Americans refusing to leave airport after Bibles seized

BEIJING (AP) -- A group of American Christians are refusing to leave an airport in China until they get their Bibles back.

Chinese officials confiscated more than 300 Bibles from the group Vision Beyond Borders when they arrived in the southwestern city of Kunming. The books are printed in Chinese and were found in checked baggage.

Four members of the Wyoming-based group spent Sunday night at the airport.

Bibles are printed at just one plant in China and are available in many bookstores. But the Chinese government prohibits proselytizing and is worried that if the spread of religion goes unchecked, believers might ultimately challenge the Communist Party's authority.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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