Tough Times for Jesus in Xinjiang – Michael Manning

Xinjiang Christians

The Opposite End of China offers a tough, if slightly flippant, read on yesterday’s report that the Chinese government recently shut down two Christian-run businesses in Xinjiang on grounds they were fronts for missionary work. The post focuses on the fate of the Xinjiang Pacific Agricultural Resources Development Company, one of the targeted firms:

Of course, the foreigners who ran this company are probably already back at home in Louisiana or Texas or Missouri giving speeches at the local church about the devil in Xinjiang. Pity the poor Uyghur fellow targeted in this document whose testicles are probably attached to electric wires at this very moment:

“With tips from some people, our bureau has conducted investigations and has confirmed the following facts on Alimujiang Yimiti (male, of Uyghur ethnicity, resident of Hami, Identification card No. 650104197306104712, current general agent of Xinjiang Jiaerhao Foodstuff Company Limited and head of its branch in Kashi). He is in charge of managing the fruit garden funded by the company located at Boyakeqigele Village, Hannanlike Township, Shule County. Since 2002, Alimujiang Yimiti has been engaging in illegal religious infiltration activities in Kashi region in the name of doing company business and preached Christianity among people of Uyghur ethnicity. He distributed religious propaganda materials and converted people to Christianity.

This notification is hereby delivered: Alimujiang Yimiti must immediately stop the illegal religious activities and receive actions taken by relevant departments.” [Full Text]

Good luck, Ali. Where are those people that first handed you the Bible now that you really need salvation?

Manning also provides a link to the section of Chinese law that prohibits ministering to ethnic minorities.

[Image from Opposite End of China]


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