Skip to comments.(India) Jharkhand: Hindu fundamentalists want anti-conversion law
Posted on 11/10/2010 5:45:12 AM PST by markomalley
Ranchi (AsiaNews) The state of Jharkhand, backed by the Hindu fundamentalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) administration, is prepared to adopt a law that would prevent Hindus from converting to other religions. Everyone should oppose it. Everyone should join forces against the planned anti-conversion law, said Fr Stan Kujur, a Jesuit clergyman from Jameshedpur.
Jaggnath Sahi, RSS chief in Jharkhand, told journalists that his organisation would asks the BJP-lead government to draft a bill banning religious conversions.
We will take up the issue with Chief Minister Arjun Munda . . . to draft a law to ban conversion in the state. Conversion in any form should be condemned, Sahi said. Conversion is banned in many countries like China, Israel and others. It is only in India where conversion is not banned, he added.
The seven Indian states with anti-conversion legislation, formally known as Freedom of Religion Acts, are Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
These laws require the government to check conversions from Hinduism to other religions in order to avoid proselytising, manipulation or the use of financial incentives. The law does not prevent conversion from Christianity or Islam to Hinduism.
For Fr Kujur, professing ones religion is a matter of freedom of conscience, a matter of personal rights, something that is enshrined in the Indian constitution. Such is the nature of democracy.
No one should be forced to profess one religion or another, he said. The RSSs anti-conversion plan is not necessary.
The state government should focus instead on development and the welfare of the people, Fr Kujur stressed.
Sounds like a spiritual equivalent to the Berlin Wall.
So much for “tolerance” from others
“Diversity” advocates, take notice . . . we expect a full-fledged showing of your infamous “outrage” and condemnation
WaPo, daily articles reminding everyone of this, ala your Macacca Mode of “reporting”
You’ve gotta understand why Democrat East coasters get squeamish after they hear fundamentalist any-religion.
A lot of this has to do the lower casts getting around the cast system by converting to Christianity. There is anger that they will not stay in their place.
Ramesh Ponnuru has mentioned that his family in India continues to benefit from being members of the Brahman caste, even though they converted to Christianity generations ago.