Artist Ai Weiwei Freed but Christians Still Imprisoned

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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei

TO THE ART ESTABLISHMENT’S SHAME, most major museums failed to boycott the Chinese government or to register official protests after internationally known artist Ai Weiwei was arrested as part of a crackdown on dissent.

Fortunately, others in the arts were not so timid in their response. From Bianca Jagger to the UK Telegraph, many in the western world refused to remain silent in the face of China’s blatant attempt to silence a great artist.

Now we see the results.

China has freed Weiwei after detaining him since April 3. Rather than admitting their politically motivated attempt to silence him, they claim his crime was tax evasion (a common diversion from the truth), and they cast themselves in a benevolent light by explaining he has been released because of “his good attitude in confessing his crimes as well as a chronic disease he suffers from.” However, reports from inside China claim Weiwei was tortured “for several consecutive days” in order to obtain a confession.

Part of his torture included being forced to watch video of the extreme torture of Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng, “including shots of electric batons being inserted into Gao’s anus and his blood, semen, feces, and urine spurting out.”

Meanwhile, as we have mentioned before, the Chinese government continues its campaign of terror against Christian “dissidents,” by which it means Christians who simply want to worship together without government supervision.

Because of Ai Weiwei’s fame, a worldwide grass roots network of artists managed to save him with their protests. Where is the protest for the courageous but unknown Christians who continue to suffer the wrath of Chinese oppression?

Do what you can for our brothers and sisters in China. Write to your congressional representatives. Protest on your blogs. Pray for the church in China.

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