Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Police in riot gear barricaded the front doors of the Christian school and arrested the pastor who led the school. It was eventually shut down the other week. Crosses have been torn from churches and persecution of religious sects have intensified—not in the U.S. but in China. The Chinese communist government revised its policy on religious freedom and believers are suffering the consequences for rejecting the party line. In China, the state is supreme and the ultimate authority. This contrasts with our nation, where the government is under God. China may seem a world away but the idea of religious freedom is near and dear to us, something protected by our First Amendment. It's our first freedom and one we dare not take for granted.