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Why Christian missionaries/evangelists loved the Tsunami: Conversion attempts in the time of grief

The answer is simple. It provides them with excellent opportunity to exploit the person’s suffering and vulnerability and  convert them to Christianity and destroy the native Hindu beliefs.  Love for Jesus is hatred for Hindu gods since they look upon Hindu religin as a false and evil religion.

Conversion attempts in the time of grief

Shobha Warrier in Nagapattinam | January 24, 2005 15:45 IST
Last Updated: January 24, 2005 16:17 IST

When I entered one of the rows of temporary shelters built for tsunami victims in Pattancherry village in Nagapattinam, I witnessed a minor scuffle in a corner.

Some inmates had surrounded a Christian priest and two nuns, and a war of words was going on.

“We are Hindus and we want to live as Hindus. Why do you want to convert us?” some young men shouted at the missionaries.

The priest said, “We are not here to convert people. We were only offering prayers for your peace of mind.”

But flashing some pamphlets distributed among them by the three, the inmates snorted, “What does this mean?”

The priest had no answer.

“Why do you enter our houses and pray?,” they asked. “Your nuns do this when our women are alone at home. We know how to pray.”

The young men were extremely furious. The priest was unruffled. But the nuns were shaken by the sudden surge of animosity from the muscular men.

The scuffle went on till the three were forced to leave the place.

Day two:

As I was visiting the areas close to the sea that were badly affected by the tsunami waves, I saw another angry scene outside another temple in another village.

Police jeeps were seen parked outside the temple in Samandapettai. So was a van.

Villagers were complaining to the police about a missionary group to which the van belonged.

They said the group had taken away to another place their belongings and the relief they had got from nongovernmental organisations and the government, which they had kept inside the temple, because they refused to listen to its missionaries.

“They want to try their luck at some other place. Since we resisted, they took away our things. We won’t allow this to happen,” they said. “Why don’t you arrest all of them?” the villagers asked the police.

The villagers’ torrent of angry words continued. “We have lost everything to the sea. They said they would help us if we followed their religion. What logic is this? Are they here to help us or change our religion?” The police couldn’t cool their tempers.

The group said it did not take away the belongings of the villagers and insisted that the contents inside the van belonged to it.

That evening, some villagers came with the news that the police had arrested the priest they had confronted the previous day. Apparently some angry villagers had gheraoed him, and forced the police to arrest him.

“He shouldn’t be doing this when we are grieving, when we are suffering. Everything has its time and place,” a villager said.

When I wanted to talk to the panchayat president and locals of the Karakkalmedu village at Karaikkal, they called me inside the village temple. That was where they met outsiders. The temple has become the centre of activity in the village.

Before we started talking, one of them opened the door to the sanctum sanctorum and pointed to a mark left by the strong tsunami waves. They told me that water stopped at the feet of their deity and then receded. “We might have suffered, but our Goddess saved us.”

This belief had taken the villagers all the more closer to their deity.

“That is why it hurts us when others come and tell us that it was because of our God and our belief that we suffered. We won’t let anyone exploit us when we are down,” the panchayat members asserted.

Satanic Christian headmaster bars 15 Hindu students wearing sacred beads

This is what is called Christian plans to commit genocide of Hindu religion. They first came in as guests, refugees, but note how evil and genocidal their mind works!

They are minorities but they show disrespect to the majority. Will the United States brook such nonsense. Such Christian schools should be outright stopped from functioning in India.  Say No to intolerant Christians.

Students barred for wearing sacred beads
Express News Service 04 Oct 2008

TIRUNELVELI: Fifteen students of a school in Palayamkottai on Friday were told to stay away until they removed a chain from their neck that had sacred beads.

The students of Cathedral Higher Secondary School returned to school after their quarterly holidays. Noticing the thread of sacred beads around their neck, the watchman asked them to meet the headmaster.

The headmaster, Asir Deva Manickam Rajkumar, reportedly gave them a choice: remove the beads or stay away from school. The students’ plea that wearing the beads was part of the rituals followed at the Mutharamman temple at Kulasekarapattnam fell on deaf ears.

