3 thoughts on “INDIA: ONE YEAR LATER, CHRISTIANS IN ORISSA TO PRAY FOR PEACE

  1. Hmmm – a very simplistic attempt at justifying the violence that was meted out on Christians a year ago in Orissa. It is quite possible that some ‘Christians’ are part of the Maoist rebellion, but not all ‘Christians’ are Maoists and it is reasonable to believe that not all Chriatian Maoists were involved in the criminal activity that killed the five Hindu men that you are referring to.

    I Absolutely agree that not all Christians are Maoists and not all Maoist Christians were involved. I am also not trying to justify violence of any sort.

    I think you would find (if you cared to investigate in an unbiased manner) that most Christians would condemn the attack on the five men and certainly would not encourage such activities.

    I think you would find the same thing if you investigated Hinduism in an unbiased manner; start with “Ahimsa”.

    However, those blinded by extremist Hinduism perfer violence to rational thought and consideration. They would deny people the right to freedom of choice and making their own decisions about what to believe. If Hinduism is the right religion than surely people should be able to come to that conclusion themselves without being violently forced to do so. It is a major demonstration of the weakness of Hinduism that it has to resort to violence to ‘prove’ itself and to defend itself against the claims of another religion – in this case Christianity. It is unable to convince people through a presentation of its claims without violence.

    Again we have the typical Christian attitude that I described before. The attacks by Hindus you see as typifying Hinduism whereas attacks by Christians are dismissed as “not real Christians”. You could equally argue that the attack by Maoist Christians shows a weakness in Christianity.

    The article you quote to support your position is hardly conclusive evidence and the entire article goes some way to dismiss your claims about the ‘alliance’ of Maoism and Christianity acros India. As I say, hardly conclusive proof. The quote given was the opinion of one Maoist by the way.

    Not conclusive proof, but there are many other examples such as the National Liberation Front of Tripura. Again, I am not saying that all Christians act in such a way, I am just pointing out the bias in saying that all Hindus who are violent typify Hinduism whereas violent Christians are “not true Christians”.

  2. Hmmm – a very simplistic attempt at justifying the violence that was meted out on Christians a year ago in Orissa. It is quite possible that some ‘Christians’ are part of the Maoist rebellion, but not all ‘Christians’ are Maoists and it is reasonable to believe that not all Chriatian Maoists were involved in the criminal activity that killed the five Hindu men that you are referring to.

    I think you would find (if you cared to investigate in an unbiased manner) that most Christians would condemn the attack on the five men and certainly would not encourage such activities.

    However, those blinded by extremist Hinduism perfer violence to rational thought and consideration. They would deny people the right to freedom of choice and making their own decisions about what to believe. If Hinduism is the right religion than surely people should be able to come to that conclusion themselves without being violently forced to do so. It is a major demonstration of the weakness of Hinduism that it has to resort to violence to ‘prove’ itself and to defend itself against the claims of another religion – in this case Christianity. It is unable to convince people through a presentation of its claims without violence.

    The article you quote to support your position is hardly conclusive evidence and the entire article goes some way to dismiss your claims about the ‘alliance’ of Maoism and Christianity acros India. As I say, hardly conclusive proof. The quote given was the opinion of one Maoist by the way.

  3. This is the usual “one sided” account that Christians usually give. Anyone who does anything wrong in the name of Christianity is “not a Christian”, whereas anyone who does anything wrong in the name of another faith typifies that religion.

    Specifically, the murderers of Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati were Christians, as well as being maoists. A maoist leader made this clear

    ‘We had asked Laxmanananda to desist from anti-Christian activities. He created a riot in December 2007 and subsequently targeted people indulging in cow slaughter,’ he said, adding people of both [Maoist and Christian] the communities were opposed to the seer.

    Noting that most of the cadre members and supporters in Orissa belonged to Christian community, Panda said, ‘It is a fact that Christians are in majority in our organisation.

    Now in my book, a Christian Maoist is acting as a Maoist if he says that he killed someone because they opposed common ownership of the means of production. If a Christian Maoist kills someone for engaging in anti-Christian activities then they are acting as a Christian.

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