» 11/22/2012, 00.00
Karnataka, Hindu nationalists demolish a Pentecostal church
The Blessing Youth Mission of the Chippagiri Gowtown village was built 15 years ago. The attackers threatened to kill the faithful and set fire to the place of worship. Rev. Suresh has complained to the police, who gave their utmost collaboration.
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - Hindu nationalists of Sangh
Parivar have demolished a Pentecostal church in Karnataka. This was
reported to AsiaNews by the Global Council of Indian Christians
(GCIC), which is providing legal assistance to
the Christians affected. The incident occurred late in the evening of 20
November. The church was the Blessing Youth Mission in the village of Chippagiri Gowtown (Karwar
district), and had existed for 15 years. Rev. Suresh Kithan Siddle denounced
the event to the police station, and an officer has promised that the
perpetrators will be found and brought to justice.
At around 10:30 p.m. (local time), a Hindu nationalist group
locked 30 members of the Pentecostal community in their homes, threatening them
with death if they tried to escape. Around 11 p.m., the attackers began to
demolish the church. To raze it to the ground, they set it on fire.
According to the pastor's account, the attackers are members
of the local faction of the Sangh Parivar, a Hindu
nationalist movement that welcomes and unites under its umbrella radical groups
such as the Rashtriya
Sawayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Vishwa
Hindu Prishad (VHP) and the Bajrang
A month ago, some of these Hindu activists accused Rev.
Suresh of practicing forced conversions, threatening "serious
consequences" if he did not stop.
"The faithful of the church", said Sajan George,
president of the GCIC, "are mostly day laborers. The Indian Constitution
guarantees freedom of religion. Yet, with the complicity of the government, the
extremists of Sangh Parivar harass,
beat and make false allegations of forced conversions against the Christians.
And, sometimes, they go so far as to demolish churches."
For Orissa bishop government lying as it tries to evade responsibility in anti-Christian violence
Government officials testify before the commission of inquiry set up to look into last year’s anti-Christian violence. Former district collector in Kandhamal talks about illegal conversions to Christianity, whilst police inspector general claims the authorities had no intelligence about Maoist threats against Hindus. For the bishop of Bhubanewsar, they are all in together to rid the State of its Christian minority.
Priest seriously injured in attack against Catholic Church
Hindu extremists slander the Church but send their children to Church-run schools
False charges of "forced conversions" are levelled at a Catholic priest. For the local bishop, this is a plot by Hindu extremists, backed by the state government that provides the legal instruments. Behind it, there is an attempt by extremists to get free access to high-status Catholic schools.
Orissa State: demolition order for churches is revoked
Kandhamal district makes the announcement. However the Catholic archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, archbishop John Barwa, warns: “nevertheless local officials continue to torment Christians”. A prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Orissa: burning and looting continues, Christians beaten and cut to pieces
Vikram Nayak was killed, and then cut to pieces. Two Christians die two days after suffering serious injuries. Unrest by radical Hindus continues as police is ordered to shoot on sight those who break the curfew. Two nuns who were attacked tell their stories; Catholic schools to close for a day; the faithful are called to observe a day of prayer and fasting.
Trump, Marine Le Pen and the Middle East: Lebanon against walls and divisions
The beginning of the Trump presidency has been characterised by the "babelisation" of American society. Each country pours out his hatred against an external enemy. The current global crisis has religious roots. At the heart of the chaos there is the Jihadi threat. The third world war cannot be won with drones, but with moderation and promoting rapprochement and discussions.
EGYPT - ISLAM
Al Azhar under the influence of Daesh Islamism
The official religious institutions and so-called Islamic universities are the cause of the immobility of the Muslim world. The programs taught and literature used at Al Azhar are the same that are applied on the ground by all armed terrorists. No comparison possible between Al Azhar and the Vatican. The Vatican has hosted Iraqi Muslims and Syrians fleeing the war. Al Azhar has never done anything for Christians and Yazidis. The persecution of Nasr Mohamed Abdellah, eager to modernize Islam. The comment of one Muslim student.
AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!
AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.