JW 'banned' in China

by isaacaustin 17 Replies latest watchtower bible

  • isaacaustin

    I have been told by a friend that the Witnesses are banned in China. Is this true and what are the details? Is i sbanned or is it simply a tax exempt status issue?

  • leavingwt

    Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought they've always been underground in China.

    China is never listed in their yearly report.

  • sacolton

    Isn't China opposed to all Christian religions? This is not suggesting that JWs are Christian in any way.

  • sir82

    China always falls into the "other countries where the work is banned and reports are incomplete" section of the yearbook's report.

    Between China and the stricter Muslim-dominated countries, there's a few billion people who have very likely never even seen a JW, let alone heard their message.

  • Goshawk

    China (Mainland) is a information control model. Any source of information they can't control is forbidden.

    Remind you of anything?

  • isaacaustin

    oh, all Christian religions are banned in CHina?

  • blondie
  • GermanXJW

    I have heard they could be legal if they called themselves "JW of China" and were independant from Brooklyn.

  • oompa

    it used to be that no bibles were even allowed into the country......not sure now.........oompa

  • RubaDub
    they could be legal if they called themselves "JW of China"

    Yes German ...

    As long as they insist on the "Made in Brooklyn" tag sewed in the collar, they won't make it in China.

    Rub a Dub

  • WTWizard

    Now, if they would ban all religion. At least they should ban it within the offices of government--and teach the people to be atheists. That way, everyone would contribute to the economy instead of church.

  • AuntBee

    There are 2 forms of Christian churches in China. There are "government" churches, and those are out in the open. Then there are the underground churches, the "house" churches. In theory, they are not allowed to exist; they are against the law. Those identified as pastors or elders in the house churches are often at risk for being apprehended or jailed. I don't know what the latest estimate is, but the numbers in the house churches are HUGE, and still growing. -- There are still CHristian missionaries in China, but they are very covert and usually come in the guise of being students or employees.

  • steve2

    I don't know whether JWs have been specifically singled out for banning in China or just lumped together with sundry missionary-minded groups. However, there has been lots of publicity by one religious group that claims it has been singled out for persecutionin China: Fallon Gong. This group has adherents in New Zealand who periodically protest outside the Chinese embassy in our capital city, Wellington, handing out leaflets detailing alleged imprisonment and torture of members of Fallong Gong in China. Some have sought refugee status in countires such as Australia and New Zealand on the basis of their religious beliefs.

  • reniaa

    bible student

    are you truly saying that being in danger under threat of death preaching the message of the bible in china is a good thing for JWs? your unloving words from probably a very comfy safe seat at home far from places were people are risking their lifes to preach God's words show me clearly were your heart belongs!


  • isaacaustin

    Umm, Reniaa you mean preaching the Wt gospel. Rissking one's life for that is certainly nothing noble.

  • carla

    risking their lifes to preach God's words-- jw's preaching God's word? when did this start? has there been new light?

  • blondie

    For those who think jws are the only ones persecuted for their religious beliefs (and this everyone, not just Christians), read this website which keeps up to date on the news in this area.


  • jeeprube
    far from places were people are risking their lifes to preach God's words show me clearly were your heart belongs!

    Does your empathy apply to ALL religious individuals in China risking their lives to preach their faith, or just to the JW adherrants? If it's just to the JW's, then your outrage is empty.

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