Thanks to Dr. Clam for providing today’s link.
According to this article in the New York Post the Chinese government is stepping up its policy of cracking down on Christians. We already started discussing this in some other comments, so I’m just going to copy and paste my response to it from there:
“In May, a national “blue book” report listed religion as one of four “severe challenges” to national security in China (along with the import of democratic ideals, the influence of Western culture and uncensored Web access).”
The Chinese crackdown on religion quite obviously has little to do with a disbelief in god and everything to do with a severing of unauthorized avenues of power. To call it atheism simply because it is anti-religion would be like calling the policy of censoring the Web Luddite. I have little doubt that if atheists in China became as organized as religions and in the numbers that religions have in non-government sanctioned groups, then they too would be beaten down.
Very worrying news for not only freedom of religion but also freedom of association.