Christian Defense Coalition Supports Biden Administration’s Efforts To Boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics

by christiannewsjournal
Rev. Bill Devlin (L) and Rev. Patrick Mahoney (R) pray in Hong Kong in November 2019.

It would be unconscionable for America and the free nations of the world to participate in the Beijing Games while China is committing genocide against the Uyghur people and for persecuting their own citizens.

Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition in Washington, D.C., has been an outspoken critic of the human rights abuses in China for over 40 years. In 2008, he was involved in an effort to boycott the Beijing Summer Olympics and was arrested in Tiananmen Square (pictured above) during the Olympics speaking out for human rights. He was threatened with six months in prison and is currently banned from China.

He is asking the Biden Administration to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

“China is committing genocide against the Uyghur [people], oppressing Hong Kong, bulldozing churches, persecuting religious minorities and crushing free speech and human rights against their own citizens,” said Mahoney.
America and the world should not give the Chinese Communist Party an international propaganda platform before billions of people worldwide through the Olympic Games.

“How can we honor a country where Uyghur’s are living in concentration and forced labor camps, Hong Kong democracy leaders are sitting in prison with no bail, Christian Churches are bulldozed, political and religious dissidents are daily being brutalized and persecuted and so many more human rights atrocities?”

The Christian Defense Coalition asked NBC not to broadcast the Beijing Olympics in 2022. “They are warning that the Chinese regime will use NBC to boost its own image and cover up its human rights abuses.”

China was condemned by both the Trump and Biden administrations to be genocidal against the Uyghur people.

“Independent experts estimate that between 900,000 and 1.8 million Uighur, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and other Muslims have been detained in more than 1,300 concentration camps in Xinjiang- an estimate revised upward since the previous reporting period.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement that China was committing “crimes against humanity.”

The U.S., U.K. and Canada all introduced sanctions “as a coordinated effort” by the European Union, BBC reported.

This included travel bans and “targeting senior officials in Xinjiang who have been accused of serious human rights violations against Uighur Muslims.”

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—By CNJ Staff

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