Friday, January 11, 2013

China's Christians, on social media, undaunted

LONDON (BP) -- Chinese Christians are sharing their faith on Weibo, China's giant state-regulated social network -- and some are beginning to challenge censorship by speaking out against religious persecution, according to a report by World Watch Monitor (formerly Compass Direct News).

When the Christian band Rainbow Come appeared on China's equivalent of "The X Factor," Christians turned to social networking to drum up votes for the band so their music could reach more Chinese, WWM recounts.

Within a few days, thousands of votes had been posted for Rainbow Come, according to China's Gospel Times, enough to propel them to a leading position in the seventh round of "Chinese Dream" on Zhejiang Television in early January. Such is the power of social networking -- even in China, which has officially banned Facebook and Twitter.


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