Chinese Pastor Who Opposed Government Removal of Church Crosses Sentenced to Prison

Cross China AidBEIJING (New York Times) A Christian pastor who defended local churches when the Chinese authorities removed church crosses was sentenced to one year in prison on Tuesday night by a court in Zhejiang Province.

The pastor, Huang Yizi, was sentenced by the People’s Court in Pingyang County after being convicted of “gathering crowds to disturb social order,” said Mr. Huang’s lawyer, Zhang Kai. Mr. Zhang said that he would appeal the court’s verdict.

Last July, Mr. Huang, a pastor of the government-sanctioned Fengwo Church in Pingyang, and several local residents asked the Pingyang County government to explain why the police beat more than 50 parishioners when they tried to stop government authorities from taking down the cross from Salvation Church, a Protestant church in Pingyang. Mr. Huang was arrested in August, and the Salvation Church’s cross was toppled several days after his arrest.

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  • Richard French

    Probably the next step for the fascist liberals here in the US.

    • Psygn

      The Supreme Court wouldn’t let us, something about the Constitution.

      • Rich

        That’s what they’d like to change. They want nothing to remind them that there is eternal life, freely being forgive of sins, for they desire to fight for their own damnation tooth and nail, even when we plead with them to rethink and be reborn.

        • Psygn

          Maybe its just your crazy talk that drives people away?