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China Arrests 500 People For Doomsday Rumors

From an approving Associated Press:

China detains 500-plus people for doomsday rumors

December 18, 2012

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have detained more than 500 people from a fringe Christian group for spreading rumors about the world’s impending end, state media reported Tuesday…

Police seized leaflets, video discs, books and other apocalyptic materials in the recent arrests of more than 500 people across eight provinces and regions, from the prosperous east coast to less developed western China, state media reports said.

The detentions come ahead of Friday, Dec. 21 – a date some say the Mayans prophesized would be the end of the world and which was the subject of the apocalyptic movie "2012."

You can bet that Thomas Friedman and others in and out of the Obama administration are green with envy. They would love to ‘detain’ all the doomsayers who don’t believe we can run up trillion dollars in debt year after year.

Those detained are reported to be members of the group Almighty God, which is also called Eastern Lightning, after a phrase from the Bible’s Book of Matthew. Widely regarded as a heretical Christian sect, the group preaches that Jesus has reappeared as a woman in central China. It has been accused of targeting Christians, kidnapping and beating them to force conversions.

Didn’t the Chi-Coms get their start by beating people to force conversions?

Chinese society has been in tumult as decades of rapid free-market economic growth discredit communist ideology, loosen social controls and pull hundreds of millions from the countryside to the cities. Into the spiritual void have rushed traditional Buddhist groups and Daoist practices, as well as evangelical Christian churches and other spiritual groups, some with unorthodox and apocalyptic visions…

That’s funny. We are constantly told by our betters that we need to be more like China.

Eastern Lightning first appeared around 20 years ago, and the official Xinhua News Agency said that its members had "recently latched on to the Mayan doomsday prophesy to predict that the sun will not shine and electricity will not work for three days beginning on Dec. 21." …

The state-run Huashang website last week, citing local authorities, reported that the group is urging followers to "exterminate the great red dragon" – a reference to the Communist Party – "and found a country under the rule of Almighty God."

Something tells us this is their real crime.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “China Arrests 500 People For Doomsday Rumors”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Harry Belafonte wets himself in envy

  2. canary says:

    Unknown author? Maybe, AP used face book postings.

  3. Astravogel says:

    Perth, Australia, where it is already the 21st. is still there,
    and my friend eMailed me that New Zealand (+7) is also.

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