1980s, has been assigned to psychiatric wards, coerced into an abortion, and removed from her job. She is reportedly subject to torture in a labor camp. "Mao Hengfeng," said Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., "is the most egregious example of China's mistreatment of women who do not comply with China's draconian policies, but there are thousands of other victims."
"The one-child policy is the most pervasive source of human-rights violations in China today," said Harry Wu, a human- rights activist who spent 19 years in the Chinese labor camp system. Wu cited a 2003 document from an area of southern Guangdong Province where party secretaries and village heads were told their salaries would be cut in half if, in a 35-day period, they did not reach a goal of sterilizing 1,369 people, fitting 818 with IUDs and carrying out 163 abortions.
While the murderous leaders of Communist China are authorizing a demonic reign of terror against the millions of defenseless citizens of China, there may be one crime that will be committed against the Chinese people in August, 2008 that will be worse than anything they have yet to experience. That crime will be the refusal of America's Olympic athletes to speak out against the murderous crimes being inflicted upon the wonderful Chinese people by their brutal Communist dictators.
U.S. Olympic athletes are now lifting weights, running laps, taking their vitamins and eating plenty of nutritious meals in preparation for the Beijing Olympics. At the same time that U. S. athletes are living in unequaled freedom, Chinese political dissidents like Hu Jia, 34, and his wife, Zeng Jinyan, are being abused, imprisoned and silenced as part of the Chinese Communist regime's oppressive pre-olympic steps.
According to the International Herald Tribune, human rights advocates and Chinese dissidents say that Hu's detention is the most telling example of what they describe as a broadening crackdown on dissent as Beijing prepares to stage the Olympic Games in August. In recent months, several dissidents have been jailed, including a former factory worker in northeastern China who collected 10,000 signatures after posting an online petition titled "We Want Human Rights, Not the Olympics."
"This is a coordinated cleansing campaign," said Teng Biao, a legal expert who has known Hu since 2006. "All the troublemakers — including potential troublemakers — are being silenced before the Olympic Games."
There was a time in America, when the U. S. government had the courage to stand up to oppressive regimes like the Chinese government. There was once a national American front that said NO to the evils of Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini. Today, powerful corporate interests are working through the U. S. government to make trade deals with the dictators in Beijing. Yesterday's great American honor has been exchanged for today's corporate greed.
There is no difference between the slave traders that once controlled U. S. plantations and the Chinese factories that manufacture the billions of dollars worth of goods sold in America's shopping malls. There is no difference between the Apartheid regime that once controlled South Africa and the murderous regime that killed 10,000 Chinese students in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
America's civil rights advocates once spoke out boldly against the world's atrocities. Today those same civil rights advocates are either working for Corporate America or playing politics for financial gain. In fact, many of yesterday's powerful voices for freedom will have their eyes glued to their television screens during the Olympics and their mouths shut as they refuse to speak out against the venemous crimes of Beijing's cruel Communist dictators.
There are many U. S. Olympic Athletes who call themselves Christians. As they win their events in Beijing, they will move aside the heavy gold crosses hanging around their muscular necks to make room for their gold medals. As they are interviewed by network sportscasters, they will wipe sweat from their brows and declare, "I want to thank God, my mother and all of my fans for my great victory today." Will these same Christian U. S. Olympians actually demonstrate their commitment to Christ by calling on the Communist dictatorship in Beijing to let religious freedom ring in China? While the television cameras are rolling and the world's audience is watching, will these Christian gold medal winners give back their Olympic medals in protest of the murderous governmental mobsters that control Communist China?
Indeed, will U.S. athletes be bold enough to boycott the Beijing Olympics? Will these same Christian athletes prove their faith is more than just a feel-good syrupy Joel Osteen sermon by actually bringing Bibles into China where they are so desperately needed....and wanted by the 100 million Chinese Christians who are currently banned from owning a Bible?
