A Voice of Reason: Sane Views for a Crazy World

April 2, 2007

Made in China – Remember What Your Dollar Does

Okay, this one may not be reasonable. If you are concerned with saving a dollar here or there, you will think that at least. However, if you value human rights, you will see this as being reasonable. One of the countries that I follow is China, and it is for many reasons. Although I do understand they have many problems, and have made some strides, these strides are in many ways a cover story to still do the same old thing, but put a different face on it.

Remember Chinese Policy:

Chairman Mao Zedong declared the Peoples Republic of China in 1949 and quickly sought to purge society of anything religious, causing China’s people to endure great hardship ever since. Mao’s Great Leap Forward in the late ‘50s and the Cultural Revolution in the ‘60s and ‘70s left millions of his countrymen dead or victimized. Today, with its policies of forced abortion and sterilization, China’s human rights record is one of the worst in the world. Authorities reportedly sell the organs of executed prisoners to meet the demand for transplants. Its system of “re-education through labor” detains hundreds of thousands each year in work camps without even a court hearing. China’s “strike-hard” policy, presented as a crackdown on criminals, is hardest on Christians, putting more believers in prison or under detention than in any other country. The confiscation of church property and Bibles continues—even Bibles officially printed by the government. Yet the Church grows: an estimated 3,000 Chinese come to Christ each day. China’s house church movement, which comprises approximately 90 percent of China’s Christians, endures unimaginable persecution.

Just one Case:

On December 22, 2006, Pastor Wang Weiliang and seven other church leaders were sentenced from one year to three and one-half years in prison by the People‘s Court of Xiaoshan District, China. Four are in prison, four received suspended sentences. In prison, the men are forced to make clothing and shoes for export and prohibited from praying openly or reading the Bible. These leaders were arrested after thousands of PSB officers bulldozed their church building on July 29, 2006.

Remember that when you buy Chinese products, they are typically made by prisoners, many of them political prisoners. A good number of these are imprisoned for their faith. Save the $1. It’s the American way.

Some more information:

For 20 years, the only national Christian publication in China has been “Tian Feng” (Heavenly Wind) published by the government-controlled Three Self Patriotic Movement and the China Christian Council. It is issued monthly and dutifully reflects the Communist Party policy on religion while studiously ignoring all reports of persecution. Yet over the past year, Chinese house church Christians have produced three issues of their new magazine, “The Way” (Daolu). Twenty thousand copies of each issue have been distributed free across China to house church leaders. Production and distribution are clandestine in view of the government’s ban on unregistered house church activities and all religious literature that has not been published under Three Self auspices. “The Way” promises to be an authentic voice of the church in China.

More about the “Enlightened New China:

The Chinese government has an ongoing, systematic campaign to expose and destroy unregistered Protestant churches in Hebei Province. The directive—the first one of its kind ever seen by the public–is a work plan order from the Public Security Bureau of Baoding to PSB sub-bureaus in all counties, cities and districts of Hebei Province. It instructs the bureaus to terminate “illegal Protestant activities.” The document describes the work plan as an effort to “embrace and create a sound and secure social environment in a concerted citywide action of the Communist Party Committee and the government in advance of the Communist Party’s 16th National Party Congress which was held last November. The plan was to crack down against illegal Protestant activities from August 20th to October 20th, 2002. The directive—dated August 20th, 2002—details the effort to “establish a secret force” to infiltrate unregistered church groups to gather in-depth intelligence against illegal Protestant church activities. Bureaus were directed to “set up full files; recognize influential people and illegal meeting places.” They received further instructions to clearly identify legal and illegal church activities in order to take action against those “which are organized by freelance missionaries, which are overseas infiltration; and prepare to terminate them.” One section of the work plan details the establishment of a government task force created to send supervisors to Public Security Bureaus in all counties, cities and districts to assure the implementation of compulsory measures against the Christians such as “subpoena penalty, ordered confessions” and “detention.” Bureaus are instructed to confiscate “illegal publicizing” materials used for evangelism and are told that “stubborn members,” believers refusing to “voluntarily obey regulations of the government” should be “severely punished.”

