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China Arrests over 1,000 Christians Prior to Communist Party Birthday

China watchdog organization Bitter Winter reported on Wednesday that Chinese security forces conducted a massive crackdown against the Church of Almighty God (CAG) in the northern province of Shanxi over the past two weeks. State security officials said over a thousand arrests were made in the interest of “maintaining social order” during the Chinese Communist Party’s centennial celebration.

BEIJING, CHINA - DECEMBER 24: Catholis pray during a Christmas Mass at a church on December 24, 2004 in Beijing, China. Though Christmas is not officially celebrated in China, the holiday is becoming increasingly popular as Chinese adopt more Western ideas and festivals. (Photo by Guang Niu/Getty Images) *** Local …

Salon: CPAC ‘Cemented’ GOP into ‘Overtly Authoritarian, Fascist Party’

An essay published in the far-left Salon on Monday claims the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was geared around completing the transformation of the Republican party into an “overtly authoritarian — even fascist — party” while accusing Republican voters of encouraging and supporting both racism and fascism.

Former President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Begun in 1974, CPAC brings together conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders to discuss issues important to them. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

South Korea Seeks Murder Charges Against Religious Sect for Spreading Coronavirus

Some South Korean officials on Monday asked for murder charges to be brought against Lee Man-hee, founder and leader of a religious sect called the Shincheonji Church, and 11 of his top followers because they spread the Wuhan coronavirus across the country and interfered with efforts to track infected persons. The government believes up to 60% of South Korea’s 4,335 coronavirus cases can be traced to the Shincheonji Church.

Lee Man-hee, leader of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, speaks during a press conference at a facility of the church in Gapyeong on March 2, 2020. - The leader of a South Korean sect linked to more than half the country's 4,000-plus coronavirus cases apologised on March 2 for the …