Christianity, Evangelism & its geopolitical impact

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Postby A_Gupta » 11 May 2015 21:15

Jakob de Roover:
http://www.firstpost.com/world/uncirf-h ... 37900.html

Striking about this year’s report, however, is its claim that incidents of religiously-motivated and communal violence have ‘reportedly’ increased for three consecutive years in India. “According to Muslim and Christian NGOs that track communal incidents,” it adds, “2014 statistics, yet to be released by the ministry, will be likely higher” than the 823 incidents recorded in 2013.

What is so remarkable about this? Well, the Indian home ministry’s official data about communal incidents for 2014 give a very different picture. The number of incidents saw a significant decrease to 644 in 2014.



This government would never dream of putting its own country on its watch lists, even though there are good reasons to do so. For instance, to identify “countries of particular concern,” the USCIRF uses the standard of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), which defines “particularly severe” violations of religious freedom as “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom, including violations such as—(a) torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment; (b) prolonged detention without charges; (c) causing the disappearance of persons by the abduction or clandestine detention of those persons; or (dD) other flagrant denial of the right to life, liberty, or the security of persons.”

This reads like a laundry list of the American government’s war on terror.


Both the conceptual language and the style of collecting evidence of the USCIRF go way back to the foundations of religious freedom in theology. The notion of Christian freedom is perhaps the core theological value of Protestant Christianity. Basically, it says the following: no human being has authority in the religious sphere, for only the biblical God can rule there. Therefore, the state cannot interfere in matters of religion. Each conscience – the faculty that conveys to humanity the will of its Sovereign Creator – should always be free, for no man possesses the knowledge required to decide when another’s conscience truly discloses God’s will or when it succumbs to Satan’s seductive whispers.

The USCIRF’s annual reports reflect these deep-seated religious concerns of Protestant Christianity. Take its vehement rejection of anti-conversion legislation in India as a violation of religious freedom. This derives from the Christian belief that every individual should be free to turn towards the true God at all times and that this can be done only by converting from false to true religion. For the US commission, this freedom to follow one’s own conscience always overrides other concerns – say, for instance, the worry often voiced in India that Christian missionary activity constitutes aggression upon the traditions, sensitivities, and harmony of a community.

Why? Well, protecting individual religious freedom has to do with safeguarding the right of every person to follow the will of the true God, which supersedes any issue that is merely human, such as the peace or stability of some social group. Hence, the fact that missionary work involves abusing the Hindu traditions as ‘false religion’ or their devas and devis as ‘false gods’ is considered much less problematic than putting restrictions on conversion. The fact that converts often insult the traditions to which they previously belonged is irrelevant when compared to the individual’s freedom of religion. The fact that family and community life are severely disrupted because of proselytisation is a trivial detail in the face of the eternal human choice between true and false religion, between God and the devil.

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continued
According to Protestantism, heathen religions like that of India always tyrannise the human spirit. Inspired by the devil, they are characterised by their violation of Christian religious freedom. Therefore, the story continues, ‘Hinduism’ aims to stifle the soul and subordinate the conscience to human authority (through its caste system, for instance). Stripped of their overtly theological elements, such beliefs entered American common sense and popular discourse about India and her traditions. This story about ‘Hinduism’ makes it all the more obvious to the Americans (and to others who accept this story, such as the Indian secularists) that the freedom to escape from this religion should be safeguarded at all cost.

Little wonder then that factual evidence is of secondary concern to the USCIRF. The background framework within which it works is a scarcely secularised Protestant religious doctrine. According to the self-understanding of this doctrine, it derives from the Bible, the one true Word of the one true God. When 19th-century Protestants travelled to India, they did not need factual evidence to know that false religion would rule the roost and deny religious freedom to its followers. God had disclosed this. The US commission claims no such divinely inspired foreknowledge. Still, it also knows in advance what it should and will find in Indian society. Thus, it has no problem privileging the claims of Christian leaders and NGOs, other minority spokesmen, and mainstream newspapers – ignoring the perspectives of a plethora of other groups, thinkers and the media. And, oh yes, any evidence to the contrary must be the result of human tampering, such as the home ministry’s bias and Hindu nationalist cover-ups.

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Postby sanjaykumar » 11 May 2015 23:04

The background framework within which it works is a scarcely secularised Protestant religious doctrine. According to the self-understanding of this doctrine, it derives from the Bible, the one true Word of the one true God.


I see no problem in Hindus converting en masse, only this needs to be demonstrated as self evident.

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Postby Prem » 12 May 2015 00:02

So what about the Hindus and the Muslims and so forth? And what about the Christians who don’t believe all the right things about God? If they have gained the trust in God’s grace to look straight at truth without flinching, then eternity with God will be heaven to them. Otherwise, it will be hell. Maybe for some, it will start off in hell and grow more heavenly. I don’t see any reason to presume that God can’t keep on trying to change hearts for all of eternity. My trust in God’s grace involves an explicit relationship with a savior named Jesus. But if God has other names and methods ( He became Hindu in Thought) he uses in other religions and cultures, who am I to stop him? It doesn’t matter how many evangelicals would call me a heretic for saying that.


http://www.patheos.com/blogs/mercynotsa ... ay-heresy/

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Postby sanjaykumar » 12 May 2015 00:06

Ah yes gateway heresies, like Yoga and meditation, vegetarianism and the ecology movement. Hippies redux and scepticism too?

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Postby chetak » 12 May 2015 08:38

Those unconvinced about credentials of desert god are singing about the glory of Amrithdhara,



10/05/2015
GSK Menon

I was watching Surya TV Malayalam channel, when I saw a shocking title of a Christian Fellowship Centre program, which was titled "Amrithdhara" !

Do these people have any belief in Amrithdhara ? What is Amrithdhara ?, Amrith is the nectar that emerged as a result of the churning of the Milky Ocean referred to in Hindu Scriptures. "Dhara" is the anointment from head to toe of Hindu deities in temples by different substances. Therefore "Amrithdhara" has nothing to do with foreign faiths and beliefs. Yet, the converts are forced to subscribe to doctrines, beliefs, customs and rituals which are anathema to the desert religion. Read the foreign scripture, it starts with a stern warning by different desert tribal gods who admonish that they should not be worshiped in the Heathen/Pagan mannert . Yet, here we find evangelists forcing converts to use Hindu lamps, Dhwajastambham (which represents the Spine of the deity inside the sanctum sanctorum. These desert religions claim that they do not believe in idol worship, I want to know which desert god's spine is now protruding in front of churches ? ).

