by Daniel Payne
Some state-sanctioned churches on the Chinese mainland are being forced to require attendees to scan their fingerprints and faces before entering service, as the communist surveillance state continues cracking down on religion in the country.
Parishioners at “three-self” churches, which are controlled by the state and remain one of the few official religious options for Christians in China, have reported that they are being forced to scan their fingers and submit to facial scans before being allowed to attend church.
An official with a local Christian council said that anyone who does not submit their bodily data to the new systems will be barred from attending church services in the future. A local church leader said that the sign-in systems function
“just like employees punch in at work.”