While America's Christian athletes will be practicing and racing in Nike shoes made in China and reading Bibles printed at China's Zondervan factory, few, if any, will consider the horrific conditions their fellow Christians in China are enduring. Take the following recent case being reported by China Aid, a watch dog organization that monitors the evil crimes being committed against Chinese Christians at the hands of their Communist government persecutors:
MORE THAN 40 MEMBERS OF CHINESE HOUSE CHURCH ALLIANCE DETAINED
IN INNER MONGOLIA; SOUTH KOREAN MINISTER ALSO MISSING
Xilinhaote City, Inner Mongolia -- China Aid has learned that the President of the Inner Mongolia Branch of the Chinese House church Alliance, Wang Dawei, was detained along with more than 40 co-workers on Wednesday, February 20, 2008. The leaders were in the 3rd day of Bible study when more than 100 Police officers from the State Security Bureau and members of the Religious Affairs bureau disrupted the meeting and detained the ministers. Police officials also confiscated the offering collection and more than 30 boxes of Bibles and other Christian literature. Security Bureau members then searched the personal residence of Wang Dawei later on in the afternoon. The leader of the meeting, a South Korean minister, was also detained during the incident, his whereabouts remain unknown.
The intensity of persecution amongst members of the Chinese House Church Alliance continues to increase as the Beijing Olympics draw near.
American athletes, some wealthy, some students, are all determined to go to Beijing to earn a gold medal necklace and a million dollar endorsement contract should they win their respective events. While U. S. athletes are eating well, getting their massages and garnering the adulation of their U. S. fans and supporters, Chinese citizens will be beaten, tortured, starved and imprisoned.
Bill Getz of the Washington Times reavealed in his March 24, 2006 expose that a hellish industry exists in China where human organs are being harvested for sale. According to Getz, a Chinese journalist has uncovered a secret detention center in northern China that is being used by a hospital to harvest human organs for sale to domestic and international buyers.
Jin Zhong, a pseudonym for the journalist who fled China recently, also said in an interview that a failed Chinese intelligence operation led to the 2004 death of a Japanese diplomat who committed suicide rather than give up secrets. On the prisoner abuse, Mr. Jin said he first learned of the harvesting operation between October and December and that the prisoners used were members of the outlawed Falun Gong religious group.
"This is murder, and murder sponsored by a state," said Mr. Jin, who in the past has been a contributor to a Japanese news agency. "It must be stopped."
This is the environment that U. S. athletes will be competing in during the 2008 Olympics. This is the nation that President Bush will celebrate when he visits Beijing to root for Americans to go for the gold.
On a daily basis, Communist thugs roam the streets of Chinese cities looking for Christian house churches. Christians are regularly rounded up, beaten, tortured and imprisoned. Their crimes: holding church services, distributing Bibles and Christian-based literature. Bob Fu, director of the American-based organization China Aid, monitors the ongoing epidemic of religious persecution of Christians by the atheist communist government in China. Fu issued a press release on February 19, 2008 which reads:
21 Major House Church Leaders Sent to Labor Camp in Shandong at the Same Time. LINYI CITY, Shandong, Feb. 19 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the most massive persecution case since 1983, CAA learned 21 major house church leaders were sent to labor camp at the same time recently by Linyi City Re-education through the labor Commission. They were all detained on December 7, 2007 when they gathered together for leadership training with other 249 leaders in Hedong District, Linyi city, Shandong. After paying fines and finishing detention from a few days to a few weeks, 249 were released. The 21 most senior leaders were sentenced to 3 years to 1 year and three months. They were accused as "evil cult" members, an arbitrary charge to any non-registered house churches by the PSB. Among the 21 sentenced, 17 are men and 4 are women.
When the Communist dictators in China were bidding on the 2008 Olympics, the Chinese government promised to improve its heinous restrictions on religious freedoms in China. To this day, China has deceived the world and not delivered on its promises. There are more crackdowns on dissidents and Christians than ever before in China.
While President Bush and Democratic presidential contender Barak Obama will be attending church services this weekend, there will be no talk coming from the pulpits of their respective pastors about the vile torture being inflicted upon Christians in China. Much will be preached about the need for "change" in America and little will be said about the blood running in the streets of pre-olympic Beijing.
According to Prisoner Alert, a ministry of The Voice of the Martyrs, in July 2007, 42-year-old Li Mei and nine Chinese house church leaders were arrested, when they were discovered having a Sunday worship service. They were charged with singing Christian hymns to villagers, showing the JESUS film in a nursing home and praying for healing for a disabled elderly man. The nine were sentenced to "re-education" through labor for 12 to 18 months. Li Mei served part of her one-year sentence in a hospital with both hands chained to her bed. Repeated beatings and torture caused her to require a hysterectomy. She is currently serving the remainder of her sentence at home under house arrest.