This is what Obama and the Pope need to be told, Ghar Wapsi is a natural phenomenon caused by the deep disgust at having been tricked into accepting a foreign faith. Why worship fake foreigners ? if foreign gods are happy and overjoyed by Hindu customs & rituals, then it shows the superiority of Hinduism. What is wrong in falsely deluded converts wanting to correct their mistake and reverting to their ancient faith ? If Obama and the Pope comes to Kerala and sees the overpowering influence of Hindu rituals and customs in churches, I will not be surprised if they also opt for Hinduism.

Narendra Modi should invite Obama and the Pope to come and personally see how enamoured the converts are about Hinduism. The American Ambassador to India Mr.Richard Verma was talking to CNN IBN TV Channel about religious tolerance. He should come to Kerala and see for himself whether it is the Hindus who are forcing the converts to adopt Hindu practices ? I dare any christian padre or bishop to claim that it was the Hindus who forced them to adopt Hindu practices in their churches ?

Christian hypocrisy should stop, everybody can see through their fraudulent motives. At least Muslims are honorable in that sense, they never steal or borrow from other religions. They are firm in their beliefs and customs. Those who doubt their faith, use practices, icons, and rituals of other religions, they are the ones who are atheists and fence sitters. They are the one's singing about the glory of Amrithdhara, the doubters, unbelievers and those unconvinced about the credentials of the desert god.

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Postby Anindya » 12 May 2015 12:13

Odisha officials ‘nudge’ Dalit family to convert !

A Dalit BPL family from Rengalapadu village in Dunduli panchayat under Kolnara block has levelled serious charges against the Tehsildar and Block Development Officer (BDO) of luring them to convert to Christianity to have ‘good times’.

A Dalit woman has approached the district administration with a host of complaints against Kolnara Tehsildar, Bernadutta Lakra and BDO Shantiprava Pradhan following which a probe has been ordered.

The landless, economically backward family ran from pillar to post to avail the benefits of various social welfare schemes launched by the government. It had been making futile approaches to the officials of the Kolnara Tehsil office before meeting the Tehsildar. She pleaded before the official to be given benefits including providing land patta, considering her frail financial status.

The Tehsildar, Bernadutta Lakra, allegedly told the lady member of the Dalit family Nilandri Nag that all the welfare schemes would be at her doorsteps if only the family converts to Christianity. Lakra allegedly told her that she would be provided permanent land patta for Indira Away Yojna (IAY) homes and other benefits.

“The BDO told me that we should convert to Christianity considering our financial condition. ‘You have a son and a daughter. Think of their future. If you convert to Christianity the future of your children will be secured. A savings account will be opened in your name and you will be eligible to avail all the social security benefits, the BDO said’, Nilendri told media persons.

Nilandri detailed the inveiglement attempt to the District Collector at the grievance redressal cell recently.

“We are Hindus since generations and we won’t convert to any other religion at any cost, even for financial benefits,” Nilandri was quoted as saying.

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Postby chetak » 13 May 2015 08:29

Seven Evangelical media networks active in India




Seven Evangelical media networks active in India

Listing out seven Evangelical media networks active in India.

IndiaFacts Staff @indiafactsorg

Persecution & Proselytisation | 12-05-2015



1. CBN India

Headquartered in Gurgaon (Delhi-NCR), the Christian Broadcasting Network claims it reaches across the country sharing the good news of the Gospel coupled with giving assistance to those in need to “one and all without any discrimination of faith, opportunity or status.”

Pat Robertson, founder and Chairman of CBN says, “The events of recent days around the world, remind us that we are living in tumultuous times! Yet in spite of global unrest and uncertainty, and relentless division and rancor…. we can lead successful prosperous and meaningful lives, no matter what this world brings our way.”

CBN also sponsors television programmes, which besides documenting the work of CBN Foundation also propagates tales of people who allegedly overcame life’s many problems with the extraordinary strength of faith (in Christ).

These programmes are telecast in four Indian languages:

Hindi: ‘Ek Nayee Zindagi‘
Punjabi: ‘Ik Navi Zindagi‘
Telugu: ‘Nireekshana‘
Bengali: ‘Samadhan‘

It is clear that this is an overt propaganda as it paints humanitarian activities in Christian hues, and the TV hosts asking the participants to offer prayers over live broadcast. These shows are broadcasted on television channels like Sony TV.

CBN also makes good use of technology as it has interactive games for children titled ‘Bible Games.’ CBN and its chief Pat Robertson have in the past branded Hindus as devil worshippers and have called for mass-scale conversions.

On 23 March 1995, Robertson in his television program “The 700 Club” said this about Indians:

“I feel that these beautiful people, they are so hungry for God. You know this is the largest democracy in the world, over a billion people, and perhaps this would be considered the most religious country on earth. But they are looking for the wrong God. I believe they are open to Jesus, and my hope is to see 100 million Indians come to the Lord Jesus Christ in the next few years.”

In this video, Pat Robertson cautions against participation in Yoga and seems to think that “Hindu” is a language. And in this video we see Robertson interviewing Dr. Paul Dhinakaran who is the Vice-Chancellor of Karunya University (a Deemed University located in Coimbatore) about his ministry in India. Dinakaran claims even BJP Chief Ministers welcome him to organize ‘miracle shows.’

From a 1995 edition of Hinduism Today:

The March 23rd episode details Robertson’s conversion of some Hindu people of Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh, India, to the Christian religion. In the course of the show, Robertson makes shameful, unChristian accusations against the Hindu faith, the world’s oldest religion. When contacted, Mr. Robertson’s office told us he was “unavailable for comment.”

To begin, Robertson’s experiences in Rajahmundry are described by a narrator. The scene is of a poverty-stricken people, bathing in the river at the head of which rests a statue of Lord Siva. Water is pouring out of Siva’s head and a snake is wrapped around his head as well.

Robertson and his son are found in the midst of the scene, observing and mocking the early morning prayers of Hindus. As they witness the scene, they make incorrect reference to the river as “Siva’s sperm,” and claim that the people “were supposed to wash away their sins in the sperm of the God.”

Robertson goes on to characterize Hinduism as having evil tendencies toward random spiritual worship and polytheism. Mr. Robertson’s son and fellow evangelist, Gordon, stated disparagingly, “Whenever [Hindus] feel any sort of inspiration, whether it’s by a river or under a tree, on top of a hill, they figure that some God or spirit is responsible for that.

