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HK's religious oppression during COVID-19

Updated: Mar 19, 2021

HK people under current novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 'social gathering' regulations - limiting no more than 4 persons to gather - means that HK people are unable to meet in public places including in their places of religious practice and worship.

Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) has made it clear that they intend to control religion in HK as it does in China!

CCP's Emperor Xi Jinping is trying to become a living God which will empower him to takeover the world : It is a serious concern that CCP is a nuclear armed, significantly militarized religious cult!

Student leader Joshua Wong is a Christian : his father is a well know Christian activist.

The 9 June 2019 peaceful mass protest of more than 1million HK people marked the start of the anti-extradition protest movement which continued each weekend until street protests stopped because of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes COVID-19.

For now we will assume that SARS-CoV-2 was a coincidental act of God i.e. that it was not a deliberate CCP release of a CCP laboratory created coronavirus.

The first cases in HK of COVID-19 were from China detected on 22 January 2020.

We reference key details here from Wikipedia:

On 25 March [2020], Hong Kong closed its border to all incoming non-residents arriving from overseas. Transiting through Hong Kong was no longer allowed either. All returning residents, regardless of point of departure, were subject to the Compulsory Quarantine Order, which required all to stay at a reported quarantine premise (either home or hotel) for 14 days. Tracking devices were employed to enforce the order. All returning residents from the United States, the UK, and continental Europe were required to go through enhanced screening and submit a saliva sample for COVID-19 testing.

On 27 March of 2020, HK Chief Executive Carrie Lam ('CLam') banned indoor and outdoor public gatherings of more than four people, for 14 days starting from 29 March. However, her regulation contravenes the W.H.O. IHR treaty (International Health Regulations) because it does not ensure our ICCPR human rights. Other regulations enacted, which took effect at the same time, included requiring restaurants to operate at half their capacity and to set tables at least 1.5 meters apart.

While it is commendable for CLam to take action against the rising pandemic, those measures taken must be based on science and international law, backed up by rational and logical justification that befits the HK context. We must report that there is ample evidence that her decisions are neither scientific nor justified in their scope, and are clearly intended to suppress both voices of dissent, and any attempts by religious groups, unionists, and political activists to meet or organise themselves.

Under the UN international treaty the Joint Declaration and ICCPR HK people have human rights to choose and practice a religion.

The start of HK's religious and of all other forms of oppression of HK people was CLam's 27 March 2020 COVID-19 social gathering regulation : the kicker was the NPC propogated 1 July 2020 'national security law'.

It was on Sunday 20 October 2019 during a peaceful protest held in Tsim Sha Tsui that a HK police water cannon deliberately stopped and targetted for spraying both the Kowloon Mosque and innocent bystanders. This is desecration of a place of worship, the Muslim faith and discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities and the Press.

Today Churches in HK, like peaceful protests, are unable to meet because all 'large' gatherings of more than 4 persons are prohibited : yet strangely HK people are in close contact in public transport and in many instances are working with more than 3 other people! Police and HK government are permitted to gather in large numbers while the public is prohibited from doing so. HK people are being oppressed by CCP's and HK government's regulations and the city can accurately be described as a Police state.

Fully vaccinated members of the public are currently not allowed to gather in more than 4 persons.

HK is being oppressed through COVID-19. Instead of planning and executing an 'international standard' vaccination program CLam has instead chosen {or been directed?} to use a low tech, low efficacy China-made vaccine. With its high number of health exceptions for age group 18-59 years old SinoVac 'CoronaVac' will only result in HK being rated inferior or 'less safe' to other international cities.

After being elected as Chief Executive, CLam is on record saying that she ran for the city’s top job in response to a call from God. Sociopath CLam claims she is a Catholic : her acts of oppression of HK people indicate that she has no moral nor ethical fiber whatsoever!

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‘No Freedom Of Expression’ For Hong Kong Catholic Church Under Pressure From Beijing, Says Former Bishop

Christianity Daily 1 January 2021

As mainland China continues its crackdown on Christian churches, it has not overlooked the churches in Hong Kong, which are now experiencing "intense pressure" from the Chinese Communist Party.

