China: Officials declare singing worship song illegal


Date:                                            April 17, 2017


Apr 17, 2017 03:07 pm | Brynne Lawrence

Pastor Xu Rongzhang
(Photo: ChinaAid)


(Zhengzhou, Henan—April 17, 2017) Authorities in China’s central Henan province declared singing a Christian song illegal on Saturday and detained a Taiwanese pastor for doing so. 

When Pastor Xu Rongzhang from Taiwan led a group of Christians in Zhengzhou, Henan, in singing the worship song “Jesus Loves You,” officials stated that the song was an illegal religious activity and detained Xu on April 15. They also took his identification documents and permit to travel to mainland China and did not return them until April 17, even though Xu was released on the same day that he was taken into custody. 

ChinaAid will update this story once more information becomes available. 

ChinaAid reports abuses such as those suffered by Xu in order to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law in China.

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