Month: September 2008

Attack on Christians in Karanataka

On 7/9/2008, Sunday, some churches were attacked in Davanagere.

On 14/9/2008, Sunday, some churches were attacked in Mangalore, Udupi and Chickmaglur.

It was the last day of three day BJP national convention in Bangalore.

Christians in Mangalore have been there for centuries.

Attack on churches in the centre of the city was unimaginable.

These events follow the events in Orissa.

Karnataka has a BJP government, so it is free reign for Bajrang Dal, VHP and similar groups.

When Christians protest attacks on churches there is lathi charge and tear gas.

It is time for Christians in Karnataka to shake off complacency and be prepared for any eventuality to defend themselves.

Christians, especially priests, nuns, seminarians and religious brothers, should learn judo, karate and other arts of self-defence.

Central Government did not convey a tough message to Orissa Government and now there is violence in Karnataka.

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil is known for changing his clothes instead of paying attention to the problems.

After Delhi blasts this was clear to all.

One TV channel said he is not Home Minister but Textile Minister.

He reminds me of an emperor who was fond of clothes and was fooled by two people who got lot of money for the non-existent dress and ultimately a child said “The Emperor is naked.” Governments have to function according to the constitution.

If they do not, they have to be dismissed.

In 1992 after the demolition of Babri Mosque, Governments of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were dismissed for not adhering to the constitution and the dismissal was upheld by the Supreme Court.

Orissa and Karnataka Governments must be dismissed.

Atrocities in Orissa

The atrocities against Christians in Orissa need to be dealth with swiftly.

Criminals must be punished.

Christians were targetted for what Maoists had done.

Many Christians were murdered.

Many more suffered injuries, their houses were burnt, property looted.

Rule of law must prevail.

There was a rally at Azad Maidan, Bombay, on 7/9/2008.

Raphael Cheenath, Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubhaneshwar, Swami Agnivesh and many others participated.

Swami Agnivesh while talking to TV reporters called for the arrest of Praveen Togadia and ban on VHP and Bajrang Dal similar to SIMI.

Later Raphael Cheenath appeared on the RKB Show of Sahara Samay.

He spoke of the plight of Christians in Orissa.

Police did not do anything to prevent crimes and catch criminals.

Some told priests and nuns to run away as they would not be able to protect them.

One nun was gangraped in the presence of 10 policemen.

The priest who tried to protect her was beaten.

The archbishop cannot visit his flock.

Praveen Togadia can go wherever he wants.

Police stations are controlled by VHP.

The RKB Show received many messages by SMS and E-Mail, 95% of which condemned the events in Orissa.

It is time for Christians in Orissa and other parts of India to be prepared for any eventuality and defend themselves.

Christians should learn judo, karate and other arts of self-defence.

India is the largest mobocracy in the world.

Christians should not expect anyone to help them.

State Governments cannot be expected to maintain law and order.

Maoists have threatened to kill many VHP members.

Every death penalty prevents three to eighteen murders.

Murderers must be put to death.

Other crimes also must have swift punishments.

Christianity is a religion of love and peace.

Christians who are persecuted can make the following prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, you converted Saul, persecutor of Christians, and made him Paul, your missionary.

We pray that you turn members of RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal, our persecutors, and make them your missionaries.”