A recent report from Reuters reveals that China seeks to control the Catholic church in Hong Kong to silence pro-democracy voices within it. One way it wants to do this is by appointing the next bishop for the city.

Some clergy members said China wants to use in Hong Kong an agreement it has with the Holy See that gives it an influence in choosing prelates. However, Vatican officials claimed the agreement excluded Hong Kong because the city was semi-autonomous from the mainland.

Hong Kong hasn't had a bishop since Michael Yeung died in January 2019. The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples appointed Cardinal John Tong as the diocese's Apostolic Administrator in the absence of a bishop.

Four people, who refused to be identified, told Reuters that the cardinal has been restraining pro-democracy voices within the Catholic church by telling the priests to refrain from political sermons and from using words that cause "social disorder."

The sources also said Tong targeted the diocese's Justice and Peace Commission, which upholds religious liberty. In October, his curia censored the commission's statement on the relations between China and the Vatican. The curia deleted a reference to Bishop James Su Zhimin of Baoding, Hebei province, who was arrested 36 years ago and was never seen again.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, former Bishop of Hong Kong, said the Catholic church in the city no longer enjoys its freedom of speech.

"We are at the bottom of the pit - there is no freedom of expression anymore," the cardinal said. "All these things are normal in mainland China. We are becoming like any other city in China."

He added that authorities in Hong Kong can now accuse anyone from the church of "offending the National Security Law" for saying "any word," something that the office of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam contradicts by saying religious liberty is protected in the city.

An unofficial, low-profile diplomatic mission of the Vatican in Kowloon is also under attack. In May, authorities arrested two nuns who worked there when the nuns went to Hebei province for a visit.

The nuns were detained for three weeks, after which they were put under house arrest. Authorities have prohibited them from going out of the mainland. They were not given any formal charge.

Nuns in the mainland are usually left alone, which is why Hong Kong clerics believe the arrest of the two nuns is an indication that CCP doesn't want the continued presence of the Vatican's diplomatic mission in the city.

Despite this, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the existence of such a diplomatic mission.

"As far as we know, the Vatican has not set up any official representative institution in Hong Kong," the ministry said in a statement.

Authorities have also targeted the evangelical churches in Hong Kong. In December last year, police raided the Good Neighbor North District Church's Kwun Tong and Fanling branches because it allegedly falsely declared the amount they raised from their crowd funding campaigns.

The raid was conducted after HSBC froze the church's account and the accounts of its pastor and his wife. The police reportedly ordered HSBC to freeze the said accounts. The Good Neighbor North District Church is known to have supported pro-democracy protesters in 2019.

Evangelical Christians in Hong Kong are preparing for the worst, according to a recent report from the International Christian Concern. Hong Kong Christian churches are also struggling against division, with some being pro-democracy and others being pro-Beijing.

Hong Kong Christians Prepare for Possible Persecution from China

CBN 25 January 2021 by George Thomas

American pastor Butch Tanner says Hong Kong has changed dramatically in the few years he's been here.

"Hong Kong, as Hongkongers see it, is a totally different place than it was two years ago," Tanner told CBN News during an interview.

Tanner moved to Hong Kong from Texas in 2017 to lead Kowloon International Baptist Church.

Then in June 2019, anti-government protests erupted over a controversial extradition law, plunging the city into months of chaos and bloodshed.

Tanner's church became a place for healing.

"We would have, actually, police officers plus have protesters that would gather in our building and pray together and sing together," Tanner said.

The protests have since died down, but fear now looms over the city's future as China's grip on Hong Kong tightens six months after imposing a sweeping new national security law.

"We have a lot of fear in Hong Kong, among the people, there's a lot of fear that things are not going to settle down or be anywhere near the normal that they used to be," Tanner observed. And that fear is being realized.

On January 6th, more than 1,000 Hong Kong police officers raided 73 different locations across the city, arresting 53 politicians, pro-democracy leaders, human rights activists, and others.

Lam Cheuk-ting was one of the lawmakers arrested. He captured the moment police barged into his home.

