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Oct
30

You probably saw the news plastered all over the Internet yesterday that China is dropping its horrific one-child policy across the country. While everyone should be happy that fewer babies will be killed, the replacement policy is still horrible.

First, all births still have to be approved by the government. Failure to get a permit can result in fines and other punishment. Second, once a Chinese woman has her second child, she is back in the same position of being subject to fines, forced abortion and prison if she gets pregnant again.

Second, this has nothing to do with a change of heart on behalf of the Chinese government about the value of life. This is solely about power. The Chinese aren't stupid. They can see that their current population trajectory towards an aging, overly male population will eventually destabilize the country. They have to get their demographic problems fixed in order to maintain their dominance in Asia.

So celebrate that fewer babies will be killed but don't be fooled. The nicer face of Chinese population control still holds the gun behind its back.

At Aquinas and More we have never carried Chinese products in spite of the huge profit it could have made our business. China is a morally bankrupt country stewing in the culture of death, and as an aside, still imprisons Catholic bishops and priests. Making an extra few bucks on a knock-off Italian statue from China isn't worth it to us.


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Jul
16
Why do people keep buying Chinese "Catholic" gifts?
Posted by Ian on 16 July 2015 09:36 AM

I keep hoping that after writing posts like this for seven years that things would change and I could stop.

Unfortunately:

Priests and nuns in Shanghai diocese whose bishop is in detention are required to attend “learning” classes on the central theme of the National Congress of the Communist Party.

About 30 priests and a dozen nuns joined the program held June 9-11 at the Shanghai Institute of Socialism. It will be followed by another class in September for the rest of the diocese's priests and nuns, said James, a source who spoke to ucanews.com on condition of anonymity.

Priests and nuns in Shanghai diocese have been required to attend learning classes ever since their bishop, Thaddeus Ma Daqian, was placed under house arrest at Sheshan Seminary after he dramatically quit his government-appointed post in the Catholic Patriotic Association immediately following his episcopal ordination on July 7, 2012.

Read the whole article.

As long as China insists on persecution and forced abortion, we're not going to carry products from China, no matter how much the price entices us.


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May
20
Why We Don't Sell Anything From China (Still)
Posted by Ian on 20 May 2015 08:10 PM

Ever since we opened Aquinas and More we have had a policy against selling any products made in China. There are several million reasons. You can read about them here.

Tonight I ran across an article at the National Catholic Register that confirms, again, what we've always known:

The Chinese Communist Party will never end the “one-child policy” because the policy is effectively terrorizing the Chinese people into keeping the Communist Party in power, according to Reggie Littlejohn of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, who gave testimony on April 30 to the U.S. Congressional Executive Commission on China on the effects of the country’s population-control measures.

The 35th anniversary of the policy, which continues to impose forced abortions on countless Chinese mothers, will be marked on Sept. 25. In this May 8 interview with the Register in Rome, Littlejohn explains in more detail what is keeping the policy in place, why reports about China ending the policy are incorrect and why a more accurate name for it would be “China’s forced-abortion policy.”

Read the whole thing.


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Oct
26
Batman Against China's Abortion Policy
Posted by Ian on 26 October 2012 10:14 AM

Yesterday I mentioned another case of forced abortion in China and today I saw a news report that Christian Bale of Batman fame, gave a human rights award to Chen Guancheng, the blind pro-life activist from China who had a harrowing experience earlier this year. Bale praised Chen's opposition to forced abortions in China and had actually tried to visit him in China while he was under house arrest earlier this year.

So is Bale actually pro-life or just against forced abortion? I don't have an answer for that but at least he is public on this horrific abuse when many others are silent.

Bale praised Chen for his bravery and for symbolizing the hopes of the people of China to live in freedom.  Significantly, Bale also highlighted Chen’s fight against forced abortion in China.  Bale stated,

“He [Chen] had exposed a program of forced abortion and sterilization in Shandong.  A program of forced abortion means that women are being dragged from their homes against their will.  They are being forced to have abortions, sometimes late-term—imagine that—with some women reportedly dying in the process.  Now this is true horror.  And in this insane world, this man, Chen, who was helping these women—who was living by some of the most simple, brave and universally admired values – values that we teach our children every day, and helping our fellow man – for this, this man was imprisoned and beaten for over four years.”

