Vietnam: Christians Severely Beaten for Refusing to Recant Faith, Bow to Statue of Buddha
Pastor Hoang Van Pa told persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern that government officials threatened 33 Hmong Protestants in Phá Lóm village in November if they refused to renounce their Christian faith.
Police reportedly gathered personal information about the Christians and then carried out an open trial before the community. Presenting an image of the Buddha, police tried to force the Christians to abandon their faith and worship the statue instead.
Hmong Christians are estimated to make up 300,000 of the one million Hmong people in Vietnam. Over the last 30 years, increasing numbers of Hmong have converted to Christianity from the group’s traditional religion of animism (belief in the spirit world and the interconnectedness of all living things) […]