And so they’ll worship that tree, they’ll worship that hill or they’ll worship anything.” What was even more regrettable was Robertson’s assertion of some connection between idol worship and the poverty in India. Robertson does not deny his son’s claim that “Wherever you find this type of idolatry, you’ll find a grinding poverty. The land has been cursed.”

But if the argument of poverty as the curse of India is not enough for the American audience of “The 700 Club,” they next hear Hinduism boldly labeled “demonic.” Robertson says, “Siva [is] the God of Destruction, and his consort, the Goddess of death [Kali] — that black, ugly statue there with all those fierce eyes.”

He then suggests that the evil tendencies of death and destruction can be found in those who worship the deities: “I mean these people are out to kill other human beings in the name of their God.”

Pat Robertson also heads the Regent University which trains Indian Christians in the methods of gaining more and more converts. In doing so these graduates are often seen demeaning indigenous traditions.CBN has consistently backed Evangelicals in the Republican Party and many members like Mike Huckabee are open about this association.

2. BosNewsLife

This is Central Europe’s first Christian News Agency which publishes overtly communal and distorted news items about India.A few representative samples would suffice to illustrate its agenda:

i. India Police Attack Christian Missionaries

ii. Former Jailed Widow Evangelist Dies In India

iii. Christians Injured In India Church Attack

iv. India Police Detain Christians After Killing of Pastor

Even after police investigations have proved that these were misleading and fraudulent reports, the aforementioned news items have not been corrected. BosNewsLife also provides atrocity literature on caste violence to a neutral-sounding institution namedOxford Centre for Religion and Public Life, headed by an Evangelical academic named Rev’d Canon Dr. Vinay K. Samuel.

3. Gegrapha

This organization of journalists all over the world seek to “build fellowships of Christians in newsrooms around the world, strengthen them in their profession, and encourage others to join them.”

Gegrapha has chapters in the United States and across the world and offers annual conferences, opportunities for mentorship, and prayer support.

Gegrapha began as a small prayer group in the mid-1980s when a group of Christians working for several media outlets in Washington, D.C. gathered to pray for the life of Terry Anderson. Anderson was the one-time bureau chief for the Associated Press who was taken hostage by the extremist group Hezbollah and held in captivity until 1991.

By that time, the group had become organized and started functioning as a network. David Aikman, then a senior correspondent for Time magazine, termed this network Gegrapha in 2002. David Aikman is a Christian fundamentalist who believes that:

As journalists all over the world, many of us operate in cultures which either do not acknowledge truth to exist or are hostile to those who claim that it exists and can be known. In this climate, we need to remind ourselves that we serve a King [i.e. Jesus] who embodies both truth and justice, and who indeed is the truth (John 14 : 6).

During the 1999 General Elections in India, NDTV journalist Jennifer Arul was featured prominently at the Gegrapha International Conference in England, where she said:

The burning of a missionary, the rape of nuns, the destruction of churches, the assault on a priest, are ominous signals to Christians of all denominations…. How many perpetrators against the Christian community in Indian have been brought to book? Commissions of inquiry are appointed but very little comes out of them. Action? Seldom! A true picture or a report objectively and dispassionately, to be correct and impartial. It is no wonder that those who try to do their Christian duty are branded as activists. Talking of activists, three days before I left Chennai I met John Dayal, the editor of the midday newspaper, based in Delhi. He has involved himself in the United Christian Council, which is currently involved in telling Christians about various anti-Christian activities around India, activities which, as a journalist, he obviously is privy to. We are due to have our general election during the month of September and the information he gave at that meeting was most valuable. I heard him and I also saw the reaction from the six hundred organizations that were represented…. Christian media persons like ourselves have to use the power we have to influence.

On another occasion she clearly stated that she prioritized her Christian identity over that of a journalist:

Do we believe we are journalists first and foremost and only then does the Christian label get tagged on? It’s a tricky question and one that needs thinking about. As for me, I believe that being a Christian journalist puts me in a uniquely privileged position to bring the truth, as I see it, to my 375 millions viewers who are of course the public Square.

Stephen David is another Gegrapha member who is the principal correspondent on political and current affairs for India Today. The impressions that are created internationally by these Indian Christian journalists, is that Hindus terrorize Christians, and therefore, foreign intervention is necessary for justice for Christians in India.

4. Mission News network

An Evangelical news channel which paints India as a hostile rogue nation.

The oppressive caste system is blocking social mobility. Economic wealth is unevenly distributed. A new Hindu government (in power since May 2014 and led by Hindu hardliner Narendra Modi) is radicalizing society. All traditions of Christianity are affected by persecution in India, but Christian converts from a Hindu background and non-traditional Protestant groups are suffering most. At the top level the influence of fundamentalist Hindus has increased. Hindu radicals have started monitoring Christian activity in much detail. Many of them have planted spies in churches. Reports on pastors and church members beaten because of allegations of conversion are frequent; sometimes Christians are even killed.

Its website named OpenDoors ranks India at #21 in the list of countries “where Christians face the most persecution.” It has put India on a “Watch List.” Open Doorsalso has elaborate statistics and fairly detailed information about the political system of India, demographics, economics, and an entire fact sheet on India.

Also, interestingly, the first item on its “Prayer Points” reads thus:

For Christian converts to stand strong against those who are trying to force a return to Hinduism.[Emphasis added]

5. The Voice of the Martyrs

The Voice of the MartyrsThe Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) claims that its organization is dedicated to “assisting our persecuted family worldwide”where “family” means Christians. It is actually an umbrella of several related Christian organizations “started through the influence of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand”and has presence in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.Its website also describes VOM as a “family of missions .collectively called the International Christian Association (ICA).” It runs the innocuously named website, persecution.com and makes no bones about its agenda. It even offers to smuggle Bibles to what it calls “captive nations”:

Christians residing in restricted nations are often denied access to Bibles. This fund helps VOM print and smuggle Bibles to believers—in their own language—who would otherwise live their lives without ever reading the word of God.

6. North India Harvest Network (NIHN)



The stated mission of this network is “Plug, Prem and be Nice” where:

Plug= People in every Language in every urban centre in every geographic division.

Prem= Prayer,Research, Equipping & training and Mobilisation

Nice=Networking, Initiative, Catalyst and Encouraging the missionaries.

