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Jenna Presley * Neo-Nazis * Buddhist Extremists

bullet Punk rockers are speaking out against Myanmar’s Buddhist monks who are instigating violence against Muslims.

The extremist Buddhist movementreferred to by The Straits Times (Singapore) as a “neo-Nazi group” — is known as 969. The three digits are said to symbolize the virtues of the Buddha, Buddhist practices and the Buddhist community.

bullet Neo-Nazism seeks to revive Nazism or Fascism.

bullet One year ago Monday, Wade Michael Page, a White Supremacist gunman with links to neo-Nazi groups, went to a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and killed six worshippers. Family members, law enforcement and the larger community marked the anniversary over the weekend.

Among many stories, the one about the friendship between a former skinhead and the son of one of the shooting victims stands out.

bullet White Supremacists may indeed by white, but their words and actions tend to show that they are far from supreme.

bullet Speaking of which, there are reports that Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev subscribed to white supremacy literature and government conspiracy theories.

bullet Chinese house church leader Samuel Lamb died Saturday at the age of 88. Lamb, who is known for saying “more persecution, more growth,” spent more than 20 years in prison for his faith and led an unregistered house church of 4,000 people in Guangzhou.

As the New York Times has said, “In some parts of China Christians worship completely freely. But in other areas the authorities brutally crush the independent churches.”

Genuine religious freedom does not exist in China.

bullet In Australia, self-styled Muslim cleric Man Haron Monis, also known as Sheikh Haron, has pleaded guilty to on 12 counts of using a postal service in a menacing, harassing or offensive way — a federal crime. He sent a series of offensive letters to the families of eight fallen soldiers.

bullet Brittni Ruiz — formally known as Jenna Presley, one of the world’s most famous porn starshas become a Christian through the ministry of Craig Cross, founder of XXXChurch.com

bullet The “secret archives” of the Catholic Church in Scotland could contain allegations of sexual abuse by as many as 100 priests and other staff in cases stretching back 50 years, according to the former head of the Church’s working party on child protection.

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Chinese Police “Harass” Female Members Of Beijing Church, Most Members Released

BEIJING, CHINA (BosNewsLife)– Chinese police harassed female members from one of Beijing’s largest underground Protestant churches before releasing them and most of other Christians detained Sunday, April 17, a church member told BosNewsLife.

The well-informed Christian of the 1000-strong Shouwang Church cautioned however that at least “ten people are detained in different local police stations.”

They were among a group of some 30 members who were being detained Sunday morning, April 17, when they tried to pray outdoors, BosNewsLife reported earlier.

“I learned that some sisters have been severely humiliated and insulted,” the Christian said. Like many other churches, Shouwang Church often describes members as ‘sisters’ or ‘brothers’, a reference to the Biblical concept that Christians have one Heavenly Father in God.

The women, “few feel very depressed after they were released,” added the Christian, whose name BosNewsLife did not immediately release due to security concerns.

ELDERS UNDER HOUSE ARREST

She said elders of the church were unable to attend Sunday’s worship service as they have been out under house arrest. “I called one elder and learned that he has been put under house arrest over one week, never being able to leave his apartment. Another elder said that the policeman sat and lay too close to the door of his apartment, which made it absolutely impossible to open his door.”

But, “they all had peace,” she said, referring to their faith in Christ. He suggested that Chinese secret police “disturbed” the phone calls with church elders, “because we could hardly hear each others words except the buzzing noise” on the phone. “It seldom happened before when calling to China from my apartment.”

Hours earlier security forces arrested several leaders of the Shouwang Church, including Senior Pastor Jin Tianming and Pastor Li Xiaobai with his wife, before releasing them late Saturday and early Sunday, said China Aid Association (CAA), a Christian rights group.

Last Sunday, April 10, 169 church members were rounded up by police and held for up to 24 hours when they attempted to hold a worship service in a public plaza in western Beijing, CAA said.

CAA told BosNewsLife that Christians have also lost their homes and jobs. “Many members of the Shouwang Church, one of Beijing’s largest house churches with about 1,000 members, have been forced out of their homes by landlords who have come under intense pressure to evict them,” the group said in a statement.

CHURCH OPEN AIR MEETINGS

Shouwang Church has been holding open air meetings after being evicted by authorities who are reportedly wary to lose control over religion and the increasing number of Christians in the Communist-run nation.

Earlier this month church members were seen crying when the landlord told them they “can no longer worship at” Beijing’s “Old Story Restaurant”, where walls are lined with pictures of Chinese Party leaders shaking hands with former U.S. presidents.

The standoff comes at a time when the Chinese Communist government is stepping up control over what it views as groups potentially undermining the country’s one-party system — including thriving house churches — amid concerns that revolutions against autocratic leaders in the Arab world will encourage more open calls for political and religious freedoms in China.

There are believed to be at least tens of millions of Protestant Christians in China, divided between registered Catholic and Protestant denominations and the underground, “house “churches, such as Shouwang Church. Many of the house churches began as small Bible groups at homes of individual believers but soon grew into much largest congregations.

– Chinese Police “Harass” Female Members Of Beijing Church, Most Members Released, BosNewsLife, Apr. 17, 2011 — © BosNewsLife. Published in Religion News Blog by permission.

China Keeps Church Leaders from Public Worship Attempt

China persecutes Christians Police in China held “about two dozen” pastors and elders of Beijing’s Shouwang Church under house arrest or at police stations over the weekend to keep them from attending a Sunday worship service in a public location.

Three top leaders of the church remain in jail and several others are under strict surveillance. Chinese police arrested at least 160 members of the 1,000-strong church as they tried to assemble. [Read more...]

China Court Upholds 15 Year Imprisonment For Pastor Yimiti

China An ethnic minority house church leader remained detained in China’s troubled northwestern Xinjiang region Sunday, March 6, after a court rejected an appeal to review his 15 years prison sentence on charges of revealing state secrets to overseas groups.

United Nations officials and local Christians have linked the sentence to Pastor Alimujiang Yimiti’s Christian conversion, his leadership of a house church with his wife Gulinuer and two sons, and apparent involvement in sharing reports of religious persecution. [Read more...]

China Launches Major Crackdown on House Churches; Labels Them a “Cult”

China house church In a troubling setback, Chinese authorities last week launched a crackdown directed at Christians who belong to China’s huge network of unregistered house churches, calling a “cult” one of the fastest-growing populations of Christians in the world.

ChinaAid says according to the Politburo’s top-secret instructions, the crackdown on the largest component of the mainland Chinese church is to continue through March 2011. [Read more...]

Beijing Blocks Travelers To Christian Conference

China house church A massive global evangelical gathering known as the Lausanne Congress will begin Oct. 16 in Cape Town, South Africa. But it looks likely to take place without the participation of 230 Chinese delegates.

So far, at least 11 people planning to attend have been forbidden to leave China, and many others have come under pressure. Many fear Beijing is moving to exert control over underground Christians. [Read more...]