How the Coronavirus Outbreak Impacts Religious Freedom in China


With the world’s focus now turned to containing the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic, let’s not forget that religious persecution continues unabated. While one would think that the Chinese communist regime’s attentions have become consumed by disease mitigation, that hasn’t been shown to be the case at all. If anything, the CCP has used the outbreak as an excuse to increase social surveillance, police oppression, and censorship—including of religious believers like Falun Gong practitioner.

In this episode of American Thought Leaders, Nadine Maenza explores the relationship between the pandemic and religious persecution in China. Maenza is the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.