The California Republican

This blog was created in order to report on a streak of conservatism currently taking hold in California. Recent events, and voting records show much of the same here in California, but the trend is one that is certainly in our favor.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

The Holiday Season is Here: Something to Remember

Remember when you go out and by your gifts this year that, where you spend you money counts. Stores like Costco, Sam's Club and Wal-mart may offer great deals and prices over the holidays; however, their inventories are largely made up of items made in China. Why single out China? A good question.

For fellow Christians, this is of particular concern. China is the world's leader of Christian persecution. Some examples:

    At 40 years of age, Aiqing Zhu was arrested for ‘illegal evangelistic activities’ on June 9, 1996. She was sentenced with a twenty-year prison term. Her prison address is:The Public Security DepartmentXiang Xiang CityHu Nan Province
    Shen, 61, was arrested in 2002 along with other South China Church leaders for starting an unregistered chldren's Sunday School. He may not have a Bible according to the court ruling. He was given a four-year sentence.
    Pastor Gong, founder and pastor of the South China Church was sentenced to be executed last December, but a re-trial was ordered by the Hubei Province Supreme Court. Gong was re-tried last October, but charges relating to cult and illegal religious activity were dropped. The second trial resulted in a sentence of life in prison. He has been severely beaten and was taken to the hospital. He is now back in prison but does not communicate verbally with his family visitors whether out of fear or injury.
    Arrested September 26, 2003 and charged with "subverting the Chinese government and socialist order." He was sentenced to two years of laojiao "re-education through labor." He was beaten by other prisoners on the first day of his sentence, November 3, 2003.

These are just a few in a long list.

In today's world, to not buy anything Chinese, or to boycott Chinese merchandise, is nearly impossible. However, it is possible to give an honest effort to purchase American made items when possible.

Wal-mart alone now possesses over $18 billion in Chinese-made inventories.

Think about that next time you purchase an item.

References: Chinese Priosoner List & Wal-Mart's Inventories