Despite China’s ever-expanding persecution of Christians and Muslims, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Thursday the Communist country is “growing into a respectable nation.”
“We hold China as a potential trading partner, as a country that has pulled tens of millions of people out of poverty in a short period of time, and as a country growing into a respectable nation amongst nations,” Feinstein said during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting. “I deeply believe that.”
What the Democratic senator from California said could not be further from the truth. China is, in fact, far from a “respectable nation.”
A quick Google search could have disabused Feinstein, who sits on the Select Committee on Intelligence, of that obviously faulty notion.
But since she apparently forgot all the intel she’s privy to, as well as the endless laundry list of public reports about the abuses taking place in China, here are a few examples:
- Schools in China are indoctrinating children against the “evil cult” of Christianity, urging kids to report Christian parents
- China is using the Bible to wrongly attack the U.S. while also demanding Scripture be rewritten to promote communism
- The Chinese regime is continuing to arrest and charge Christian ministers for no reason
- Despite the pandemic, the Chinese government is still destroying churches and stealing Christian crosses
That’s just four headlines from the last year.
And Xi’s regimes has implemented a new, oppressive security law as mainland China continues to tighten its grip on the once-autonomous Hong Kong.
The far-reaching measure gives China legal control over anything viewed by Beijing as anti-government. From CBN News:
For example, any person shouting slogans or holding up banners calling for independence is violating the law. Police may search anyone without a warrant if they deem the circumstances to be “exceptional.” Restraining orders to freeze or confiscate property can be ordered if there are “reasonable grounds” to suspect it is endangering national security.
Also, the police may apply for a warrant requiring anyone suspected of violating the law to surrender travel documents so they may not leave Hong Kong.
“Using the national security law to erode fundamental freedoms and create an atmosphere of coercion and self-censorship is a tragedy for Hong Kong,” said Hanscom Smith, US Consul General to Hong Kong.
“Imagine you are someone living in Hong Kong, how you have to self-censor what you say in public,” said Elizabeth Larus, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington. “In the media, you have to be careful what you say. Teachers will have to be very careful in what they teach and what they say. This law has a very, very wide sweep despite Carrie Lam’s argument and calming words that this affects just a tiny, tiny number of people.”
In recent months, it’s become overwhelmingly evident the Chinese government is detaining Uyghur Muslims and holding them in concentration camps, which Xi’s regime has dubbed “re-education camps.”
“They’re forcing Uyghurs and others to denounce their religious practices and they’ve been forcing Uyghurs to go through or adopt a non-traditional, non-religious way of life, which is much more common for the ruling Hun Chinese people,” Nury Turkel, who was recently appointed to the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, told CBN News.
Religious freedom advocates are also voicing serious concerns the Chinese government may be harvesting the organs of the Muslims in these camps.
What’s happening to the Uyghur minority, Turkel said, is “cultural genocide.”
The list of atrocities is more than a mile long, yet in the name of political expedience — a sorry attempt to dunk on President Donald Trump, who has sought to hold China accountable for the global spread of the coronavirus — Feinstein is looking the other way.
Regardless, one thing is resoundingly clear: the senator is wrong.