Christian Community Coalition, Karnataka

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    Started 4 petitions

    Petitioning His Excellency The President Of India, The Honorable Prime Minister of India, The honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka, Chairman of National Human Rights Commission of India, DG and IGP Government...

    Appeal to reinstall the Cross and statue of Jesus at Mahima Betta, Devanahalli, Karnataka

    With immense pain and hurt the Catholics of the world today seek your kind intervention for the restoration of the statue of Lord Jesus Christ and necessary follow up action to prevent the recurrence of such incidents again. A cross was destroyed and the statue of our Lord Jesus Christ was removed by the local authorities following a complaint by some “self-styled fringe organisations” at Mahima Betta near Devanahalli on the outskirts of north Bengaluru on Tuesday March 3, 2020.  The authorities have hurt the sentiments of Catholics by showing disrespect to the Catholic sentiments by using heavy machinery to demolish the Cross and removing the statue of Christ in a careless manner. Catholics are peace loving and have immense faith in the law of the land and believe that justice will be rendered. As stated by His Grace Peter Machado the Archbishop of Bangalore “It is unfortunate and regrettable that the police, bowing to the pressure of a few outsiders, have forcibly removed the statue of Jesus. It is a blow to the communal harmony of the people in our villages and also a violation of religious freedom guaranteed to us by the Indian Constitution.” In the spirit of the constitution of India as envisioned by the architects of the constitution of India, we are elated to share that the objectives to secure justice, liberty, and equality to all citizens and promote fraternity to maintain unity and integrity as enshrined in the Constitution of India is exactly what Christians are practicing for more than 2000 years all over the world. Catholics exemplify a faith life, prayer life, sacramental life, and moral life.  Catholics do not forcefully convert anyone to their faith nor go around proselytizing .  We practice our faith and the tenets of our faith behove us to “Love our neighbors as our own self”.  We respect people of all other faiths.  We keep open the doors of our hospitals, schools, colleges, and other institutions and welcome people from all faith, color, and creed without any discrimination.  We strongly believe that people of other faith are equal in all aspects and  live a life in the spirit of the will of God Almighty, live a moral life and not only know what is right and wrong but choose right over wrong. But unfortunately, there are some misguided fringe elements in society who take the law into their own hands and become the judge, jury, and the executioner all rolled into one and go around disturbing the peace and serenity in our state of Karnataka. Such baseless allegations of religious conversion sow seeds of hatred and disturb the communal harmony. The ridiculous claims that Catholics are out to convert people of other faith is baseless.  Catholics today account for only 1.55% of the total population of India. Catholics have over 15000 schools and colleges, over a thousand training institutes, and over 2000 hospitals and dispensaries in this country.  If the intention is to convert people there will be no drop in the number of Catholics but it would have exponentially grown from this miniscule 1.55% to anything in the range of 15 to 20%.  Conversion is never there in the minds of the Catholics, but we believe in the true meaning of conversion where we believe in converting a human being to be a better human being by recognizing them as fellow beings, respecting them, and taking them along in the path from darkness to light by empowering them without any discrimination on the basis of religion, color, creed, caste, or status: asato mā sadgamaya, tamaso mā jyotirgamaya, mṛtyor mā'mṛtaṃ gamaya, This translates to: From falsehood lead me to truth, From darkness lead me to the light, From death lead me to immortality. We request the following: 1.       Issue necessary orders to reinstall the status of Jesus 2.       Order a judicial enquiry into the events leading to the demolition of the cross and removal of the statue. 3.       Investigate the actions of the concerned officials and take necessary actions if they have taken decisions in haste and exceeded their responsibilities. 4.       Investigate the role of fringe elements that are disturbing the communal harmony by creating ill-will and hatred among the local residents. Take necessary action against the perpetrators of social hatred. Advocate PM Mathew, Co-convenor Christian Community Coalition

    Christian Community Coalition, Karnataka
    4,569 supporters
    Petitioning The President of India, The Prime Minister of India, The Chief Minister of Karnataka, The Managing Director Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation, The Governor of Karnataka

    It is only appropriate to call the proposed Metro Station as “All Saints Metro Station”

    It is only appropriate to call the proposed Metro Station as “All Saints Metro Station” and not anything else. Metro Rail connectivity is a necessity and a boon for the residents of Bangalore. We welcome it. We have seen it come up in different phases and reduce the commute time of people in Bangalore. We understand that work has commenced on the proposed underground station along the Gottigere –Nagawara line under phase 2. In the true spirit of human welfare and development the authorities of All Saints Church have extended all cooperation. An underground station is proposed at this location. What is really disturbing and hurting the sentiments of the residents of Bangalore cutting across all religions, languages, and creeds is that the Metro station is proposed to be called as Vellara Metro Station. One really wonders from where BMRCL authorities got the inspiration to name the Metro Station as “Vellara Metro Station”. People wonder who and what does “Vellara” represent. The iconic All Saints Church in the true Christian spirit of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity as enshrined in the Constitution of India has surrendered its holdings and is also providing the church premises on a temporary basis for the metro construction. We the people of this country request that the Metro Station at this said location should be aptly named “All Saints Metro Station” There is nothing religious in this, it is only as secular as it can be. “All Saints” is a tribute to all the wonderful human beings who have walked this land and contributed to the welfare of mankind without any discrimination on the basis of religion, language, or caste. We request you to kindly look into the matter and issue instructions that the proposed Metro Station at this location be called “All Saints Metro Station” and the name “All Saints Metro Station” be used in all official communication henceforth. Thanking you Yours Sincerely Advocate P.M. Matthew, Co-convenor Christian Community Coalition, Karnataka No 9, First Floor, Devanga Hostel Road, Next to Vokkaligara Bhavan, Bangalore – 560002 e-mail:

