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Improbable events

History | Why the Cold War ended without nuclear disaster
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/01/18, 10:33 am

Thirty years have gone by since Ronald Reagan in 1988 spoke to students at Moscow State University. At a time when the Soviet Communist Party still claimed to be the vanguard of wisdom, Reagan said, “Freedom is the recognition that no single governmental authority has a monopoly on the truth, but that every individual life is infinitely precious.”

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Scriptures out of stock

China | Bible sales restrictions at online retailers in China are part of the Communist government’s effort to control religion
by June Cheng
Posted 4/12/18, 03:00 pm

A search on China’s online retail giant Taobao can help you find items you didn’t think you needed. You can find a snack bowl with grooves to hold your iPhone, a rain poncho that covers two people and a scooter, or a laser-beam taillight for your bike that projects emojis onto the road.

One thing you can no longer find on Taobao: the Bible, the holy Word of God.

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China makes ‘major change’ in religious freedom oversight

International | Government transfers control of the Religious Affairs Bureau to the Communist Party
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/23/18, 12:09 pm

CHINA: As part of far-reaching “reforms” under President Xi Jinping, China has transferred direct control of the Religious Affairs Bureau from the Council of State to the Communist Party Central Committee. Hong Kong commentator Ying Fuk-tsang called it a “major change”:

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