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  • » 11/11/2016, 13.21

    INDIA – UNITED STATES

    Christian leader urges Trump to promote “freedom of conscience” in the world

    Nirmala Carvalho

    Sajan K George is the president of the Global Council of Indian Christians. His organisation sent a congratulatory message to the new US president. "Christianity has become the major target of scorn, prejudice, abuse and persecution.”

    Mumbai (AsiaNews) – Donald Trump “hopefully, will herald a new era in uplifting human spirit and promoting freedom of conscience,” says the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) in a congratulatory message to the new president of the United States of America.

    In the message, signed by President Sajan K George, the Council wishes to the newly elected president "great success" noting that US voters "once again firmly asserted their faith in the traditional values and upheld the principles of democracy and freedom that has been the hallmark of that country.”

    According t the Christian leader, “The United States always has been a beacon of hope for the oppressed and persecuted people around the world”.

    The “GCIC also hopes a Trump presidency would not fall prey to the special interests that tend to promote regional wars at the expense of innocent people, especially minorities including Christians, as we have witnessed in the case of Syria.”

    “Christians around the world are living in perilous times,” Sajan K George notes. “Whether it is from the Hindutva extremists in India, Islamic radicals in Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan, Intolerant Buddhists in Myanmar or Sri Lanka, Christianity has become the major target of scorn, prejudice, abuse and persecution.”

    In concluding, “We hope and pray that the new Trump administration will work towards bringing peace and prosperity to the United States and the rest of the world while upholding human rights and promoting equality and justice everywhere.

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