Attack on the Indian Christians

@mookhor (304)
India
September 28, 2008 10:11pm CST
Do you know how the innocent people having faith in Christianity in different provinces of India have been terrorized ? Do you know how the churches in the villages are being ransacked and burnt out and destroyed and how the preachers and the followers close to them are persecuted and even slaughtered ? Yes, in India. Yes, in the land of Mahatma Gandhee. People of the lowest run of the society, the tribals in special, are provided services by the agents of the churches. This is nothing new in India. And those agents have a target to convert those poor people to Christianity and this is also nothing new in India. And in India there is no law to check or stop such conversions. But a section of the self-proclaimed Hinduism because of their sheer political ambition has been engaged their different outfits to challenge the church in the villages. These outfit with arms and firearms are busy in the bloodshed. Are you aware of such affairs ? Still it is true that most of the Indians are against such hooliganism. Can you suggest any plan, short one or long one, so that this state of affair is changed and so that people are allowed live in peace ?
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
29 Sep 08
I know that many missionary agencies are making the Christians in America aware of these things, but it is sad to say that the liberal media establishment of America does not see fit to publicize this very much. As far as what to do about it, I am certainly not an expert in such matters but I do know that as a Christian, I will be praying for the Christians in India. My great-uncle was a missionary there for many years. I subscribe to "Send!" which is a magazine concerning the church in Asia. It is published by K.P. Yohanan's organization.
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@zatak07 (699)
• India
29 Sep 08
You're right we must pray for them for the peace of God among them.....
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• India
30 Sep 08
the liberal media in india put these in the front page. did you forget that. do you mean to say the media in india is partial and favour only hindus? that shows you are not presenting the facts in good light. if the american media did not highlight, that does not mean they are not aware of the problems. for them it doesnt matter anymore. by doing it they will invite more enemies than friends. the media in US knows how the methodists formed a group called "dot busters" to terrorise hindu women who sport a bindi. US is not a panacea of all ills affecting christian society else where in the world. missionaries here have to behave responsibily not crete trouble with others. if one forgets to respect the other, then one shold not complain about being insulted. missionaries seems to forget this. by the way conversion is not legal in india. do you think if people do not become christian they wil go to hell? then more than half the humanity should be going to hell.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
30 Sep 08
There is a major difference between being insulted for your beliefs and being killed for them. I respect that you know much more about what is happening in your country than I do. My point was that when Christians are being harmed anywhere in the world, the American media (which is overwhelmingly liberal) does not do much reporting on it. It is seen as rather unimportant in the scheme of things. I am sure that there is much going on in your country that we are totally ignorant of. The average American tends to concentrate mainly on domestic matters.
@zatak07 (699)
• India
29 Sep 08
It is such a horrendous & an ultra-violence meted out to Christians in various places of India & I blame BJP , VHP, RSS,BJD & their allies..it must be part of their cynical movement so called " Hindutva Movement". They try to justified their acts by accusing Christians for conversion of the Hindus to Christians but indeed accor to stats, the population of Christians are decreasing in the last two decades which ultimately proves them wrong ( to be rational i don't blame the whole community of Hindus). This kind of situation occurs when parochial outlook of the few fundamentalist are remain unchecked so this resurgence of fundamentalist have to be stop at any cost.
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• India
30 Sep 08
both missionaries and bajrangis are to be equally blamed for this mess. both groups are not innocent. i am saying this because this happened in my locality wherein a korean national who came to preach uttered such filthy language at those gathered and insulted hindu faith, he was thrashed and was handed over to police for hate mongering. even in police station this person was not still uttering the same abusive language that he had to be warned and put on the next flight to his home country. the same happened with a american methodist bishop at kerala. there were enough provocative actions from missionaries which resulted in violence and loss of life of innocents. conversion is not legal in india. one cannot be induced to convert into another faith. most missionaries do engage in these illegal activity which is bound to anger the majority community. if this can be avoided, then no such problems will happen. nowhere in the scene RSS or BJP was involved. their ideology does not fit with Bajrang Dal and VHP. recent attacks in karnataka was pure work of Bajrang Dal has nothing to do with the party in power. congress party and janata dal were also there adding fuel to fire. just read what they commented to media and press after the attacks. it seems they were in full knowledge of what is going to happen and how prepared they were for the press conferences with archbhishop and other church organisations. its not just hindu fanaticism that has to stopped at this juncture, even christian & muslim fanaticism also has to be stopped at all costs. fanaticism is what it is, doesnt matter who is involved in it. what happens now is to blame the other for all troubles. and passing the buck.
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• India
30 Sep 08
very good post. i liked the way you described it. also while writing these things you should have taken pains to look back deeper into the problems why such things happen in india? do you believe the christian missionaries are harmless lot and do just preach word of god and no conversion. these things happened not out of think air. and let me emphasise here that i am not supporting any of those VHP or Bajrang Dal whom most christians love to paint with a black brush at the drop of a hat. conversion of faith is one kind of heinous act and an indecent one. it is equal to stealing for the sake of stealing. this happened many times. there is a law which states very clearly that conversion is unlawful. apart from this many books that has portrayed personalities from hindu mythology in bad light. this has been going on for a long time and there is a limit to anybody's patience. when conversion is unlawful, those engaged in it is doing unlawful activities. when the central government which has enacted this law turns blind eye, that naturally send wrong signal. religion has always been a sensitive issue any where in the world. be it india, arabia, vatican or US, canda, UK. activities of missionaries were always viewd with suspicion. if they were preching good things then they should limit it to that, but when they get down to insulting anothers faith these kinds of incidents do happen and innocent lives will be lost. the amount of money spent on media publicity is such that if the same money had been spent on the welfare of the converted people,, they would have got a better life. the converted tribals still live in the same hut, same unhealthy conditions for decades without any kind of change. by converting they should have been accorded the same status as any other normal christians. but that is not the case. they are still at the lowest rung of the society. what kind of change are these people effecting in their life by just changing the name of the god they worship. do you think that god has a particular name? its only ignorants who believe that god has a name and he has to be worshipped on certain days and he has to be sought through a holy father etc. majority of christian missionaries come from the southern state of kerala. most of these christians are the early converts. their jealousy knows no bounds. spreading rumours, hatred never goes unnoticed. you must be wondering if you carefully read the name of those priests in the areas affected. you will find most of them are from this particular state. i know them and their characteristics very well, because i am also from the same place. recently during the bird flu, priests and nuns in kerala went to the extent of telling people in hospitals that they are affected because they worship hindu gods and goddesses. if things like this happen, then violence is bound to happen. but violence cannot be justified as the only way to solve problems. had the hindus been very violent no christian, no muslim or of any other faith would have survived in india. but these minorities do have every right as the majority hindus have. they should be thankful to hindus for these privilages. violence erupted simply because there was instigation by missionaries and bajrang dal and otehr hindu extremist organizations retaliated. nothing happens without a cause. in the mele what is forgotten is the innocent lives lost and rendered them homelss, destitutes and orphans. praying in god's name is not an answer to problems in society. if people have to live in trust, then truth has to be taught. simply following an outdated scripture will not bring divinity into man. respecting one anothers faith is something all religions have forgotten to teach. their preaching is without values common to mankind. untill such a thing happens, these misgivings will not go away. lets hope that no more violence happens and peace is restored.
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