In the name of the sinicization, to create a Christianity with “Chinese characteristics,” the government authorities are burning crosses on the bell towers, replacing them with the red flags of China; slogans praising the Party and the values of socialism are exposed on religious buildings, erasing sacred images, that are considered too Western.
In recent days in Henan, the cross of a Protestant Church was burned in Anyang, Shuiyi County; another was demolished in Hebei; another one in Luoyang has been replaced with the red flag. Even a Catholic centre in Anyang had to display the flag.
In a church in the province, the authorities demanded the removal of the cross, paintings with calligraphy of verses from the Bible and a painting of the Last Supper.
Similar events also take place in Jiangxi. Testimonies gathered by Chinaaid in Xinyu County say that churches are forced to wave the national flag, to display a picture of President Xi Jinping and slogans praising socialism. Many crosses have been destroyed, including that of the evangelical church of Jieken.
At least 40 churches in Shangrao have been forced to display banners that prohibit the preaching of non-Chinese people and prohibit entry to young people under the age of 18.
In Zhejiang, in Leqin, the authorities have forced the churches to exalt the Chinese Communist Party, by singing patriotic anthems at a flag-raising ceremony and pushing for con- certs with nationalist programs. In the Pudong region of Shanghai, the Xuanqiao’s Church of Jesus Christ had to display the slogan on the “basic values of socialism.”