This mission statement-cum-tactics have been put into proper use by other groups like the Seventh Day Adventists. Their activities in India started with the Canadian national, D.R. Watts, President for the South Asian Division of Seventh Day Adventists, who had been residing in India on a Business Visa.

When Watts arrived in India in 1997, the Seventh Day Adventist Church had a membership of 2.25 lakhs. Within five years of his arrival, membership shot up to seven lakhs.

Helping the Adventists in their activities is the Maranatha Volunteers International, a non-profit organization based in Sacramento, California which has two main goals. The first is to provide buildings needed for Seventh-day Adventist Churches around the world and, at the same time, to provide opportunities for mission volunteers.

These groups achieved their greatest success in the Ongole municipality in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh. Here, according to Pastor Michael Ryan, director of Global Mission (the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s international outreach department), some 100 Global Mission pioneers completed training and baptized 50 villages surrounding Ongole beginning in September 2000.

7. Assist News Service (ANS)

An evangelical channel known to have links with the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America (FIACONA), which often acts as a pressure group asking the US government to interfere in the internal matters of India.

FIACONA has a controversial history as this news item shows:

A former President of the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations of North America (FIACONA) was arrested and charged with battery after he attempted to choke a demonstrator at a rally protesting the government control of temples in India.

Jayachand Pallekonda, 62, of 4110 Potter, Des Plaines, was charged with battery after he allegedly choked a demonstrator with his hands outside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 9301 Bryn Mawr Ave. at 5:39 p.m. May 6.

Click here to watch the former President of FIACONA getting handcuffed by the Rosemont Police. It happens a minute and 13 seconds into the video.

ANS also has links with the infamous Gospel for Asia (read IndiaFacts exposes on Gospel for Asia), which published a news report on ANS as recently as three days ago (Note: IndiaFacts has captured a screenshot of the said news report in case ANS takes it down). The report details how various Churches in India are playing a huge role in the deadly earthquake that has devastated Nepal:

Members from many GFA-supported churches in India are responding unconditionally to the disastrous April 25 earthquake in Nepal with widespread prayer, fasting, generous giving, clothing and food drives, as well as sending relief teams to help restore their neighboring country… Their actions demonstrate the strength of the Christian church in South Asia… Among those responding are Believers Church congregations in the Uttar Pradesh region of northern India…. One of the most generous responses is being organized in Delhi…Gospel for Asia-supported Believers Churches in Kolkata have contributed enough donations to set a goal of rebuilding at least 100 homes, providing rations to 200 families for two to three weeks, and providing for children’s educational needs… Numerous churches have already been involved in fasting and prayer, such as in Bihar, which called for a three-day period of special fasting and prayer for God’s grace… Church-wide observances are scheduled for May 8 in Delhi and May 12 in Udaipur.

Gospel for Asia has served the church in Nepal for more than 25 years. [Emphasis added]

This is just the latest episode that shows the extent of penetration that Gospel for Asia has managed to achieve in North and East India, and shows how well-networked it is, for example, by utilizing ANS as a media platform.

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Postby wig » 14 May 2015 14:54

Jacob Zuma blames Christianity for South Africa's problems
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religio ... blems.html
Jacob Zuma is at the centre of a religious storm in South Africa after reportedly blaming the introduction Christianity in the 19th century for the continent's current problems.
Mr Zuma, South Africa's first Zulu president, told an event in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal that Christianity brought about "orphans" and "old-age homes" thereby destroying Africa's traditions, according to South Africa's Times newspaper.
"As Africans, long before the arrival of religion and [the] gospel, we had our own ways of doing things," he said.
"Those were times that the religious people refer to as dark days but we know that, during those times, there were no orphans or old-age homes. Christianity has brought along these things."
Mr Zuma's office later issued a statement saying that his comments had been reported in a "misleading manner" and were aimed at ensuring South Africans do not neglect African culture.
"While we should embrace western culture and Christianity, we should not neglect the African ways of doing things," said Mac Maharaj, presidency spokesman.

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Postby svenkat » 14 May 2015 16:06

http://www.charismanews.com/world/34069-jesus-well-winning-converts
Desperate for a solution, the slum community asked local officials to install a local water facility, but their pleas were useless. Like the other 163 million people in South Asia with no clean water source, they struggled each day for life’s most basic essential.

That was the way life was, and the way it was always going to be—that is, until the day some people from the slum met a man named Maahir.

The slum-dwellers had often opposed what Mahir, a Gospel for Asia-supported pastor, stood for, but after years of having everyone ignore their needs, they couldn’t resist his offer to hear their problems.

The pastor listened intently, and rather than dismissing them, he actually offered a solution. He knew people who would happily provide a well just for them.

It seemed impossible, but true to his word, Pastor Maahir brought a crew to the slum, and they drilled a Jesus Well where it was available to everyone.

Now, working people like Aadesh could quickly get clean water in the morning without being late to their jobs. And because the well was open all day and night, women could draw all the water they needed—whenever they needed it.


In thousands of villages, God is using Jesus Wells to show His mercy and change the hearts of those set against Him, but millions still wait.

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Postby svenkat » 18 May 2015 20:10

Christianity & Naga Political Identity

Thomas is critical of a particular theological perspective, produced by American and Naga Baptist missionaries that mediated this identity formation. This theological perspective is based on a particular interpretation of Christianity based on a fundamentalist variety of Evangelical Christianity that emphasizes “ahistorical and fundamentalist reading of the Bible; solely interested in questions of personal sin, morality and salvation; aggressively exclusive in relating with secular ideologies and other religious faiths; and yet supportive of preserving the existing status quo” (p. 10). This kind of fundamentalist, evangelica understanding imposes a particular religious identity on national identity “wherein being an evangelical Christian increasingly becomes a pre-requisite towards being a Naga” (p. 10). Therefore, this theology is limited by a narrow focus on individual salvation, which reiterates a colonial logic of “saving the savage,” thereby taming the understanding of the Naga self.


Missionaries entered Assam as conduits of colonialism and were in collaboration with the British in “pacifying and controlling the tribes” (p. 44). Of course, the primary motive for missionaries was the desire to evangelize the regions beyond Burma, into China and Central Asia. The British annexed this region primarily to consolidate their control of the frontier region that separated the British Indian empire from Burma. Thomas addresses this history in Chapter 1 of his dissertation, “American Missionaries and Political Conquest.”