Finally, the students left and informed their parents about the incident.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party and Hindu Munnani functionaries thronged the school and raised slogans against the headmaster. They asked the school authorities to allow the students to attend classes.

Taken back by the sudden turn of events, the school authorities asked the students to come back.“When I came to school, I was asked by the headmaster to remove the beads.When I refused to do so, he asked me to leave the school,” said a student. The headmaster, however, denied the charge.

2 Satanic Christians held for distributing pamphlets in Coimbatore– Christian working for annihilating of Hinduism

It will be of interest to know that Tamil Nadu is one of the largest recipient of foreign missionary funds. The singular purpose of christian missionaries is to covert and destroy Hinduism in India. That should never be forgotten.  So from a Hindu standpoint, they are indeed Satanic in nature

2 Held for distributing pamphlets

Express News Service 04 Oct 2008

COIMBATORE: Police arrested a person at Anupparpalayam in Tirupur on Thursday night for allegedly trying to convert a man to Christianity against his will.

According to police, A Godwin, a resident of Salem, had gone to his relative’s house in Anupparpalayam on Thursday. Later, while returning home, he allegedly distributed some pamphlets to people in the locality which contained some religious thoughts.

When he was sharing his religious thoughts with one Rathish (23), a Hindu Munnani activist, the latter got angry and lodged a complaint with Anupparpa layam police stating that Godwin tried to convert him to Christianity by force.

Over 100 people gathered at the police station along with Rathish and demanded the arrest of Godwin.

Based on the complaint, Anupparpalay- am police arrested Godwin. Later, he was remanded in judicial custody, police said.

In another incident, Joseph Gilbert (43), a resident of Visuvasapuram in Coimbatore, was arrested by Tirupur South police for distributing religious books. Police said they arrested Gilbert on a complaint by Selvam, a Hindu Munnani activist, that the former ‘compelled’ him to embrace Christianity. The complaint said that Selvam refused to accept the book, which led to an altercation.

Christian priests in India indulging in paedophilia

Why do Christian priests indulge in paedophilia. Because it is a sick religion. Catholicism forbids marriage for priest, and so the natural desire gets perverted.

The Catholic Church in Los Angeles pays out $660 million for paedophilia claims to more than 500 alleged victims

Christian priests in India indulging in paedophilia

Excerpted from here

Another fallout is the paedophilia activities of the Christian missionaries in India. In USA recently, the Christian Church paid 100 million US $ as compensation to children who became victims of Christian priests. Last year, a 62-year-old Christian priest Simon Palanthingal from Kerala and linked to St. Bedes and Don Bosco schools in Chennai was charged on four counts for sexual assault on a nine-year old American boy and can get maximum 20 years in prison on each of the four counts. He is being held in the US on a $1 million bail. In India, with no enforcement of law, it is a free run for these paedophile Christian missionaries. Yet some time back in Jharkhand, a court sentenced a Tamil Christian priest, Christudas, 48, who was principal of St. Joseph’s School at Guhiyajori, to three years’ rigorous imprisonment for sodomising a 14-year old schoolboy. In March 2005, the Christian priest, Prasad Gonsalves, was arrested in Radhanpura town in Gujarat for demanding sexual favours from a woman.

Indian Don Bosco priest charged with pedophilia

Strong Religion, Zealous Media: Christianity’s handshake with media in India

Looking at Christianity’s handshake with media in India (Book Review)
Indo Asian News Service

Last Updated: July 22, 2008 00:15:04

Book: ‘Strong Religion, Zealous Media’; Author: Pradip Ninan Thomas; Publisher: Sage Publications; Pages: 207

The book is a result of a two-year study done in Chennai by Pradip Ninan Thomas, an associate professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland, and naturally an academic point of view.

‘(It was) inspired by a comment about conversions and riots in Gujarat by the historian William Dalrymple in an article several years ago,’ Thomas told IANS.

