Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Press Release: McCotter to Communist China

“No Good Government Denies God’s Presence”

Congressman denounces China’s ban on Athletes’ Bibles and All Religious Symbols during Olympics

WASHINGTON D.C. - Congressman Thaddeus McCotter (MI), Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, today denounced Communist China’s ban on Bibles during the 2008 Olympics. He introduced a Congressional Resolution condemning the Communist government attack on Christianity and all religions.

Speaking today on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman McCotter said:

“As the world stumbles toward the communist propaganda extravaganza labeled the Beijing Olympics. Somewhere Chairman Mao is looking up at us and laughing.

“According the Catholic News Agency Bibles and all other religious symbols are among Communist China’s list athlete’s prohibited objects due to security concerns.

“Since the leader of the free world, President Bush has articulated his eagerness to attend the Communist China’s Olympics; I am compelled to ask three questions.

“Mr. President how many bibles will you be taking to Beijing? Will you visit the 5 bishops and 15 priests imprisoned for opposing the Communist regime’s official church? And will you tell China’s Communist tyrants this fundamental truth, No good government denies God’s presences.”

McCotter also calls upon the Communist government to allow the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) or other international human rights organizations unrestricted access to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to “ensure the protection of Christians and other religious persons.”

The Catholic News Agency recently reported the Bible among the “prohibited items” banned at the Olympic village citing “security reasons.” Other banned items include video cameras and cups.

There are between 40 million to 100 million Christians currently living in China. An estimated four to 10 million follow the Catholic faith.

In September 2007 Congressman McCotter joined by several colleagues authored a letter to President Bush urging him to reconsider his attendance at the upcoming 2008 Beijing Olympics.

To see the Congressman’s floor speech click here:

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