Delhi archbishop concerned over anti-Christian moves

The archbishop reiterated his earlier statement that this move by fundamentalist groups is a grave assault on the fundamental rights of individuals and groups.

 Posted on August 8, 2014, 8:30 AM

 

 

 

 

 

Some unidentified people on Wednesday night vandalized the school buses parked in front of an archdiocesan church in Rohtak, Haryana.

New Delhi :

Archbishop Anil J.T. Couto of Delhi has expressed concern over growing number of communal flare-ups in different parts of northern India and attacks on Christians and Church properties in and around the national capital.

The prelate’s expressed the anguish in a press release after some unidentified people on Wednesday night vandalized the school buses parked in front of an archdiocesan church in Rohtak, Haryana.

“Reports of other attacks on Christian pastors and prayer groups are very disturbing and we request the local authorities to take adequate measures to bring to book the miscreants who are threatening to weaken the social fabric of this great nation,” the archbishop said.

According to media reports “Sangh Parivar groups are collecting details of persons who were converted to Islam and Christianity in western Uttar Pradesh and plan to carry out ‘shuddhikaran’ – an exercise to re-convert to Hinduism,” the release said.

The archbishop reiterated his earlier statement that this move by fundamentalist groups is a grave assault on the fundamental rights of individuals and groups.

Hate campaigns against the Christian community and the Christian faith by fundamentalist and extremist religious organizations in the past, preceded large scale violence against the Christian community, he said.

The archbishop called for immediate action by the local police and civil authorities to stop such hate campaigns to help maintain social peace and harmony.

Press Release

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1 Comment

  1. dmelloalex said,

    August 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    The hate campaign against the minorities has come into a full circle by now. For the last 15-20 years all of us refused to understand the hate campaign thinking it doesn’t effect us. We were all busy in fighting, meetings, running around in circles inside the church compound. We failed to get involved in work/functions outside the community and become Sunday people. We also stopped reading. Even if one reads “we and our nationhood defined” and “A bunch of thoughts” by M S Golwakar gets the fair idea of impending doom for the minority rights. Like a lion, now they have tasted blood and difficult to stop them because the entire system has turned in their favour. Teesta Setalvad through her publications was trying to educate people on Muslim & Hindu terror for the last 15-20 years but we refused to understand. We are already in the 2nd generation of ignorant people about the reality the country is facing as far as communalism is concerned. Unless we understand communalism, cannot fight. It’s a contagious disease spreading across the society unabated and we didn’t even have the slightest inkling of it. I see its more dangerous than AIDS & Ebola. It killed hundreds in Gujarat, Assam, Kandhamal and many other parts of the country. When the uncontrolled fascism enters into the society, intolerance & communalism follow.

    We also refused to network with like minded people, Dalits and Muslims saying they are all inferior compared to our standards. We refused to sit on the ground with others in spite of requests, because we wear ironed clothes and shoes. We refuse to learn/speak the local languages because they are inferior to English. we refuse to get educated because it’s painful and gulf countries offered us a lot of money even for manual jobs. We failed to educate our own people in spite of the best institutions across the country, because our priorities lie somewhere else. And finally, we have been thought to pray and do nothing as if prayer is the only solution for every problem. If we do not wake up now, it will be too late.

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