Christians in China have had enough of the government’s campaign to eradicate the cross from the country.
“Each time they take a cross down, we will put more up,” one church leader told the Guardian at a protest on Friday. “We are even considering making flags and clothes with cross patterns. We will make the cross flourish throughout China.”
The activists say that the Chinese government has ripped down 1,200 crosses in the last two years with an increase in the amount of crosses torn down in the last few weeks. The focus has been in the Zhejiang province where Christian churches have been flourishing.
Zhejiang has over 300,000 Catholics and one million Protestants between the “official” government churches and underground churches.
“Christianity has grown so fast that Christians outnumber Communist Party members. The whole purpose of this is to control the ‘overheated’ growth of Christianity. They are nervous not just about Christianity but of any organized civil group,” Bob Fu, president of Texas-based non-profit China Aid, told Christianity Today.
In addition to the stripping of crosses from church buildings, many churches have been completely destroyed by the government and local officials.