From the first day we opened our store we have had a policy that we won't carry any products from China because of the ongoing persecution and state-forced abortion policy. This of course leads to inconveniences when it comes to Nativity sets, statuary, many children's books and other products that seem to be almost exclusively made in China these days. In fact, we just found out last week that our brass Advent wreath supplier has switched production to China so we sent them all back.
Just in case you think that things in China aren't really that bad, read through our past posts on priest kidnappings, forced abortion, child abuse and other state sanctioned policies.
Yesterday I read this:
Shandong Province, Zibo City – The first week of October should be the happiest time for Chinese citizens, a celebratory holiday marking the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. For Qiao Ping’an and his wife Song, however, the week was marred by an injustice that led to a double tragedy—a mental breakdown and a death.
On October 2nd, Song was alone in her home in Zibo City (Gaoqing County, Heilizhai Town, Qiaojia Village) while her family was out in the field bringing in the fall harvest. A mother of 2 girls and nearly 6-months pregnant with their 3rd child, Song had no reason to believe that she was in any danger. After all, she had heard nothing from the Family Planning Police about her pregnancy, and it was a national holiday, when no government officials would be working. Yet, at 5pm that evening, 7 Family Planning officials arrived at her home, took her by force into a vehicle and drove her 100 kilometers away to Dongying Universal Love Women’s Hospital.
At the hospital, the officials violently tied Song down, confiscated her cell phone and stripped all of her clothes off. Because she was so resistant, they forcibly injected her with a sedative, then pressed her finger to sign the voluntary abortion consent form. They forcibly injected a needle into her womb with a poison to kill the baby and to induce labor. After this, they left her naked on the hospital bed and locked her in.
We just can't justify carrying "Kneeling Santa" no matter how sentimentally sappy it is when things like this are going on.