Chapter 2, “The Making of a Christian Civilization,” describes the expansion of American Baptist missionary activity through mission fields, schools, and preaching tours. These activities were initially challenged by the Nagas as it devalued their customary cultural and ceremonial practices and, instead, preached a particular theology of salvation through Christ alone that also celebrated the exceptionalism of white Christian America. Eventually when the missionaries were able to gain some followers, it created rifts between converts and non-converts in the villages. However, conversion to Christianity was quite slow, with only twenty percent of the population converting until the 1940s...


his period of the 1940s also saw the largest numbers of Nagas converting to Christianity, almost fifty percent of the population.


The growth in Christian population also led to the emergence and influence of local ecclesiastical organizations like the Nagaland Baptist Church Council. Their slogan of “Nagaland for Christ” was an affirmation of the American missionary project that anticipated converting the entire Naga population. This articulation also mediated the efforts of the Naga National Council in its imagining of a Naga nation, ...


Faced with the increasing fragmentation of the Naga movement and other national movements in the region following the counterinsurgency policies of the Indian state, the Church was increasingly involved in efforts to mediate between the Naga nationalists and the Indian state. The Church was initially reluctant to deal with issues of human rights violations, but had to confront these issues because of the severity of human rights abuses. However, this effort was limited by an individualized moral and political philosophy espoused by this theology. Even though there were attempts to move beyond this framework to engage with the context of the Nagas, it was curtailed once again by the limited nature of Indian Church thinking, which could not take into account the material, socio-political context of the Nagas

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Postby Manny » 20 May 2015 04:23

IF someone claims something is historical. Then those "factual" statements needs to be scrutinized. IF someone says they have belief, we should leave them alone to their faith.

So is the Bible a mythology/Belief that we, out of politeness leave it to their myths? Or is it history? and if it's so claimed as History, is it not for everyone to question it to be sure it is accurate? All facts and history are in public domain and we all have a civic responsibility to own it and to keep it factual?



http://www.desicontrarian.com/?p=933

EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO BE WRONG IN THEIR MYTHOLOGY. BUT NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO BE WRONG IN THEIR FACTS!

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Pope-urges-help-for-Rohingya-migrants-stranded-in-Bay-of-Bengal/articleshow/47405734.cms

Pope Francis called on the international community on Sunday to help migrants crossing the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, thousands of whom have been stranded on boats with dwindling supplies.

"I continue to follow with profound worry and pain in my heart the stories of many refugees in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea," Francis said to crowds who had gathered for his Pentecost Sunday address in St Peter's Square in the Vatican.


The roman church is an imperialist tool.Let there be no illusions on this count.Infact roman Xism is imperialist ideology.Has this faker ever talked about Hindus in bangladesh or Pakistan?

And what about the people dying in thousands off Italian coasts in the mediterranean sea?

Europe’s worsening migrant crisis

The perils facing migrants from Africa and the Middle East trying to get to Europe across the Mediterranean has been underscored once again with another deadly shipwreck off the Libyan coast, in which as many as 700 people are feared dead.

The toll brings to more than 1,500 the number who have perished already this year, making 2015 far deadlier than 2014, which itself was a record year for tragedy on the Mediterranean, with more than 3,000 deaths.

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Postby Falijee » 27 May 2015 22:11

I have always believed that India is a good "potential market" for Christian Evangelists of all hues . My suspicions were recently confirmed by the following incident:
On May 19, while in Rome, Italy on a holiday trip, I was approached by a black college-age American girl, originally from Georgia, USA ; the location was a leading US fast food eatery in central Rome ; the girl recognizing my Indian ethnicity practised her Hindi and (rudimentary) Gujrati on me and my wife; I was much impressed ; I did not get a straight answer from her, when I wanted to know her reasons for learning Indian language and culture; later on, wishing goodbye, she handed us her Business Card in Hindi!
It turned out that she was planning an evangelical trip to India under the auspices of Jehovah`s Witness!

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Postby sanjaykumar » 28 May 2015 00:18

She will soon witness a rude surprise.

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Japanese Christian arrested for oil vandalism at shrines and temples in Nara, Kyoto and Chiba
Posted on June 1, 2015

The 52-year-old leader of a fringe Christian group in Japan has been arrested in connection with vandalism at shrines and temples in Nara, Kyoto and Chiba.

In late March the man allegedly poured or sprinkled an oil-like liquid on the premises of Katori Shrine in Katori City, Chiba Prefecture. The act was caught on security cameras. Chiba police have linked this to similar incidents in Kyoto and Nara.

The man lives in America but his group is based in Tokyo, according to media reports. He formed the group — unnamed in press articles — in 2013 in Tokyo, where he is from. In summer of the same year he apparently told believers at gatherings that they should “cleanse” heresy through the use of oil. “We will cleanse Japan’s temples and shrines with oil, and free the souls [kokoro] of the Japanese of these old customs,” he is allegedly to have said. His group is reported to have over 100 believers in Tokyo and Osaka...

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Postby vishvak » 02 Jun 2015 21:56

At least Japanese have arrested the vandals for their behavior regardless of excuses, the strange part is how the man, born and educated in America, openly professed vandalism to his 'group'. Japanese should be well advised to not import such ideas and deport any suspicious personnel to country of origin.

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Canada's church-run schools for Indians were "cultural genocide," says report
Published June 02, 2015

TORONTO – A long-awaited report into Canada's decades-long government policy requiring Canadian Indians to attend state-funded church schools called it "nothing less than cultural genocide."

Truth and Reconciliation Commission chair Justice Murray Sinclair said Tuesday that residential schools are one of the "darkest and most troubling chapters in our collective history."

The report is the result of a six-year study of Canada's former government policy requiring Canadian Indians to attend the schools, often the scenes of physical and sexual abuse. Indian leaders have cited the legacy of abuse and isolation as the root cause of epidemic substance abuse rates on reservations.

From the 19th century until the 1970s, more than 150,000 aboriginal children were required to attend Christian schools to rid them of their native cultures and integrate them into Canadian society.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/06/02 ... ys-report/

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Christians Mimic Islamists in Attacks on Nigerian Culture
by Dulue Mbachu
May 21, 2015 — 6:00 PM EDT Updated on May 22, 2015 — 11:11 AM EDT

Samuel Nwankwo drove past a mob in the southeastern Nigerian town of Umuoji unaware that it was heading to attack his home.
As the chief priest of a traditional religion in the area, he’d become a target of a crowd of Christian youths who left a revival meeting where several preachers condemned the veneration of ancestral gods. They were bent on eradicating all symbols of such worship in the town of about 30,000 people.
“They ransacked the Udume Abor shrine where we worshiped, then went to my house where they took religious objects and burned them,” Nwankwo, a 45-year-old former Christian pastor, said in an interview. “The entire house would have burned if neighbors didn’t put out the fire.”

