Hmmmmm ... I think a quick clarification is in order here. Apparently, I didn't make it sufficiently clear (and that was my fault) that my contempt back here was aimed at the foreign missionaries involved (that would be the Texas-based China Aid Association mentioned in the article, and others in general), and not the locals (about which more shortly so don't go away).
I suspect that I'm not alone when I suggest that one can despise meddling Christian evangelists without similarly disliking the locals to whom they're preaching, so for that misunderstanding, well, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. But wait. This brings up an interesting point.
If you didn't know any better, I'll bet you'd think that all of those right-wing wanks who moan on and on about Christian persecution in other countries actually, you know, care about those foreigners. Or at least you would think that until you did some research.
As an example, when it comes to the right-wing media, it doesn't really get any more right-wing than Fox News, does it? So, naturally, you wouldn't be surprised that Fox News would be concerned about the persecution of "unregistered" Christians in China, as described back in this 2002 news piece. Yes, you'd think that Fox News and its founder, Rupert Murdoch, were incredibly, incredibly concerned about these unfortunate victims.
Or at least, you'd think so until you read this piece at the Center for American Progress which describes how, in order to break into the Chinese media market, Murdoch happily tossed those folks overboard:
Time Magazine reported that while Murdoch is supposedly "a devout anti-Soviet and anti-communist" he "became bewitched by China in the early '90s." In an effort to persuade Chinese dictators that he would never challenge their behavior, Murdoch "threw the BBC off Star TV" (his satellite network operating in China) after BBC aired reports about Chinese human rights violations. Murdoch argued the BBC "was gratuitously attacking the regime, playing film of the massacre in Tiananmen Square over and over again." In 1998 Chinese President Jiang Zemin praised Murdoch for the "objective" way in which his papers and television covered China.
Yeah, a true defender of human rights, that Murdoch, until it might affect his bank account. Gotta understand your priorities, ya know.
Oh, and news coverage of this recent persecution of Chinese Christians? Perhaps I just couldn't find it but, as far as I can tell, you won't find a hint of it anywhere over at Fox News. Feel free to prove me wrong.
BONUS TRACK: Oh, and let's not forget that the same Bible-thumping, pious, devout loons who yammer on and on about all those unfortunate persecuted Christians are the same lowlifes responsible for oppressive crap like this.