This directive is a smoking gun.

I urge all of you to contact your legislator and the USOC and IOC to protest US and other Western Democracies participation in the sham of the Olympics – which should symbolize the best of mankind – being celebrated in the viper pit of Beijing. I would urge you to contact your legislator to insist that US policy consider China’s horrific record of human rights abuse, not just towards Christians but to all people of faith, and any who would protest against the totalitiarian regime of Beijing.

Or, you can save a few bucks and buy products very probably made by those who are persecuted for the liberties that we in Western civilization see as what makes us human. If you do so, as St. Peter said, “You and your money can both go to hell. ”

As many of you know this blog has a mixe political ideology, takes issue with some of the uber-religious right in America, and can be a bit to the right or left on many views.  However, I would hope that all of us value the basic premise that makes life as a human worht living, a degree of liberty.  This is an issue that trancends political affiliation, religious beliefs, and even reason. This issue touches at the soul of mankind and it’s called ethics.

6 Comments »

  1. You are correct in what you have said, but do realize that our government allows this unfair competition where there is no tax collected. This has ruined our economy. Businesses and employees in this country must pay tax after tax, but China pays no taxes. How are we going to finance wars or anything with no tax income for our government? I can buy 5 battery powered drills from China for the price of one made in the US, but I don’t need 5 drills, I need one and a job to use it on. Because our government allows imports with no import duty our manufacturing industry can not compete. I have no job, because my potential customers have no job. I don’t even need one drill. You can’t buy a car or a house if the only job you can find is at a fast food restaurant which accounts for the problems of both industries. If one wanted to destroy our country I can not think of a better way. It works because of our greed and it is really our own greed that is destroying us. However it would not work if our government protected our citizens instead of those of other countries. Sometimes the President sounds like the President of the world instead of the President of the United States.
    astudent

    Comment by astudent — April 2, 2007 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

  2. I am one of the few that opposed NAFTA and many of our trade agreements for this reason. At some point, people have to realize that a trade imbalance is bad for the economy of a nation. While this is usually a site that has Republican leanings, this is one area I have disagreed with the GOP on for many years. I wish I could say that the DNC was any better, but both have too many patrons that they have to satisfy, rather than normal everyday Americans.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 2, 2007 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

  3. Please, the last thing we need is boycotting Olympic Games. As we saw before, the only thing that happens is someone then boycotts the Games in the US.

    Comment by Sam — April 3, 2007 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

  4. So, who really cares? At least it would send a message that we don’t buy the spin from Beijing.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 3, 2007 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

  5. Christmas of 2007, my husband and I were determined to buy Christmas presents and toys for our 4 granddaughters that were not Chinese made so we did not support using Christian Prisoners to make our Gifts. It was almost impossible to find toys and even hats, gloves and scarves that were not made in China. You would think that the only country in the world that can make a product IS China! Even the Christmas cards we wanted to buy were made in China. As we had learned, there are many, many Christians in Chinese Prisons that do nothing but produce Christmas items for the American appetite, ex: the strings of Christmas lights! Please consider these dear brothers and sisters when you go to “save a little money”!!!

    Comment by Cathy — May 27, 2008 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

  6. Fact is, many of these items, Christmas lights for example, are not manufactured anywhere outside of China. You will either put up chinese lights that are lead tainted and have possibly been assembled by a Christian brother or sister in prison for their faith, or you will not be putting up lights at all because you won’t find any not made in China.

    We have sold our collective American soul to China. We have done so in order that they would buy a big part of our debt (in excess of 1.5 Trillion dollars). This of course went on behind the scenes. At least until the economy broke apart and much of the truth came to light.

    Either way … it’s too late. The bail out. Too late. Complaining about chinese imports. Useless. We are not just going down the tubes as a country, we have almost completed the ride. There is a reason America is not part of end-times Bible prophecy. The horesmen are mounting. Don’t trust in the economy. Trust in the only One you can save you! Jesus Christ!

    Comment by Don — October 13, 2008 @ 9:48 pm | Reply


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