Pray for China!

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Congressional and Religious Leaders Petition President Obama

On Feb. 14, 2012 a seven-page letter was from Dr. Richard Land, president of The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; and Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, in advance of Xi Jiping's visit to the U. S. It included detailed biographies of the six prisoners of conscience: human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng; blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, longtime political dissident Liu Xianbin, former judge Guo Quan, Uyghur house church leader Alimujiang, and woman pastor Yang Rongli.

Gao Zhisheng

"In December 2006, Gao Zhisheng was sentenced to three years in prison with a probation of five years, and deprived of political rights for a year for inciting subversion of the state power. As his five-year probation came to an end at end of 2011, Xinhua News Agency issued a statement saying that the First Intermediary People's Court of Beijing decided to revoke the probation of Gao Zhisheng and send him back to jail due to his serious violation of probation rules. However, the statement neither mentioned the rules Gao had violated, nor his long-time disappearance which lasted twenty months.

"In the early morning of February 4, 2009, Gao Zhisheng was taken away by the police from his hometown in north Shan'an Xi right in front of his families.

"In early 2009, Gao Zhisheng's wife, daughter and son fled China, and came to the United States as refugees.

"After his kidnap, the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, the police and other sauces (sic) gave different accounts of his whereabouts. No accurate information was available till March 27, 2010."

SOURCE: Focal Point: Whether Gao Zhiyi Will Be Allowed to Visit Gao Zhisheng

Chinese Law and Religion Monitor

"This Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Chinese Law and Religion Monitor contains five articles as well as documents pertaining to a house church that has been banned by the government and the church's petition. The contents of this issue cover international religious freedom, civil rights, Europe's Islam problem, and China's house churches as well as information about specific cases"

Full text is available and downloadable, by clicking on the journal's name link in the first paaragraph.