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Indian bishops respond to image of Jesus smoking and drinking (in textbooks)
cna ^ | February 25, 2010

Posted on 02/26/2010 1:44:19 PM PST by NYer

Guwahiti, India, Feb 26, 2010 / 11:40 am (CNA).- Bishops in India have responded to the publication an image of Christ in a children's textbook that shows Jesus holding a beer in one hand, a cigarette in the other, and the word "Idol" beneath. Although "deeply offended," the bishops said they are against seeking an "anti-blasphemy law" in the country.

A statement from the Indian bishops, who holding a bishops' conference meeting in Guwahiti until March 3, was issued on Thursday. "We are deeply offended by the blasphemous image of Christ used on school books and on posters," they said in the statement published by Fides. "We feel sad and indignant for this act of sacrilege. We support the legal actions taken by the government in the states of Meghalaya and Punjab, towards the perpetrators. "

The image was originally found in textbooks in the city of Shillong, which is located in the state of Meghalaya. Protests and unrest resulted from the posting of enlarged images in the streets of several Punjabi cities. The state of Meghalaya is preparing a lawsuit against the publisher, Skyline Publications, while the state of Punjab looks to prosecute the groups responsible for the printing and distribution of posters.

In their statement the bishops took their appeal to a higher level, asking the central government to “promote, protect, and defend respect for religious symbols of all communities of believers throughout India."

An apology issued last week by the publisher claimed that the photo was included in textbooks due to "human error." The bishops acknowledged the apology and said they hope such an error would never repeat itself in any publication in India.

Commenting on the possibility of an "anti-blasphemy law” in Meghalaya, the Indian Church stated its opposition. Such an article already exists in the country's penal code which establishes penalties for those who "hurt the religious sentiments of people," they noted.

The bishops added that a new anti-blasphemy law could possibly be exploited by fundamentalists against Christians, as has occurred in neighboring Pakistan.


TOPICS: Catholic; Eastern Religions; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: india

1 posted on 02/26/2010 1:44:19 PM PST by NYer
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PLEASE DO NOT POST THAT IMAGE TO THIS THREAD!


2 posted on 02/26/2010 1:44:49 PM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: netmilsmom; thefrankbaum; markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; saradippity; Berlin_Freeper; Litany; ...

Ping!


3 posted on 02/26/2010 1:45:01 PM PST by NYer ("Where Peter is, there is the Church." - St. Ambrose of Milan)
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To: NYer
Good thing they didn't do this with a picture of Mohamed.
4 posted on 02/26/2010 1:48:59 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Pray for my soul. More things are wrought by prayer Than this world dreams of.-- Idylls of the King)
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To: NYer
PLEASE DO NOT POST THAT IMAGE TO THIS THREAD!

Was it this one?


IDOL

5 posted on 02/26/2010 1:50:24 PM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: NYer

Anti-Catholic bigotry is world-wide. The little contingent here on FR is just a tiny segment. Most of it is Marxist/moslem.


6 posted on 02/26/2010 1:53:25 PM PST by Judith Anne (2012 Sarah Palin/Duncan Hunter 2012)
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To: NYer
Or perhaps this???


F A L S E      I D O L

7 posted on 02/26/2010 1:54:07 PM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: NYer

I have a hunch Jesus probably enjoyed the occasional beer.


8 posted on 02/26/2010 1:58:03 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: NYer

Freaking hindus. Polytheistic pagans.


9 posted on 02/26/2010 2:24:38 PM PST by ichabod1 ( I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet.)
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To: Judith Anne

Oh, I apologize to hindus then. You’re probably right.


10 posted on 02/26/2010 2:25:23 PM PST by ichabod1 ( I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet.)
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To: JennysCool
His first miracle was at a wedding. Weddings could be a week long with a lot of wine, dancing and laughter. These Jews enjoyed the wedding festival and Jesus was a good Jew. He is the Lord of celebration. Since it was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me. Cheers!!!
11 posted on 02/26/2010 2:25:32 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: elpadre

And cheers to you, elpadre!


12 posted on 02/26/2010 2:26:08 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: JennysCool

I don’t know about that, I think wine was alot more popular in that area back in the day. Bible doesn’t mention beer to much :/


13 posted on 02/26/2010 2:33:04 PM PST by Svartalfiar
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To: Svartalfiar

Do some Googling. Apparently in Jesus’ time they did drink some form of what we now know as beer.


14 posted on 02/26/2010 2:55:12 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: JennysCool
I have a hunch Jesus probably enjoyed the occasional beer.

Oh yeah.


15 posted on 02/26/2010 5:39:52 PM PST by TradicalRC (Secular conservatism is liberalism.)
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To: JennysCool

Wine. Not beer.


16 posted on 02/26/2010 6:54:05 PM PST by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: NYer

The BBC published the offensive image. I wonder if the published the Muhammad cartoons?


17 posted on 02/26/2010 6:55:49 PM PST by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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The BBC published the offensive image. I wonder if the published the Muhammad cartoons?

Try to find a image of muhammad smoking with a beer in his hand.

18 posted on 02/26/2010 7:28:51 PM PST by Kent1957
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To: NYer

Sadly certain section of Christian youth responded by resorting violence and burning vehicles. It gave an opportunity for Hindu fundamentalist organisations like the VHP to incite people. A curfew was declared but now there is normalcy.


19 posted on 02/26/2010 11:17:19 PM PST by voice of india (Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall i fear ?)
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