(AsiaNews) - Karnataka's High Court dismissed a petition filed by a Hindu
fundamentalist group to ban noted evangelist preacher Benny Hinn from coming to
is a secular country. It has so many sects, languages, beliefs and religions as
well as social and cultural groups. Tolerance is the need of the hour. We are
shocked that the courts are used for these kinds of issues," the court said.
his healing crusades, US-based clergyman Benny Hinn is scheduled to take part
in a religious conference in Bangalore on 15-17 January organised by the Bethel
Assembly of God Church.
last visit to India in 2005 sparked
protests by Hindu extremists who threatened to resort to violence. As they
did then, Hindu fundamentalists tried
to prevent Hinn from entering the country this time as well.
a Division Bench that included Chief Justice D.H. Waghela and Justice B.V.
Nagarathna rejected a petition filed by the local branch of the Sri Rama Sena questioning
the Bangalore City Police's inaction against Benny Hinn.
court said that the petitioners and any other persons should not claim superior
right against the fundamental rights of other citizens, including the right to
assemble and express their views.
same time, the judges expressed appreciation that the petitioners pledged not
to create any commotion or disturbance during the prayer conference.
welcome the decision of the High Court," said Sajan K. George,
president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC).
a small number of Hindu fundamentalists will stop at nothing to oppose anything
that is Christian," George explained. In his view, electoral politics is behind
forthcoming parliamentary elections seem to be the main motivating factor for
them to create communal disturbance wherever possible in the country in order to
garner a few more Hindu votes," the GCIC president noted.
Christian activist, these groups "don't seem to care much for the welfare
of the nation or constitutional provisions, conveniently forgetting the fact
that India is a well-respected democracy in the world." All they do is "crying
wolf". Indeed, "it is only a matter of time perhaps before they would become a
mere footnote of history" rather a current event item.