‘It suddenly opened my eyes to the fundamentalism that is getting entrenched in Christianity across the world, in Brazil, (South) Korea, Africa and also in India.’

One of the reasons why Thomas took up the study of modern-day Christian fundamentalism in Tamil Nadu is because as many as 62 million people in the southern state follow the religion.

‘Chennai is today considered the fastest-growing hub of Christianity in South Asia,’ he says.

His study is preceded by Lionel Caplan’s 1987 work ‘Fundamentalism as a Counter-Culture: Protestants in Urban South India’ and Susan Bayly’s 1994 study in southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala, ‘Christians and Competing Fundamentalism in South Indian Society’.

Thomas has left himself open to criticism that he is playing directly into the hands of rising Hindu and Islamic fundamentalism by choosing to investigate how neo-Christian camps in India use the media and its audio-visual power to hypnotise their constituencies with ‘good news’, miracles and blessings.

Thomas writes that ‘Christian fundamentalists’, like Islamic fundamentalists, ‘belong to a global umma and harbour real and perhaps imagined…longings directed towards making all of god’s people Christian’.

Thomas says he himself is a practicing Christian, but that it is time ‘mainstream churches’ begin looking at ‘Christianity in India and begin going to the media more’ to halt what he calls ‘Karaoke’ Christianity.

His concern is delivered in his critique of the media-supported Joshua project, the Christian Broadcasting Network and the evangelism of GOD TV, the 700 Club, Num TV of the Chennai-based organisation Jesus Calls, the Rede Record TV Network belonging to Brazil’s Pentecostal movement and such other mass followed sects.

He fears that more and more the ‘worship experience on a Sunday’ is being overtaken by rallies like those organised by Benny Hinn Inc (in the US).

‘Politics of mis-recognition certainly applies to Christian broadcasting in India,’ Thomas notes.

The book takes a close look at India’s Pentecostal and neo-Pentecostal movements, their use of radio, television, merging church space with multi-media.

Thomas says his is a ‘wake-up call’ to the traditional church in India to recognise the danger of fundamentalist incursions into a faith that is largely seen as beneficial and peaceful, surviving for several thousand years in a multicultural, multi-religious space, which this subcontinent has provided.

Warning against ‘evangelic spectacles’ and various ‘brands of exclusive Christianity’, Thomas gives the example of ‘militantly pro-conversion events’ like the ‘Every Tribe, Every Tongue’ convention in 2006, attended by political bigwigs like P. Chidambaram and from the self-proclaimed atheist Dravidian party the DMK and 20,000 others who had gathered in Chennai from all across tribal India.

The event was supported by the International Living Mission; the stated objective of this group is: ‘In India itself there are more than 500,000 villages who have never heard about Jesus. There is neither a church nor has any missionary been in these parts. Our responsibility as the chosen one of god is to make an opportunity for these people so that they too can hear the word of god.’

Such events generate ‘new meaning for religion and politics, simultaneously mixing the religious with business and finance, creating spectacular events and media personalities’, Thomas points out.

‘Liberal Christians…along with many others in India certainly have serious misgivings about’ this kind of aggressive proselytisation, Thomas says.

‘The traditional church is, however, reluctant to admit it and take action against this, especially in the face of rising Hindu and Islamic fundamentalism.’

The traditional church ‘keeps quiet’ because it ‘feels the need to maintain unity’ among Christians of all denomination, Thomas says, advocating that traditional religion, including traditional Christianity, should search for a media model like Canada’s ‘Vision TV’ to reach out to India’s pluralist multitude.

© Copyright 2008 Indo Asian News Service.

