Not Watching… I’m not watching!

They can’t make me. I am going to do my best to avoid any and all Olympic coverage (OK, I did look at some of the fashion high and low lights from the Opening Ceremonies). I went and brought down a thread on everyone’s favorite events at Pastor Pete’s blog. I want to expound on why I’m not watching.

2 years ago in Torino when they said the Olympics would be held in China, I was very apprehensive. I knew about the abusive government: oppression of speech, persecution of minortiries – ethnic and religious, ignored sweat shop labor, violence in Tibet… I could go on. Then they rounded up all the cats in Beijing to kill them as some attempt to “prevent disease”. They scared the populace so badly, people were getting rid of their pets – not just the feral cats. Did they miss that whole European Black Plague history lesson?

Jen put it this way for those of us who are believers – with the Chinese Government’s continued repression and violence against our brothers and sisters in Christ, to view these games would be like Jews watching the Berlin Games with Hitler in power.

Voice of the Martyrs carries stores about the oppression of Christians around the world. How blessed we are to live in the US. Get down on your knees, thank and worship God for where you were born. Intercede on behalf of our brothers and sisters around the world who are facing persecution and possible death for our faith.

Write and encourage a prisoner today. VOM’s site will give you phrases in the native language along with an address to send it to. It costs less than a dollar. I am sure the encouragement will be priceless.

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5 comments

  1. Dante · August 10, 2008

    To hell with the Olympics. I’m already hooked to the CNN/BBC broadcasts on the situation in Georgia. They are offering a suprisingly non anti-western coverage.

  2. kimbatch · August 11, 2008

    I don’t support a boycott and I want the Beijing Olympics to be a success.

    But the Games are a chance, while the world is watching, to press China for change.

    Without change China will carry on executing more of its citizens than any other country in the world, it will continue censoring the media and the Internet and it will continue locking up and torturing those who try to stand up for their rights and the rights of others.

    It isn’t political. To stand up for human rights is to stand up for the values enshrined in the Olympic Charter.

    http://www.uncensor.com.au

  3. Jonnelle · August 11, 2008

    Kim,

    If I believed that China would change via the international stage that the Olympics presents and if countries would actually pressure China to change, then I would agree with you.

    However, they have become more restrictive – limiting speech and internet access, arresting a Christian pastor on his way to church Sunday morning because he *might* speak to President Bush.

    Also, the only nation to even give any serious lip service to pulling out was France and they caved to international pressure TO participate.

  4. Katherine Coble · August 11, 2008

    I wish I could say I wasn’t watching for a good reason. I just hate the Olympics, period.

  5. Jonnelle · August 11, 2008

    LOL! 🙂

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