[Ed. – Another clarifying sign of the internal crackdown going on. China is preparing for aggression, along well-worn lines. Note: the fact that China still permits people to by Bibles in bookstores just means that state authorities intend to know exactly who has purchased Bibles. No functional anonymity will be allowed.]
The Communist Chinese government banned the sale of Bibles online this week and released a new document dictating its “Policies and Practices on Protecting Freedom of Religious Belief.”
By Thursday, April 5, “internet searches for the Bible came up empty on leading online Chinese retailers, such as JD.com, Taobao, and Amazon,” reported the New York Times.
Christianity is the only religion in China, according to The Times, in which its primary holy book, the Bible, is banned online. Books from other religions such as Buddhism, Taoism, and Islam are available. The Quran is not banned online. …
The newspaper further reported that the Communist government in China continues to remove crosses from Christian churches and that in 2014-16, “more than 1,500 crosses were removed from churches in one Chinese province with close ties” to President Xi Jinping.
In addition, Christians in some parts of China are ordered to replace pictures of Jesus with those of President Xi, if they want to receive government assistance.