While Islamist militants loyal to Boko Haram in northern Nigeria and Islamic State in Syria destroy cultural sites they consider idolatrous, some Christian activists in the south of Africa’s most populous nation are also targeting ancestral religious worship. So far no one has been injured in the raids.
More than 500 traditional-worship sites, mainly in the south, have been burned down in the past decade, along with artifacts that are often hundreds of years old and of historical significance, according to Emeka Uzoatu, a researcher affiliated to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in the south east.
Explosive Divisions
Religious and ethnic divisions can be explosive in Nigeria, where more than 20,000 people have died in communal and sectarian violence in the past 15 years, according to tallies kept by Brussels-based International Crisis Group.
Nigeria, home to Africa’s biggest economy and at least 250 ethnic groups, is almost evenly split between a mainly Muslim north and a predominantly Christian south. More than 10 percent of its 170 million people follow traditional religions in Africa’s top oil producer, with many maintaining allegiance to more than one faith.
Attacks aimed at destroying cultural heritage around the world have reached an “unprecedented scale,” according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or Unesco.
Paris-based Unesco started a Unite4Heritage movement this year to counter the drive for “cultural cleansing” by religious extremists such as Islamic State in Syria. Boko Haram, which has declared loyalty to Islamic State, looted and burned the Sukur world heritage site in Adamawa state in December.
‘War Crime’
“The deliberate destruction of heritage is a war crime,” Unesco quoted its director-general, Irina Bokova, as saying in an e-mailed response to questions. “We will do everything possible to fight against this and document it, to ensure that those responsible are identified and brought to justice.”
In Nigeria, looted items are often illegally trafficked to Europe and the U.S. where they’re bought by art collectors, according to the Abuja-based National Commission for Museums and Monuments. The agency, set up to protect Nigeria’s cultural heritage, estimates the country’s artifacts in circulation in the global market are worth about 310 billion naira ($1.6 billion).
The Archaeological Association of Nigeria estimates that people have been persuaded by pastors and churches to hand over ancestral objects worth at least $500 million in the past decade to prove they no longer practice traditional worship.
“When I was growing up the Christians were a tiny minority and traditionalists were the vast majority,” said Nze Oforkire Ezenwa, a 63-year-old former Catholic who reverted to his ancestral religious practices 15 years ago and became a local leader. “Now we have changed places; it’s the other way around.”
Criminal Prosecution
Since 2008 Ezenwa has been pursuing the criminal prosecution of three Catholic priests and several congregation members for their alleged involvement in burning and destroying the Ezekoro shrine in the town of Achina, 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the Anambra state capital, Awka.
The attack was preceded by a three-day revival meeting, with the destruction taking place on the final day.
“They destroyed very precious artifacts that were hundreds of years old, and looted many others,” Ezenwa said in an interview at his home in Achina, which was decorated with traditional motifs and carvings. “Their next target was my house, as I was singled out in their preaching as the main leader of demon worshipers. By then our people had mobilized to stop them.”

Cultural Evidence
Charges filed against the accused priests and six laymen at a court in nearby Ekwulobia town include destruction of a place of worship, stealing and violent disturbance, according to court documents obtained by Bloomberg.
The Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria in the capital, Abuja, didn’t respond to phone calls, e-mails and an office visit to Christian Anyanwu, a priest and spokesman of the church.
“There are those cases where mobs, often after a night of a religious-revival meeting, charge to a local shrine to destroy it,” Uzoatu, the university researcher, said in an interview in the southeastern city of Onitsha. “There are also those cases where individuals voluntarily destroy shrines and artifacts they inherited from their ancestors. The result is always the same, vital cultural evidence is lost.”

The government needs to fund an educational campaign against the destruction of cultural artifacts, Joseph Mangut, secretary of the Archaeological Association of Nigeria, said in a phone interview.
“The citizens need to know and be educated on the fact that we would never know where we are going to if we do not know where we came from,” he said.

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Postby RajeshA » 04 Jun 2015 17:07

Surasena wrote:
Christians Mimic Islamists in Attacks on Nigerian Culture


I would say, GoI should make it as part of official foreign policy to arm and support All people in the world who feel their native culture is being threatened by religious enthusiasts (Churchists, Islamists).

If GoI makes this as policy, it is going to become controversial! Nothing better than that! People in most Christian countries are not aware how religious extremism is ruining world culture. Controversy would help take down this whole infrastructure of "Freedom of Religion", which is nothing other than "Freedom to Commit Cultural Genocide". Lets also be clear that we consider only two faiths as religions: Christianity and Islam, and hence only these two religions show imperialistic extremism.

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Postby A_Gupta » 05 Jun 2015 19:42

US Vice President Joe Biden has suffered a good deal of personal tragedy. When the time he was first elected Senator, some of his family was killed in a car crash. Just a few days ago, a son died of brain cancer at age 46. This is a flier from the Westboro Baptist Church, and they are little better than Paki mullahs.
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(full story: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/0 ... -s-funeral )

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Postby UlanBatori » 06 Jun 2015 05:30

Charity Begins In The Air

"We plan to acquire a Gulfstream G650 because it is the best, and it is a reflection of the level of excellence at which this organization chooses to operate."
World Changers Church International said, "A long-range, high-speed, intercontinental jet aircraft is a tool that is necessary in order to fulfill the mission of the ministry."
Dollar resides in Atlanta, the city with the world's largest airport with flights to every major international destination on a daily basis. ..
But after all, God told him to buy the plane. Dollar said, "If I want to believe God for a $65 million plane, you cannot stop me. You cannot stop me from dreaming. I'm gonna dream until Jesus comes."
I don't know what's worse: the fact that Creflo Dollar believes God spoke to him and told him to buy this jet, or the fact that people are so gullible and delusional and are actually supporting this guy. Of course, as Dollar puts it, it's simply part of what he calls "prosperity theology," in other words, giving of your own money to the church because by doing so your level of personal wealth is blessed and will grow significantly.

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Postby Manny » 07 Jun 2015 06:45

:rotfl: The God Delusion



“We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”


― Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

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Postby member_19686 » 07 Jun 2015 21:14

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Urgent News- For Love of God, One Kind of ISIS is Enough

Those who escaped from grips of evil force known as ISIS are now falling easily into hands of missionaries !

