Two female Christian summer camp leaders have been detained by the Communist Party in China and accused of trying to brainwash children.
China Aid reports that Zhou Yanhua and Gao Ming, of the Yining County Church, were held by authorities for 10 and 15 days respectively after being arrested on Aug. 4.
"Both women were accused of indoctrinating minors with superstitious beliefs. Chinese law forbids religious teaching to anyone under the age of 18, believing matters of faith to be dangerous brainwashing from which children must be protected," the report from China Aid said.
The women were preparing to drive a group of children to a summer camp.
The parents of the children were told that those students could be barred from higher-grade levels for participation in Christian camps.
Recently, the Communist Party in China has been working to stop the growth of Christianity. Rooftop crosses have been removed from churches and church
members and priests have been arrested for protesting the government crackdown.
"China Aid condemns the actions of authorities against Zhou, Gao, and the children involved in this case, and reports on such events to expose abuses by the Chinese government and promote religious freedom," China Aid said in a statement.
Publication date: September 14, 2016
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.