Muslim Families in India Say They Were Tricked Into Becoming Hindus With Promises of Food and Schooling

Earlier this month, says the Washington Post,

[M]ore than 50 impoverished Muslim families in a slum in the northern Indian city of Agra attended a simple but controversial ceremony at which they were asked by a Hindu priest to chant and throw offerings into the holy fire in front of some Hindu idols. The priest then welcomed the Muslims into the Hindu fold.

Some Muslims in the neighborhood of trash collectors told local reporters that it was all a fraud. They said that a Hindu activist had assured them that by attending the ceremony, they will get the government’s coveted “below-poverty-line” identity card and access to state welfare assistance in health and education.

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Catholic Journalist Paints a Bleak Picture of the Church’s Decline in Popularity, but Knows Just How To Fix It

For years now, Catholic conservative journalist and former Fox producer Michael Voris has been fighting for a purer, holier, less inclusive Church – urging his fellow believers to identify

“… a heretical nun or a traitorous priest or bishop when they see one – not so they can vote them out of office, but so they can pray for them, one, and alert as many other Catholics as possible to their treachery.”

By traitors and heretics, Voris seems to mean people who don’t agree with his fundamentalist views of Catholic doctrine.

But when you narrow the definition of what it means to be a Catholic, guess what you get? Fewer Catholics, that’s what.

So it’s kinda funny to listen to Voris give a talk at the Canadian Christian College in Toronto, and hear him sound the alarm over how Catholics, in countries where they once wielded real power by numbers, are abandoning the pews in droves. He never seems to connect the holier-than-thou activism of hardliners like himself to that steady exodus.

The fun starts at 42:40, when he talks about parish closures.

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In Dresden, Germany, 17,000 Protest Radical Islam and Unrestricted Immigration

These weekly protests have been growing in size, and are spreading from Dresden to other German cities.

A record 17,000 people have joined the latest in a string of demonstrations against Islam in Dresden, eastern Germany, celebrating the rise of their far-right populist movement by singing Christmas carols. The march on Monday night was organized by Patriotic Europeans Against Islamization of the West [German acronym PEGIDA] – a group that has grown rapidly since its first protest in October.

Among the slogans the protesters carry on placards are “Against religious fanaticism” and “Against religious wars on German soil.”

Most Pegida followers insist they are not Nazis but patriots who worry about the “watering down” of their Christian-rooted culture and traditions.

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More Youth Pastors Are Nabbed for Sexual Assaults on Children

More competition for Catholic priests:

A 27-year-old man has been accused of sexually abusing two teenage boys during his time as a youth pastor at a Hillsboro [Oregon] church, police say.

Dylan Ritterman was arrested Dec. 18 on allegations he “unlawfully touched” two boys, said Lt. Mike Rouches, a spokesman with the Hillsboro Police Department. The boys were 14 or 15 at the time, he said.

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“Messenger of God” Action Movie Stars Sect Leader Who’s Accused of Rape, Murder, and Castration

Sikh religious authorities in India have asked the Punjab government to ban the wild new action film Messenger of God, because it stars Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim, the leader of a blasphemous (to Sikhs) sect called the Dera Sachcha Sauda.

The controversial leader of the Dera Sachcha Sauda sect, Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim, has starred in a film that some Sikh bodies say should be banned as it could cause trouble in Punjab.

Under pressure from radical Sikh groups, the Akal Takht, the supreme temporal body of Sikhs, has asked the Punjab government to ban “MSG” or “Messenger of God”, which is set to release on January 16. The movie stars the Dera chief in the lead role and shows him as a swashbuckling hero fighting “social evils,” in flashy costumes.

The theatrical trailer on YouTube is bizarre and very much worth watching:

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