There is a very serious situation evolving inside Yezidi camps in Kurdistan which is threatening the existence of Yezidis - indigenous people of Iraq.

Yezidis might cease to exist even if they survive the 74th genocide. Their end might come at the hands of bigots.

preying missionaries are taking advantage the misery Yezidis are in. These missionaries are no better than ISIS and have just as little respect for humanity.

There is a missionary that is recruiting Yezidi teenagers and are taking advantage of them while weak and traumatized. They are going to camps with permission from government and so far have recruited 25 Yezidi men under the cover of relief work. In turn those recruited are working to convert more Yezidis.

Brothers and sisters- people with respect for humanity and appreciation for diversity we need help in condemning these acts as much as we need help in condemning acts committed by ISIS.

Post it in your blogs, on your Facebook, wherever you can something along the following lines:

Respect indigenous people of Iraq. Respect Humanity Don't be ISIS undercover. or repost this picture

Yezidis International

https://www.facebook.com/YezidisInterna ... permPage=1

Khalaf Yezidi ‏@KhalafYezidi 52m52 minutes ago
Missionaries R increasing among Yazidis offerin help 2conver 2Christianity,
Why Not Helpin Iraqi Christians instead?

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Postby Manny » 08 Jun 2015 03:03

The absurdity is not that people believe in myths.. But the elevation of the christian myth to be placed in an exalted position. Now that is offensive and wrong!

Jesus is as fictitious as Hercules was.

The Church went on to prove that there was no Hercules. They said this:

Doesn't mean there was not someone by the name Hercules at that time. There may have been, but a legend was born after Hercules died The legend made up a lots of stuff that just did not happen.

All you have to do is, use the same logic used by Christians to discredit Hercules to discredit Jesus. There may have been some goat herding peasant by the name Jesus or Horus or whatever at that time..but after he dies, the legend of Jesus the mythology was born.

10 Christ-like Figures Who Pre-Date Jesus

http://listverse.com/2009/04/13/10-chri ... ate-jesus/

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Postby Manny » 08 Jun 2015 04:27

There are hundred and one seers like Jesus all over India and India used to be full of Jesus like Seers.. India is a factory for Jesus like Seers... Hobos who pontificate about morality and what not. We produce them like China produces plastic toys for Walmart!

There were no such morality spewing Hobos in the west..so the westerners who are thirsty for such morality are scratching the barrel for Hobo hippies like Jesus and think they they have invented the wheel of morality.

As an Indian, let me say this: BEEN THERE DONE THAT For 1000s of years!

There are million Jesus in India and in Hinduism. And a new "Jesus" like Seer is born in India every day!

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Postby Prem Kumar » 09 Jun 2015 02:16

Excellent piece in Swarajya magazine calling out Christian Terror in India http://blogs.swarajyamag.com/2015/01/07/terror-in-the-name-of-christ-in-northeast/

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Postby chetak » 12 Jun 2015 09:29

How do they work on sundays in the gelf?? or do they not have the testimonials to "protest" there??

so, just for cleemis and solely on his say so, June 21, which was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014 should be postponed?? How come no xtian country in the world has protested this??

Sometimes, these guys get more paki than the pakis.

Catholic body unhappy over decision to organise Yoga day on a Sun



June 11, 2015

Catholic Bishops Conference of India, apex body of the Catholic priests in the country, on expressed displeasure over government's decision to organise Yoga day on June 21, saying Sundays are "sacred day" for Christians in the country.

CBCI President and Syro-Malankara Major Archbishop Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, however, said the Church was not against Yoga, which was described as "anti-Islam" by certain Muslim bodies including All India Muslim Personal Law Board.

Lamenting that "important events are being observed on Sundays these days", the Cardinal said the Church will raise its concern before the authorities concerned.

"We are not against Yoga. But it is sad that such important events are being observed on Sundays these days. Sundays are holy day for Christians. Organising such programmes on Sundays will clash with our belief," Cleemis, also the leader of the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council, told reporters.

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Postby A_Gupta » 17 Jun 2015 19:29

Hindu Organisations Demand Ban On Convent Schools, Cow Slaughter
http://focusnews.com/india/hindu-organi ... ter/58322/
‘All India Hindu Convention’, organised by the right-wing organisation Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, on Wednesday demanded a ban on convent schools, claiming that these schools do not allow Hindu students to follow religious traditions. The convention also demanded a ban on cow slaughter in the entire country.

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The convention, held at Ramnathi village in the state, was attended by representatives of 210 Hindu organisations from 22 states and also from Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Pinge said if a Catholic religious body can intervene in the government functioning, then Hindu organisations too have the right to raise their demand.

He was referring to the recent meeting of Catholic MLAs called by Archdiocesan Board of Education, a wing of Goa Church, to take up its various demands.

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Postby Tuvaluan » 17 Jun 2015 22:38

http://news.rediff.com/commentary/2015/jun/17/liveupdates.htm

2:01 Mizoram churches asked not to take part on Yoga Day:
The Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee, a conglomerate of major churches of the state, today appealed to all the church members not to
participate in the International Yoga Day on June 21.

The move was taken in protest against the observation of the day on Sunday, the sacred day for the Christians, MKHC Secretary Rev. R. Lalrinsanga in a release said.

Majority of the population in Mizoram is Christian.

Meanwhile, MKHC leaders today called on Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and urged him to conduct a thorough study before introducing yoga in educational institutions, an official statement said.

MKHC, representing 14 major churches, also expressed displeasure over the intention to observe the International Day of Yoga on Sunday.

Many church leaders believed that yoga is linked to Hinduism and Christians should not be involved with it.

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Postby sanjaykumar » 17 Jun 2015 23:36

Understandable. Any xtian found in a compromising position forfeits heaven. Does not apply to Padres.

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Postby A_Gupta » 17 Jun 2015 23:50

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 708169.cms
PATNA: It will be two Muslim girls, who will impart yoga lessons to BJP president Amit Shah at the Moinul Haq Stadium grounds here on June 21 on the occasion of the International Yoga Day.

"Rukhsana Khatoon and Bismillah Khatoon will teach yoga to Shah, other prominent persons including Union Ministers and those who will come to attend the camp on the occasion," Bihar-Jharkhand Patanjali Yogpeeth in-charge Ajit Kumar told PTI.

