The New York Times reported yesterday that Gao Zhishenq, one of China’s most high profile human rights lawyers is “missing” after being taken into custody by the Chinese Communist government. Previously, he was taken into custody for 54 days and administered constant beatings and electro-shock. Mr. Zhishenq’s crime? He advocates for members of the “unofficial Christian Church” in China. (Members who are regularly oppressed for their faith.) The crux of the article is that China is less and less concerned with how other countries view their human rights violations because “of their new found economic prowess.” The article went on to say that America’s leverage on human rights began dissipating in 2001 after China was admitted to the world Trade Organization and Congress surrendered the right to review China’s human rights record before granting it favorable trade status… It was reported today that Barack Obama is committed to continuing trade with China. “Our future is going to be tied up with our ability to sell products all around the world, and China’s going to be one of our biggest markets,” Obama said. “For us to close ourselves off from that market would be a mistake.” …If I were president, because of the consistent human rights violations in China (forced abortions, Christians being tortured and killed…), I would push for an immediate moratorium on importing products from China across the board — until the human rights abuses ended. How we can let economics trump human rights is so antithetical to the Gospel message? I mean, c’mmon!