Reggie Littlejohn, President of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, the group which led the international coalition to free Chen, stated, “Chen Guangcheng is a towering champion of human rights, who with incomparable courage, stood alone against the Chinese totalitarian regime.  The women of China and the world will long remember his bravery on their behalf.”

Source: Life Site News


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Oct
25
Why We May Not Have Brass Advent Wreaths This Year
Posted by Ian on 25 October 2012 05:50 PM

From the first day we opened our store we have had a policy that we won't carry any products from China because of the ongoing persecution and state-forced abortion policy. This of course leads to inconveniences when it comes to Nativity sets, statuary, many children's books and other products that seem to be almost exclusively made in China these days. In fact, we just found out last week that our brass Advent wreath supplier has switched production to China so we sent them all back.

Just in case you think that things in China aren't really that bad, read through our past posts on priest kidnappings, forced abortion, child abuse and other state sanctioned policies.

Yesterday I read this:

Shandong Province, Zibo City – The first week of October should be the happiest time for Chinese citizens, a celebratory holiday marking the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.  For Qiao Ping’an and his wife Song, however, the week was marred by an injustice that led to a double tragedy—a mental breakdown and a death.

On October 2nd, Song was alone in her home in Zibo City (Gaoqing County, Heilizhai Town, Qiaojia Village)  while her family was out in the field bringing in the fall harvest.  A mother of 2 girls and nearly 6-months pregnant with their 3rd child, Song had no reason to believe that she was in any danger.  After all, she had heard nothing from the Family Planning Police about her pregnancy, and it was a national holiday, when no government officials would be working.  Yet, at 5pm that evening, 7 Family Planning officials arrived at her home, took her by force into a vehicle and drove her 100 kilometers away to Dongying Universal Love Women’s Hospital.

At the hospital, the officials violently tied Song down, confiscated her cell phone and stripped all of her clothes off.  Because she was so resistant, they forcibly injected her with a sedative, then pressed her finger to sign the voluntary abortion consent form.  They forcibly injected a needle into her womb with a poison to kill the baby and to induce labor.  After this, they left her naked on the hospital bed and locked her in.

We just can't justify carrying "Kneeling Santa" no matter how sentimentally sappy it is when things like this are going on.


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May
3

Chen Guangcheng

Chen Guangcheng - pro-life Chinese activist

Since Aquinas and More opened we have had a policy that we don't buy or sell any products from China. We have posted many times over the years explaining why.

Some of our vendors have tried to convince us that this policy isn't really wise and have offered many excuses why their stuff is "okay" to purchase including:

  • We inspect the factories and the workers are treated well
  • Our products may convert the factory workers
  • Costs are too high everywhere else in the world to produce these products so it's better that we do it here to save a dime, a quarter, a dollar, ten dollars, etc. so people can still afford to buy them

The problem with all of this is that China is evil. The administration has a national policy of forcefully killing babies. They imprison Christians including priests and bishops without cause. Every cent we give them just makes the government stronger.

The current case of Chen Guangcheng is a prime example of how evil regimes operate, especially when supposedly good ones take the side of evil.

Chen is a Chinese lawyer who has spent years documenting the forced abortion policy in China and for his efforts has been subject to imprisonment and beatings and has spent years under house arrest. Recently some of his friends broke him out of his house in his hometown and after hiding him in various places, took him to the US embassy in Beijing hoping that the US would fight for his safety.

Unfortunately, our current administration is far more concerned about our current economic relationship with China and is supportive of the very policies that Chen has been fighting so they weren't thrilled with him showing up. A Chinese official allegedly threatened to BEAT HIS WIFE if he didn't leave the embassy. There was a also a report that if Chen didn't leave the embassy the Chinese government would send his wife to Chen's home village where they "would be unable to help her". The Chen's have both been beaten by Chinese officials at their home in the past. The US government basically evicted him from the embassy once the Chinese government promised not to imprison him and instead send him and his family to a "safe" place in China.

More information can be found here and here.

 


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