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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Courageous Lawyers Challenge China

By David Aikman
Beyond the News

For two years the Chinese regime of Hu Jintao has been conducting a relentless harassment of China's Christians. House church groups, printers of Christian materials, lawyers trying to represent persecuted communities, have all been hounded by government authorities.

Now, however, China's Christians are beginning to fight back. Their chosen weapon? The Chinese constitution itself. On paper, it guarantees such things as freedom of religious expression and the right to peaceful protest. Chinese Christian lawyers across the country have been responding to police raids by citing the Constitution and demanding to see arrest and search warrants.

In Washington a delegation of brave Chinese lawyers and writers met with officials to plead their case. Their hope?--a Chinese Martin Luther King to lead Chinese society into legal due process, human rights and democracy. We should back them completely.


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