Churches Convert Vulnerable Hindus by Hook or Crook

Bangalore Churches Convert Vulnerable Hindus by Hook or Crook

Posted December 30, 2005
by Shwetal Pramod Kamalapurkar

Bangalore, August 1: Janmashtami, September 2004, the Infant Jesus Church Complex, Bangalore held a week-long festival during which a tent was set up in the community with long tables and benches and a shrine of Infant Jesus at one end. The sides of the tent were covered with pictures of Meera, one of Krishna’s greatest devotees, accompanied by peacocks. Meera seemed to be adoring the Infant Jesus, who wore a small peacock feather in his crown. It appeared that the residents of Koramangala were thus, being led to believe that Infant Jesus was the reincarnation of Krishna.

Most of the dwellings in the locality are thatch huts or small houses erected with mud and used pieces of bricks and stones. Many of the nicer houses, built with new bricks, cemented and painted, are owned by recently converted Christians. They are given generous amounts of money for converting. The road leading to the Infant Jesus Church is proposed to be named ?Infant Jesus Road?. The street earlier had a Hindu name.

The situation at the St. Mary?s Cathedral Complex, Shivaji Nagar is no different. Two hundred people, mostly belonging to the lower strata of society, have been converted about a week ago. It has been learnt that a plan has been made for converting more Hindus in the area.

Austin Town and Ulsoor are other well known hubs of conversion activities. They even have small community halls where sermons and other get-togethers take place. The missionaries? strategy is well planned. They refrain from coercion but its the vulnerable (read unsuspecting Hindu) mind set that is played on. They are either manipulated or lured into Christianity.

Christian missionaries are all over Bangalore, preaching that Hinduism is an error and Christianity is the only true religion. They move from place to place like vendors of goods. They have no special spiritual merit that distinguishes them from the commoners. They however possess material goods which they promise to those who join their fold.

Recently, in Orissa, a missionary descended on a famine area with money in his pocket, distributed it among the famine stricken, converted them to his fold, took charge of their temple, and demolished it. He promised the converts material benefit and assured continued support if they attended Church.

It is an accepted fact today that fringe church groups are converting scores of Hindus to Christianity across India. In many South Indian villages, religion has boiled down to money. Flushed with funds from their headquarters in the United States, a number of church groups are converting hundreds of Hindus, especially those belonging to the low castes.

In Madurai, a year ago, around 250 villagers – all of them poor Dalits underwent baptism by water and converted to Christianity. The ceremony was conducted by the Seventh-Day Adventists Missionaries. In the span of six months after this mass conversion, reports say, Seventh-Day pastors have converted as many as 2,000 Hindus to Christianity in the Madurai region.

At around the same time, the Covenant and High Land Trinity, a church group working in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district, converted 70 Hindu villagers. Reports said that all the converts were paid money and given jobs for changing their religion. In the latest of a series of conversion in Kerala, two dozen Hindus in a poor mason’s colony outside Pathanamthitta town were converted to Christianity allegedly under the influence of a charismatic Christian prayer group called Master Ministry of Jesus.

Church insiders admit that church groups with plenty of foreign money have mushroomed all across South India with conversion as their main agenda. “They have exotic names like Exodus Church, New Life Evangelists, Covenant and High Land Trinity, Master Ministry of Jesus etc. They reject church rituals. They are very Westernized and fundamentalist,” a senior Pastor, on the condition of anonymity, revealed.

An American missionary, Mr. Cooper came to India on a tourist visa, which prohibits missionary work. During his stay in Kerala, he overtly indulged in missionary activities and so was asked to leave the country for violating visa rules. The episode brought to light a plethora of facts. According to the residents of the Kilimanoor Dalit hamlet, Cooper spewed venom against Lord Krishna and attributed the modern scourge of AIDS to the avatar of a bygone yuga. Press reports suggest that around the same time, another foreign missionary in the area was hounded out by local residents for making derogatory remarks against Lord Ayyappa, the pre-eminent deity of the state.

[Mahatma Gandhis] message from Young India, speaks the minds of many, I hold that proselytisation under the cloak of humanitarian work is unhealthy to say the least. It is resented by people here. Religion after all is a deeply personal thing. It touches the heart. Why should I change my religion because the doctor who professes Christianity as his religion has cured me of some disease, or why should the doctor expect me to change whilst I am under his influence?