Dying for your faith in India

Dying for your faith in India September 18, 2008

Growing numbers of people converting to Christianity has sparked a wave of persecution in parts of India, with mobs destroying homes and churches and in some cases murdering Christians. From Christians Face Hindus’ Wrath:

Babita Nayak was cooking lunch for her pregnant sister when a mob of Hindu extremists wielding swords, hammers and long sticks rampaged through their village, chanting “India is for Hindus! Convert or leave!”

The men, wearing saffron headbands, ransacked dozens of huts, searching for cash and looting bicycles and livestock. They torched the village church, leaving behind burned Bibles in the local Kui language and torn-down posters of Jesus. “Christianity is a foreign religion,” they shouted over bullhorns, according to eyewitness and police reports. . . .

A six-hour drive from Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa, into the isolated and winding jungle-lined roads showed remnants of fatal attacks and arson directed at Indian Christians in recent weeks: razed churches, scorched orphanages and homes, and roads blocked by downed trees, boulders and stick-waving mobs. Saffron flags (saffron is the color several Hindu right-wing organizations use for self-representation) flew over Hindu-owned tea shops and homes to protect them from attack.

All told, as many as 4,000 Christian homes and 115 churches were destroyed in the region. Amid the lush corn and rice farms of Kandhamal district, more than 35 people were killed for their faith, the All India Christian Council reported; government officials estimate 18 deaths.

There are increasing reports that women were sexually abused, but victims are slow to come forward because of the stigma attached to rape.

About 20,000 people have been displaced, most of them huddled into 14 squalid government-run camps across Kandhamal. About 5,000 have left their homes in Ganjam district, media reports say.

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  • Ryan

    “Christianity is a foreign religion”… indeed it is, to all mankind and thus a threat to all man-made religions.

  • Ryan

    “Christianity is a foreign religion”… indeed it is, to all mankind and thus a threat to all man-made religions.

  • Anon

    Christianity has been in India since the first century.

    It is a threat to the high-caste rulers of what Vishal Mangalwadi has called “the three thousand year reich.”, for it liberates the lower castes and the ‘tribals’ from the Hindu caste system of slavery. It is typically the ruling caste which engages in these terror attacks.

  • Anon

    Christianity has been in India since the first century.

    It is a threat to the high-caste rulers of what Vishal Mangalwadi has called “the three thousand year reich.”, for it liberates the lower castes and the ‘tribals’ from the Hindu caste system of slavery. It is typically the ruling caste which engages in these terror attacks.

  • Terry Beck

    This is sad and happening in so many other countries. The news is Christians be ready for more. Anytime Satan is threaten he and his religious systems try to strike us down. I believe all will not be right till Christ comes back.

  • Terry Beck

    This is sad and happening in so many other countries. The news is Christians be ready for more. Anytime Satan is threaten he and his religious systems try to strike us down. I believe all will not be right till Christ comes back.

  • Paul Faber

    So sad….enough to make one furious at injustice. Yet in the New Testament the early disciples rejoiced to suffer persecution–yes, beatings, murder and horrible outrages. May God give us the grace to see these children of His and be impassioned to further His cause throughout the world, where persecution abounds and where the church is growing silent with laziness. May our brothers and sisters in persecution be a wake up call for those of us who live in the west.

    And may God give them great grace to suffer persecution well, make His name great and enter in to their eternal reward.

  • Paul Faber

    So sad….enough to make one furious at injustice. Yet in the New Testament the early disciples rejoiced to suffer persecution–yes, beatings, murder and horrible outrages. May God give us the grace to see these children of His and be impassioned to further His cause throughout the world, where persecution abounds and where the church is growing silent with laziness. May our brothers and sisters in persecution be a wake up call for those of us who live in the west.

    And may God give them great grace to suffer persecution well, make His name great and enter in to their eternal reward.

  • Pargat

    It is sad to see that VHP/ Bajrang Dal are getting the largest contributions(from famous companies also) from US. This money supplied from US is used to bring down Churches and attack tribals in India.

    The BJP, Bajrang Dal, RSS and VHP which are anti-christian are a bigger danger than terrorist organisations. They must be banned and their fund raising in western countries should be stopped.

    Everything should be done by western nations to stop atrocities agains Christians in India.

    Time to wake up and stand up to call of sane and secular Indians!

  • Pargat

    It is sad to see that VHP/ Bajrang Dal are getting the largest contributions(from famous companies also) from US. This money supplied from US is used to bring down Churches and attack tribals in India.

    The BJP, Bajrang Dal, RSS and VHP which are anti-christian are a bigger danger than terrorist organisations. They must be banned and their fund raising in western countries should be stopped.

    Everything should be done by western nations to stop atrocities agains Christians in India.

    Time to wake up and stand up to call of sane and secular Indians!

  • Allan

    All Pakis and fuckin Indians are uncivilized ignorant scum.
    one of these days the Pakis and Indians will nuke each other off the earth. Then the CIVILIZED world will enjoy peace.

  • Allan

    All Pakis and fuckin Indians are uncivilized ignorant scum.
    one of these days the Pakis and Indians will nuke each other off the earth. Then the CIVILIZED world will enjoy peace.

  • Вообще, на мой взгляд, самое лучшее в личном блоге, так это самопознание.

  • Вообще, на мой взгляд, самое лучшее в личном блоге, так это самопознание.