    Christian Community Coalition, Karnataka
    47 supporters
    Petitioning The President of India, The Prime Minister of India, The Home Minister of India, DG and IGP Karnataka, Commissioner of Police Bangalore, The Chief Minister of Karnataka

    Legal action against one Ravi Kumar for a blasphemous post about Jesus Christ on Facebook

    Legal action against one Ravi Kumar for a blasphemous post about Jesus Christ on DK Shivakumar fan's FB group Karnataka We the Christians of Karnataka are constrained to bring to your notice a defamatory post by one Ravi Kumar member of DK Shivakumar fan's FB group on June 30, 2019 with the malicious intent of defaming Christ and hurting the religious feelings of crores of Christians in this land. The snapshot of the post is attached. We have already brought this to the notice of D. K. Shivakumar, MLA and Hon. Minister Govt. of Karnataka in writing, but until now we have not elicited any reply from him. One Mr. Prajwal Swamy on July 1, 2019 has also filed a complaint at Madanayakahalli Police Station. We regret to tell you that even the police authorities have failed to act on it. This only reflects the lackadaisical attitude of the executive and bureaucracy towards the minority Christian Community. It is an unfortunate fact that Christians in this country are soft targets for unscrupulous politicians and vested interests for exploitation. The law enforcing authorities have utterly failed time and again to protect the fundamental rights and religious sentiments of the Christians in this country.  This incident is another proof. We request you to kindly look into the matter and initiate immediate action against the culprit Ravi Kumar as per the law of the land and ensure justice to the Christian Community. Thanking you Yours Sincerely Advocate P. M. Mathew Co-convenor Christian Community Coalition, Karnataka No 9 First Floor, Devanga Hostel Road, Next to Vokkaliga Bhavan, Bangalore -2  

    Christian Community Coalition, Karnataka
    252 supporters
    Petitioning The Most Reverend Giambattista Diquattro, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Bishop Theodore Mascrenhas Secretary General CBCI, Most Rev. Archbishop Peter Machado, Rev. Dr. Paul Parathazham

    Appeal to CBCI: Restore the Crucifix at St. John’s Medical College hospital, Bengaluru

    The Cross will be for us as it was for Christ: proof of the greatest love – Mother Teresa The only reason the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ, was possible was the crucifixion. The Crucifix is the best known symbol of Catholicism and has the greatest religious significance for Catholics all over the world. It is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. The crucifix is the invitation for all of mankind to find forgiveness, salvation, and peace.  It looks like the crucifix has become offensive, ironically, to some Catholic priests and the administrators of St Johns National Academy of Health Sciences Bangalore. The feel good Christianity approach of the authorities  over the years at St. John’s Bangalore has altogether removed the crucifix from the OPD Block.  All this, in an attempt to feel good with the misconception that the crucifix makes the people of other faith uncomfortable when they visit the hospital. The Catholic community appeals to the authorities to install the crucifix and catholic symbols, such as Mother Mary help of Christians, at the main foyer of OPD wing John W. M. Cormack block and in all the rooms and cubicles of the institution. The Catholic icons in the institutions have systematically decreased in number over the last couple of decades. There is no justification to say that the hospital is a public space and people of other faiths come to the hospital, and the crucifix is something sad and that it makes some visitors uncomfortable. St. John’s Medical College is a private Catholic Institution and is not funded by the government. We met a 75 year old retired gentlemen who told us that in the early 1970s when they started constructing the college building, the money came in from donations of the community. This gentleman recalled that he had donated his then one day  salary of INR 4.00 and similarly the Catholic working class from in and around Bangalore and Catholic workers in the Gold Fields in KGF also donated a day's wage. It is from contributions of the well-wishers of the community that this institution is what it is today. Freedom of religion in India is a fundamental right guaranteed by Article 25-28 of the Constitution of India.  St. Johns is not a public space it is a private institution.  It is a Catholic institution and the Catholic Church should not have any pretension of trying to be secular. If we do not have an identity in our institutions, how can we even think of arguing for a religious minority status in the Supreme Court of India Christian Community Coalition, Karnataka, and Karnataka Dalith Catholic Christians Protection Forum along with the signatories of this online petition hereby appeal to the office bearers of CBCI through His Grace Dr. Peter Machado the Archbishop of Bangalore to give prominence to the Catholic symbols at  St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences vis –a-vis the following 1.    Install the Crucifix and catholic symbols at the foyer of the OPD wing in John W. M. Cormack block and other prominent places in the hospitals including the floors and consulting cubicles. 2.    Transmit the worship service in the Hospital chapel to every room through speakers.  Options can be given to private patients to switch off the broadcast. 3. Give first preference to the marginalized in the community for allotment of rights to maintain parking lots and other services in the premises. This will provide self employment to many unemployed in the community.  Karnataka Dalith Catholic Christians Protection Forum Dalith S. Francis     A. Michael Raj    S. Vetri Selvan     G. Domnic Founder               State President   State. Gen. Sec   Treasurer      9341171177      9353033433           9845548486        9986053622

    Christian Community Coalition, Karnataka
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