"You are suspected of violating the national security law, subverting state power," a Hong Kong police officer told Lam as he forced his way past the door.

Chris Patten, Hong Kong's last governor, says what's happening in the city is nothing short of China's "brutal destruction of a free society".

"This a further turning of the screw in Hong Kong. A further attempt to destroy the freedoms of a city which has thrived under the rule of law," Patten said during an interview.

Also arrested, John Clancey, an American priest turned lawyer, who now faces prison for challenging China's authoritarian rule over the city.

"My approach has been you live according to your conscience, you live according to your principles, you live according to the people you're working with, and you keep going forward," said Clancey, who is the first American and foreigner charged under Hong Kong's new national security law.

"Even in the darkest days, I think it's very important to maintain hope," Clancey added soon after being released on bail.

Authorities have also rounded up Christians, including Joshua Wong, a prominent activist seen in [many] a picture entering prison in early December.

Later that month, two Catholic nuns were also arrested.

"If they think they can lock up the idea of freedom and democracy forever, they're kidding themselves," Patten said. "The truth is they're absolutely terrified of what liberal democracy stands for."

Reports estimate more than 300 thousand Hongkongers are planning to flee the city in the coming months.

Lap Yan Kung, who teaches at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, told CBN News that several pastors have already left, while others have gone underground.

"The government, as well as the police, use all kinds of means to use this law to persecute the pastors as well as the people, " Kung said.

Beijing defended the mass arrests, despite calls for their release by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"No one has any privileges outside the law," argued Hua Chunying, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson. "The law must be followed and anyone who violates the law must be held to account."

Anthony Blinken, President Biden's [at that time] nominee for Secretary of State, calls the arrests "an assault on those bravely advocating for universal rights", adding that a Biden administration would "stand with the people of Hong Kong and against Beijing's crackdown on democracy."

Once a freewheeling city, Hong Kong is now witnessing dramatic transformation on all levels.

China's President Xi Jinping has moved in recent months to reshape schools, the media, legislature, and the courts with more changes on the way.

"The leadership in schools are changing, schools that have never had any communist connection before, are having communist leaders come in and replace positions," Tanner told CBN News. "Textbooks are being changed, what is allowed to be taught is being changed."

Christians fear Hong Kong is becoming like any other city in mainland China and that religious regulations there combined with the new security law, will soon apply to them--making it almost impossible to practice their faith.

"A kind of self-censorship is emerging among the people in Hong Kong and many of us are very cautious about what we can say," said Kung.

Chinese Christians currently experience some of the harshest government persecution ever witnessed.

Christians here are also preparing for the same.

"We have learned a lot from the Christian churches in China in the last 70 years, they suffered quite a lot, so maybe this is also a time that we also learned something from our brothers and sisters in China," Kung said.

Still, a division exists between Christians who support Beijing's rule and those who don't.

Ricky Wong, a former Hong Kong police officer, pastors Trinity Theology Baptist Church. He supports Beijing and says the new law will not curtail religious freedom in the city.

"For me, I'm quite positive about this new law and also I think we have to just pray and look upon Jesus," pastor Wong told CBN News.

Others like Dr. Hugo Chan, a leader with the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship, say despite potential restrictions, the gospel of Jesus Christ will go forward.

"Yes, we have a lot of confusion and a lot of polarization going on but ultimately, even in China, I believe the Kingdom will prevail because this is unchangeable," Chan said.

Most churches in Hong Kong have gone virtual since the pandemic. Pastor Tanner's are meeting in small home groups.

"We'll continue to lead our people to focus on Jesus, lead our people to bring light to the darkness and hope in the middle of the brokenness," Tanner said.

Tanner says he plans to continue boldly proclaiming a message of love---come what may.

"What we look at and what we prepare for is the fact that whatever happens, we need to present Jesus, if that includes suffering, yes," Tanner told CBN News.

"If that includes being exiled, yes, whatever it includes, we want to honor Jesus with whatever we do, however, we live, however, we react," Tanner added.

Hong Kong memorabilia from 2019

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