Reports from China indicate that slaves who make many of our products are victims of torture, rape, forced abortions and sterilizations, organ harvesting, and summary execution. These include religious products: rosaries, crosses, inspirational plaques with Bible verses. Your refrigerator magnet that says, “The Truth Shall Set You Free”? It might well have made by a man or woman in chains.
As a Christian, I am appalled that so many articles I find in church-run book stores are made in China. The home of hundreds of concentration camps and a 21st-Century genocide should not be getting rich off believers.
China: Enemy of Believers
Most of us know that the Chinese government bans free churches and persecutes Christian believers. That has gone on since Mao Zedong took power in 1948. Stream writer John Zmirak has explained here how Pope Francis’ deal with China has made that persecution not better, but worse.
In recent years, the Chinese government has also carried out a terror campaign against the indigenous Uyghur and Turkic Muslim populations in East Turkistan (renamed Xinjiang) in Northwestern China. The United States, Canada, and The Netherlands have officially designated these actions by the Chinese Government a genocide.
Experts report that more than 1- 3 million Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples are currently held in concentration camps throughout the occupied Uyghur homeland and other parts of China. They face rape, sexual and physical violence, torture, organ harvesting, and summary execution.