Among all age demographics for Christians, millennials are now most concerned about religious freedom. In fact, the Barna Group found that three years ago, one-third of millennial Christians (32 percent) said religious freedom had worsened. Today, that number is at 55 percent—a jump of more than 20 percentage points from 2012. Millennial Christians also are the most worried of any age group about the future of religious freedom. More than half (56 percent) say they are concerned about it, compared to just one in five (19 percent) in 2012. Read More
Last December, a woman in Oregon found a handwritten letter hidden inside a package of Halloween decorations she purchased from Kmart. The letter described awful forced-labor conditions in a Chinese prison factory. Now, The New York Times says they have found the man who wrote it. According to the article, the 47-year-old former prisoner, who now lives in Beijing, said he was imprisoned for refusing to convert from his religion of Falun Gong, a faith deemed a cult by the Chinese government. Along with prisoners convicted of serious crimes, he was also held with members of China’s underground churches, who were also being imprisoned for their beliefs.
The letter said there were “Thousands people here who are under the persicution [sic] of the Chinese Communist Party Government.” In his recent interview, he described regular torture, 15-hour work days, sleep deprivation and being subjected to unspeakable abuses while going through a program of “re-education through labor” making products like the Kmart Halloween decorations in secret factories. All of the former prisoners interviewed in the story said the torture and forced labor was because they refused to renounce their faith … Discuss