This weekend is a holy one for Christians so CBS sent Barry Petersen to study the clandestine growth of underground house churches in the People's Republic of China. There are some churches that are approved by Communist authorities whose worshippers must register with police. Many more operate illicitly: one congregation opened up to Petersen's cameras "to show both faith and defiance;" another provided cellular telephone videotape of authorities demolishing a half-built village church. If arrested for illegal assembly, a Chinese-American Christian activist stated, his co-religionists face beatings, imprisonment and harassment. "Even traditional eastern religions like Buddhism are flourishing again," Petersen observed about Communist China post-Mao Zedong, "but none like underground Christians."
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