Three cheers for China . . . . If only we could do this to the hucksters here in the USA.
I don't agree with that kind of tyranny. Anyone can practice and believe in whatever they want to believe in, as long as they are not forcing anyone to participate. No one can force enlightenment onto another. No one turned me into an atheist. If one does not have the intellectual capacity to process facts and logic, than they can never figure anything out. I don't think churches should be exempt from paying taxes. No one should force any beliefs or non beliefs onto another.
Sadly this is just the sort of thing that the churches love, it is great publicity for them as victims. China may have knocked down a church, but across the world every preacher will now be saying. "You see, this is what happens when you don't attend and put more money in the collecting box." This will help to build a hundred more churches world wide.
I believe that Christians are stupid for believing in such fantasy but at the same time they should be free to live and do what they want as long as they are not hurting others. If they want to worship Harry Potter, then go ahead for all I care. Just don't expect me to believe.
When we were in Viet Nam we noticed a lot of Catholic churches. Under the French rule Christianity was brought in to the country. When the communists took over they allowed to church to stay but under strict control. This might send a message to any other religions trying to take some control over people. The fact it was a mega church says even more. Our Constitution was supposed to allow religion and the government to cohabitate. Now we see clearly where that is headed.
It doesn't matter how many religious buildings are blown up. Religious people can meet anywhere, as can political people, insurgent people, idealistic people. During the Reformation Catholics met in secret. That didn't go away. Its a shame that many institutions and ideologies haven't realised that you don't destroy ideas of the mind by blowing things up.
They must be wanting to nip that ‘mega-church,’ thing in the bud! How can these mega-churches support the individual member’s needs? That kind of church is mainly there to collect the ‘offerings,’ when people pack into the place! That is how I look at it!