The L.A. Times has dutifully sent a reporter to Wenzhou. So has the BBC. Both have come up with on-the-scene articles.
The practical application of the negotiated settlement between local officials and local Christians in Wenzhou started being enforced today in China.
A local official thinks the cross on top of a new huge church is too big and that Christianity is spreading too fast. So, of course, tearing down the cross will solve everything.
Wrecking crews are said to have showed up at the church in Wenzhou as state media in Beijing continues to be the only outlet covering this story.
The Wenzhou story continues to simmer. On Thursday, state media in the form of the Beijing-based Global Times weighed in with an official denial.
A friend who spent time evangelizing in China during the last decade recalls a meeting with a 90+ year-old survivor of the Cultural Revolution, a devout Catholic. Asked about religion today, the old man, in excellent English would only say "they control....they control."
If I were Mr. Party head in the province who provoked this mess I'd clear out my desk and make up two envelopes for my successor. One which is numbered 1 and inside has a piece of paper that says "blame me" and the other numbered 2 with a piece of paper inside that says "make up two envelopes."