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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 39, Number 24, September 27, 1976.

Christians Murdered in their Beds

Christians Murdered in their Beds

Dear Sir,

Terry Auld praises the achievements of Mao Tse-tung. He forgets that these impressive material achievements in China since 1949 have taken place at a tremendous cost to human life and liberty. The persecution of the Christian Church is a prime example of the ruthless methods adopted by Mao and his cohorts.

The campaign opened with war on 'superstitions', rooted as they are in a bourgeois society. Then came a campaign of re-education, then the phase of active opposition. Church schools were closed, church land confiscated, missionaries were confined to their residences by 'pass' laws (South Africa does not have these alone) and so called trials of Christians took place on false charges (eg hiding enormous sums of gold in the church, murder of Chinese, refusal of food to children in Christian orphanages). Physical violence and even Heath was the lot of steadfast Christians. Basic human rights were denied to men merely because their beliefs differed from the atheistic party line. Fortunately the blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.

Sincerely yours,

Cart Telford.