Gao Zhisheng – Speaking from My Heart

ChinaAid has published recently an unknown text of the Chinese Christian dissident Gao Zhsheng, who is emprisoned by the communist regime in China for his defense of human rights in that country.

This text, which was discovered not long ago by Gao’s wife among his papers, and was carried by her to the US, when she escaped from China, is an introduction to a text entitled ‘Dark Night, Dark Hood and Kidnapping by Dark Mafia‘, published in January 2009, in which Gao describes the terrible experience of is 50 days of torture, in 2007, during his first emprisonment.

The text of the introduction was published in the US just a few days before the visit of Chinese President, Hu Jintau to that country. Here is the text:

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Under Heaven’s watchful eye and in this vast free and civilized world, there is no evil that the Chinese Communist Party would recoil from or is incapable of. It is truly shocking!

Among 1.3 billion fellow citizens, my family is so bereft of support and helpless.

Prior to September 2007, there were only four people in all of China who refused to listen to the Chinese Communist Party and persisted in openly being friends with me. As a result, one of them is constantly being followed by the police and the other three were kidnapped in September and suffered brutal beatings and mental torture. In 2008, (AIDS activist and Buddhist believer) Hu Jia, who continued to refuse to heed the Party, was illegally detained. (Human rights activist) Huang Yan was kidnapped and imprisoned with Falungong practitioners where she suffered cruel torture. In addition, Huang saw and heard and with her own eyes and ears torture of Falungong adherents that was even more terrifying. Under the threat of torture, no one in China today dares to communicate openly with me.

Not only is it now extremely difficult for me to make my voice heard, but is also extremely dangerous. In the past three-plus years, the authorities invested a great deal of manpower, physical resources and funds, and employed the most merciless methods, to achieve their goal of silencing me. Even when I traveled out of town last November and stayed in a hotel, a policeman was in my very room, putting me under intimate surveillance. They have actually achieved their goal of  turning me into a living but useless thing. I often tell my wife Geng jokingly: “Six billion people live together in our global village, but our family is severed from the rest of the world.” Outsiders may feel that my family’s life is unspeakably miserable, but actually, it is my wife who has suffered the most. I am optimistic by nature, and I am a Christian. Even when I was tortured to near-death, the pain was only in the physical body. A heart that is filled with God has no room to entertain pain and suffering. I and my two children often loudly sing songs together, but my wife never joins us. All my efforts are insufficient to wipe out my wife’s suffering.

Her suffering is rooted in the fact that our daughter, Gege, cannot go to school. After she was forbidden to go to school, I also was in despair for a while, feeling that nothing could be more traumatic to me than this. Shocked and outraged, I continuously protested to the authorities. My wife, Geng He, is on the brink of a mental breakdown over this matter.

I’d like to take this opportunity to appeal to those friends on the mainland who still enjoy a certain measure of freedom to continue to show your concern for (human rights lawyer) Guo Feixiong, and to help his wife and children. Today, when the Communist Party’s hired thugs are everywhere, when our nation’s spirit has deteriorated into a rare state of stagnation,  we need heroes like Guo who fight for the people. These courageous heroes─Guo Feixiong, Hu Jia, (veteran dissident writer and blogger) Yang Tianshui, (blind legal activist) Chen Guangcheng, (democracy and human rights activist) Xu Wanping, (senior political activist) Wang Bingzhang and (China New Democracy Party founder) Guo Quan─who sacrifice and risk their lives to defend  religious freedom are the true hope of China. If we offer more help to them and their loved ones today, there will be less that we need to be ashamed of when our children and grandchildren look back on this chapter of history.

In today’s China, people know in their hearts that it is extremely dificult to live as a kind and moral person. Hu Jia’s fate further demonstrates this harsh reality of our society: it is not only difficult but also dangerous to be a morally righteous person. Since ancient times, people have long believed that kindness will be repaid with kindness, and evil with evil, but today, when the Communist Party’s culture has infiltrated into every aspect of practical life, this belief has been fatally destroyed.  In traditional Chinese society, people who cherished and protected virtue and kindness were everywhere, but in today’s China, the upholding of moral values and goodness has been swept away and uprooted. The Chinese communist regime has become the synonymous with immorality and evil.

China’s so-called economic miracle has been achieved at the price of this “fatal destruction.” What people are jumping for joy over is a superficial prosperity resulting from distorted economic progress. Meanwhile they turn a blind eye to the horrific damage to China’s environment and the reality that so far nearly 70 percent of Chinese have been placed in the inhumane situation of having no guarantee of any social rights whatsoever. In today’s China, villagers living in areas traditionally abundant in water resources have no water to drink, those living in traditional dairy farming areas have no milk to drink, farmers are afraid to eat their own harvests, and food manufacturers are afraid to eat their own food products. This already has been the reality for some time. People deceive themselves and insist that a deer is a horse. Calling what’s beautiful ugly and what’s ugly beautiful has already become fashionable in society. Meanwhile, in the midst of all this, the bad example set by the Chinese Communist Party of dishonesty and immorality is rampant.

Read HERE the rest of this text. And please continue to pray and act for the release of Gao Zhisheng.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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