PATNA: It will be two Muslim girls, who will impart yoga lessons to BJP president Amit Shah at the Moinul Haq Stadium grounds here on June 21 on the occasion of the International Yoga Day.

"Rukhsana Khatoon and Bismillah Khatoon will teach yoga to Shah, other prominent persons including Union Ministers and those who will come to attend the camp on the occasion," Bihar-Jharkhand Patanjali Yogpeeth in-charge Ajit Kumar told PTI.

Read more at:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/art ... aign=cppst


A bit off-topic but the connection between Hinduism and Yoga is, as you see, a controversial one.

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Postby A_Gupta » 19 Jun 2015 01:51

Heaven belongs to us all – the new papal encyclical
http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/ar ... ncyclical/

With his encyclical “Laudato Si” the Pope has written more than a moral appeal without obligation. He has presented a pioneering political analysis with great explosive power, which will probably determine the public debate on climate change, poverty and inequality for years to come. Thus, the encyclical is also highly relevant to me as a non-Catholic and non-believer; the implications of the encyclical are very apparent through the eyes of a secular person. - See more at: http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/ar ... yonQE.dpuf


The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all (23)


The encyclical is very clear about this:

The natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone (95).

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Postby KJo » 19 Jun 2015 02:08

I hope VHP is doing ghar wapsi in the NE states. Time to get them back into the Indic fold.

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Postby A_Gupta » 19 Jun 2015 04:29

Vijaylaxmi Memorial School in Telangana.
http://www.bridgetoindia.org/page36/page7/index.html

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Postby svenkat » 19 Jun 2015 12:08

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3130096/Church-Jesus-believed-performed-miracle-feeding-5-000-daubed-graffiti-set-fire-arson-attack.html

The Galilee church where Jesus was believed to have performed the miracle of feeding the 5,000 has been set alight in a suspected arson attack.

Hebrew graffiti was also scrawled across the walls of Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish which denounces the worship of 'false gods'.

An adviser to the Catholic Church has now blamed Jewish extremists for the 'deplorable' attack after Israeli police said there is a 'strong possibility' the fire was started deliberately.


The current structure was built on the remains of a fifth-century Byzantine church at Tabgha on the shores of the Sea of Galilee - where many Christians believe Jesus fed 5,000 followers with just five loaves and two fish.

Police confirmed there was extensive damage to both inside and outside the building after the fire broke out in the middle of last night.



A passage from a Jewish prayer, calling for the elimination of idol worship, was also found scrawled in red spray paint on a wall outside the church after the arson attack

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Brazil’s rapidly growing evangelical movement has a dark side
The Guardian
BRUCE DOUGLAS, THE GUARDIAN
JUN. 19, 2015, 1:54 PM

Dressed in the traditional white robes of the Afro-Brazilian Candomblé religion, 11-year-old Kailane Campos, her grandmother and some friends were walking home from their temple in Rio de Janeiro, when they heard shouts from across the street.

“There were two guys holding Bibles, jumping up and down and shouting that we had abandoned God and that we were going to burn in hell,” she said. “Then one of them picked up a stone, threw it at us, and it hit me on the head.”

Bleeding heavily, Kailane passed out, while the two men jumped on a bus.
The others in her group helped her back to their temple before taking her to the nearest hospital.

The attack has highlighted fears of rising religious intolerance among the more militant members of Brazil’s rapidly growing evangelical movement. With new churches aggressively competing for souls and space in the country’s poorer urban peripheries, many Afro-Brazilian worshippers have felt threatened by the extreme hostility of some of their pastors.

“I hope that what happened to me can serve as some kind of warning,” Kailane said.

Followers of Candomblé, which blends ancestor worship, spiritualism and Catholic cosmology, have long faced discrimination from an officially secular state.

But over recent years, reports of abuse, beatings and forced evictions from Afro-Brazilian places of worship have increased, according to Ivanir dos Santos, the president of the Commission to Combat Religious Intolerance.

Dos Santos argues that certain evangelical pastors are attacking these religions and their followers, partly as a way of boosting their own congregations.

“They want to make people ashamed to practise Candomblé, so they feel they have to turn to the church,” he said. “But how can you be a Christian with such hate in your heart?”

The latest incident was covered widely in the Brazilian media. Kailane’s grandmother, Kátia Marinho, 53, a Candomblé priestess, launched a social media campaign with an image of herself holding a sign reading: “I dress in white. White of peace. I am Candomblé. And you?”

A few days after the attack, Kailane was abused again while giving an interview to a local TV station outside the police medical institute where she had gone to register the crime.

“The media only care about gays and witches,” a passerby shouted at her.

Speaking at her temple in the working-class district of Vila da Penha, Marinho said that it had become more difficult to be a Candomblé devotee over recent years.

“There are people who tell their followers that our faith is a way of worshipping the devil,” she said. “They insult our religion all the time and people with weak minds absorb these things.”


Marinho, whose daughter Karine – Kailane’s mother – is an evangelical Christian, was anxious to avoid blaming the church. “The people who did this are not Christian. They are crazy people and crazy people cannot be allowed to live in the midst of society.”

Silas Malafaia, a prominent evangelical pastor, warned against jumping to conclusions about the attack on Kailane. “Tell me what kind of evangelical is in favour of violence?” he said in a video posted on his website. “When have we ever tried to stop the freedom of religion expression of anyone?”

Although there is anecdotal evidence of attacks on Afro-Brazilian religions, few official statistics exist on the subject. Data compiled by the presidency’s human rights’ secretariat shows that there were 39 recorded acts of religious intolerance in Rio de Janeiro in 2013 and 2014, making it the state with highest number of incidents.

However, the figures are not broken down by attacks on particular faiths. Dos Santos is due to present a dossier of incidents involving Afro-Brazilian religions to the state assembly in August.

According to the 2010 census, Brazil’s evangelical population grew by 61.5% over the previous 10 years. Over 22% described themselves as evangelical, up from 9% in 1991. The number of Catholics fell in the same period, from 73.6% to 64.6%.

Yvonne Maggie, an anthropologist who has written extensively on Afro-Brazilian religions, said that Candomblé has long coexisted peacefully with Catholicism. Many of their worshippers venerate the same saints, with some actively practising both religions.

“Recent acts of aggression have happened as a result of the rise of non-traditional neo-Pentecostalist churches, some of which demonise Afro-Brazilian religions,” she said. “It’s not an organised persecution, but a rise in individual cases, many of which are mixed up with other issues.”

This article originally appeared on guardian.co.uk

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