November 19, 2005

Bush Attends Beijing Church

In his first public appearance, even before the welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, Bush attended a service at a state-sanctioned Protestant church to send a message about free expression of faith in a country that harshly smothers it. The president has been offended by the recent harassment of religious people trying to practice their faith without state approval at underground churches, aides said.

"My hope is that the government of China will not fear Christians who gather to worship openly," the president told reporters outside Gangwashi Church, a modest brick building and one of a handful of official Protestant churches in Beijing. "A healthy society is a society that welcomes all faiths."

Bush isn't the first President to visit, the elder Bush and Clinton both made appearances.


At November 25, 2005 11:41 AM, Blogger jidian said...

Bush in Beijing Church: What Freedom?


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home