The Christian Science Monitor

China’s faithful, under siege, can shine a light

Compromise or confront?

For decades, followers of the various religions in China have often felt a need to make such a choice whenever their beliefs or worship were oppressed by the ruling Communist Party.

In the past two years, following a few decades of leniency by the party, that oppression has grown worse. Hundreds of churches have been destroyed. Mosques have been altered. A famous Buddhist monastery was forced to fly the national flag.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor2 min readPsychology
Why The SAT Needs A Character Check
A new scoring metric by the College Board will help the admission of more disadvantaged applicants by highlighting those who defy their social or economic hardships.
The Christian Science Monitor6 min readPolitics
Mideast Peace Plan’s Rocky Start: Did US Misread Arab Politics?
The Palestinians have rejected an invitation to an economic conference in Bahrain. That bodes ill for Trump’s Mideast peace plan.
The Christian Science Monitor2 min read
Top Picks: Shuri’s Debut, Vampire Weekend’s Latest, And More
Critic Candace McDuffie on the ‘Avengers’ spinoff comic featuring Shuri from ‘Black Panther,’ Vampire Weekend’s album ‘Father of the Bride,’ and more.