End Christian Persecution in India
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“I am the wheat of God and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of God.” So wrote Bishop Ignatius of Antioch (in Syria) as he was being taken to Rome under close military guard.
We do believe that India is a free country, where everyone has their own religious beliefs and practices. But it cannot be overlooked that there are still many areas where our country needs improvement. No doubt, there is no alien power ruling us, but it cannot be ignored India is still struggling for freedom from multitude of social problems. One of them is violence against Christians for their beliefs.
This has been an incessant problem in India. Indians are from diverse group and culture; however when it comes to religious beliefs, why India does not have the oneness and tolerance? Why the Leaders and different parties want our Land to only be a Hindu Nation? What about the ongoing Persecution? I know I am not the only one who wants these persecutions to stop in the name of Religion.
While the level of intolerance continues to increase, Christians are regularly attacked. The level of impunity has gone up markedly, with communities of converts to Christianity from other religions bearing the brunt of the persecution. They are constantly under pressure to return to their old beliefs, and are often physically assaulted, sometimes killed. Protestant Christian communities are the second main target because of their involvement in outreach activities and conversions, and they also face regular attacks.
For the persecution to stop there needs to be a strict law enforced in our nation, and the president and the prime minister of India can get this done, so this particular write up is for a new Law that needs to be strictly implemented in our Country, so that the we can live in peace and harmony.
For instance, in the beginning 2016, the authorities recorded at least 134 incidents of violence against Christians in India compared with 147 incidents in all of 2014 and 177 in 2015.
The persecution is widespread with the cases of violence against Christians reported in 21 of India's 29 states. Uttar Pradesh topped the list with 25 cases. The frequent crimes committed against Christians by Other religious fanatics include physical violence, arrests on false allegations, holding church services, attacks on churches, vandalizing and threats on churches and pastors. Even people were reported to have been murdered because of his Christian faith.
We believe in Unity in diversity and the essence of being independence. Hence, it is necessary to wake up and stand for this grave issue. A constructive approach and commitment is all we need to relish the state of being free.
Jim Frazer Henry & Sarah
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