On December 22, 2006, Pastor Wang Weiliang and seven other church leaders were sentenced from one year to three and one-half years in prison by the People‘s Court of Xiaoshan District, China. Four are in prison, four received suspended sentences. In prison, the men are forced to make clothing and shoes for export and prohibited from praying openly or reading the Bible. These leaders were arrested after thousands of PSB officers bulldozed their church building on July 29, 2006.
Since Pastor Weilang's arrest and imprisonment for being the leader of a house church, the United States government has continued to encourage even more trade with China. Time after time after time, the Bush administration has financially rewarded China despite its horrific record on human rights. Most Americans will take no notice of the "made in China" stickers attached to the products they buy. Most Americans will take no thought that their purchase of Chinese goods is empowering one of the most cruel dictatorships on the face of the Earth.
On February 7, 2008, Pastor Bob Fu, president of China Aid Association, was awarded the 2007 John Leland Religious Liberty Award at the Library of Congress. When accepting the award, Pastor Fu called on Christians to stand up for believers in China who face harassment, detentions and sometimes death because of their faith. Pastor Fu said, “From my own experience of being arbitrarily detained in a Chinese jail, and from the hundreds of documented cases of harassment, arbitrary detentions, seizing of property, torture and even the death of some of my Christian friends and former coworkers in China, I cannot stay silent for those who share our same faith, but not all our basic freedoms.”
While wealthy U.S. corporations will be sponsoring America's Olympic team, there is virtually no possibility that television giants like ABC, NBC, CBS and ESPN will focus on the atrocities being inflicted upon Chinese Christians in Communist state-run prisons that are within walking distance of the Olympic sports venues. Will America's television viewers hear about the following crime that occured in the Yunan Province on January 23, 2008:
YUNAN, China, Jan. 30 /Christian Newswire/ China Aid Association has learned that members of a House Church in Yunan Province were severely beaten by police officials on the morning of January 23. The incident occurred after two church members walked into the Xishan District's Public Security Bureau office to request an account of the items, including Bibles, that were taken from the church and burned by police officials in early December of 2007. After ignoring the members' request, officials proceeded to violently remove them from the office. One female church member 54-year- old Ms. Liang Guihua was thrown into a wall and rendered unconscious for more than 10 minutes.
~ Take Action~
What would you do if you were trapped in a nation where you were beaten every day for being a Christian? Helpless and hopeless, wouldn't you hope that someone, somewhere in the outside world, would stand up for you? Chinese Christians are defenseless against their evil persecutors? They are crying out for American Christians, who have been given so much prosperity and liberty, to rise up and make their stand for religious freedom in China.
San Diego Christians are critical to the current crisis in China. San Diego County plays a significant role in the battle over the rights of Chinese citizens during the upcoming 2008 Beijing Olympics. Chula Vista, California is located in the heart of San Diego County. Chula Vista is also home to the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The Training Center rests on a 150-acre complex adjacent to Lower Otay Lake in San Diego County. The center has sport venues and support facilities for nine Olympic sports: archery, canoe/kayak, cycling, field hockey, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, and track & field.
Many U. S. Olympic athletes who will be competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics are practicing at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Christians in San Diego, as well as every American citizen, must contact the U.S. Olympic team and demand that they issue a public statement that denounces the horrendous abuse of Chinese Christians by the Communist regime in Beijing. In addition, both the Chula Vista City Council and the San Diego City Council must issue declarations calling on the Communist regime in Beijing to release its religious prisoners and allow all Chinese citizens the right to practice their religion freely and without governmental intrusion or oppression.
This may be the finest hour of Christianity in American history. As we make our stand for our oppressed and abused brothers and sisters in China, we expect to hear the shouts of "We are Free! We Are Free!" reigning in every church in China and in every heart of every Christian in America!
U.S. Olympic Training Center
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Carlee Wolfe, Coordinator, Olympic University719-866-4837Carlee.Wolfe@usoc.org
Chula Vista Convention & Visitors Bureau
233 Fourth AvenueChula Vista, CA 91910(619) 426-2882 tel(619) 420-1269 firstname.lastname@example.org
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