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USA President Attends Church in CHINA

Discussion in '2005 Archive' started by bb_baptist, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. bb_baptist

    bb_baptist New Member

    Jun 22, 2000
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    Trying to send a message to China's leaders, Bush opened the day by attending church services, taking a front-row seat with his wife, Laura, at Gangwashi Church, one of five officially recognized Protestant churches in Beijing.

    "It wasn't all that long ago that people were not allowed to worship openly in this society," the president said after the hourlong service. "My hope is that the government of China will not fear the Christians who gather to worship openly. A healthy society is a society that welcomes all faiths."

    Bush, however, chose to make the worship service his first public event during a two-day state visit to China. The significance of Bush's visit to the church, a modest marble-and-brick building tucked off an alley, was clear to the congregation of about 400.

    Bush received a standing ovation when he entered the sanctuary, which looked much like a classroom with wooden movie theater seats. There was more applause when the pastor announced his presence, and members of the choir assembled outside to see Bush off afterward.

    "The spirit of the Lord is very strong inside your church," Bush said.

    The service at Gangwashi Church was in Chinese, but its structure and content would have be familiar to any Protestant parishioner in the United States. Bush and other guests listened to a translation over headphones.

    In the church's guest book, Bush wrote "May God bless the Christians of China."

    Under the president's inscription, the first lady wrote: "And with love and respect, Laura Bush."

    This month, the State Department cited China, a land of 1.3 billion people, as one of eight countries of "particular concern" for denying religious freedom. The White House urged China's state-controlled media not to censor news of Bush's visit, which includes meetings and dinner with China's top leaders.


  2. prophecynut

    prophecynut New Member

    Nov 23, 2004
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    Just a PR stunt.

  3. Ps104_33

    Ps104_33 New Member

    Sep 3, 2001
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    WOW! Bush is more of an idiot than I thought he was.