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Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
A report by the All India Christian Council has documented a recent rise in anti-Christian violence across India. Many blame the Hindu nationalist movement that is gaining support in India's run up to national elections. According to Hindu nationalists, to be Indian you must be Hindu. Christianity is a foreign religion that has no place in a truly Indian nation. As a result, many Christians have been attacked, beaten and asked to deny their Christian faith. Many have stayed strong and have paid the price for their spiritual strength.
Friday, October 11th, 2013
Karnataka suffers a higher rate of violence against Christians in India than almost any other state. There Hindu radicals continue “brutal and relentless” violence against believers, and there seems to be no end in sight.
Friday, October 11th, 2013
The seven Christians who are accused of the murder of Hindu leader Laxamananada were convicted and sentenced to life in prison. Their case had a shocking lack of evidence, and all the “witnesses” withdrew their testimonies, saying that they had not in fact witnessed anything. However, just a few days after they were sentenced the same court acquitted five people accused of setting a fire during the 2008 violence due to lack of evidence. Christian leaders in India say this is evidence of a “criminal justice system” in which authorities are “useless.”
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Seven Christian men in Kandhamal, India has been sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of the murder of a Hindu extremist group leader, Laxmananda Saraswati. The murder of Saraswati is what sparked off the 2008 anti-Christian riots that swept across India's Kandhamal district. Mobs of Hindu radicals marched from village to village, driving Christians from their homes, destroying their property and killing the Christians that refused to renounce their Christian faith. Justice in many of these cases still has not been achieved for Christians. Yet, seven Christian men, rounded up almost at random, were convicted by a court in Kandhamal on September 30 for the murder of Saraswati with little to no evidence. How long will the injustices for the Christian community in Kandhamal continue?
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Christians in India have found themselves increasingly under attack as national elections loom in the near future. The Hindu nationalist party, BJP, has a political platform stating that India is for Hindus and not for anyone of any other religion. As BJP has gained power, Christian persecution has increased dramatically. In Karnataka, BJP's home state, there have been 21 separate attacks on Christians from the end of June to present. Please pray for Christians as the situation is only likely to get tougher as national elections come closer.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
John L. Allen Jr is author of The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution. In this contribution to The Spectator magazine, Allen poignantly described the atrocities and discrimination visited upon Christians across the world, and the lack of journalistic interest in telling those stories.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
7 Christian men in Orissa, India were arrested and accused of killing a Hindu cleric in 2008. The murder of this Hindu cleric is what sparked off the 2008 anti-Christian riots that consumed Orissa for three months. For 5 years, these men have languished in prison, daily denied any form of justice. Today, a court in India has sentenced them to life in prison for the crime they didn't commit. A Maoist group in Orissa has taken credit for the killing and little evidence has been produced against them. Please pray for these persecuted men and their families.
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
A court in Orissa has convicted 7 innocent Christian men for the 2008 murder of the Hindu leader Laxamananda Saraswati despite the lack of convincing evidence and a local communist group coming forward and taking responsibility for the murder. The murder of the Hindu extremist group leader sparked off the 2008 anti-Christian riots in Orissa that resulted in mobs of Hindu radicals marching from village to village attacking Christians and destroying their homes. All told, Christians in 600 villages were attacked, over 5,600 Christian homes were looted and set on fire, 300 churches were reduced to rubble and over 100 Christians were murdered. Please pray that justice will be done and the 7 innocent Christians will be released to their families soon.
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Over the past few months, the number of incidents of Christian persecution in southern India has dramatically increased. In India's southern state of Karnataka alone, there were 21 attacks on Christians recorded between June and mid-September. In most cases Christians are being beaten by Hindu extremists because of their evangelical work. Please pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters.
Monday, September 30th, 2013
A pastor and his wife living in Karnataka state in India were attacked by Hindu radicals on Sunday morning, beaten and arrested. Hindus claim the pastor was forcefully converting Hindus to Christianity, a common charge falsely laid against many Christian pastors in India. Hindu radicals believe that Christianity is a foreign religion that Indians must not follow. To prevent its spread, mobs of radicals attack pastors and falsely accuse them of forcefully converting people to Christianity, an illegal act according to Indian law. Please pray for this persecuted pastor and his wife as they continue to suffer for their evangelical work in India.
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
Christians in New Delhi, India marched outside the Pakistani High Commission protesting the suicide bombing of All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan. In the attack, over 80 Christians were killed and more than 150 injured. The attack has highlighted the suffering of Christians in Pakistan. Making up only 2% of Pakistan's Muslim majority population, Christians face intense and ever escalating persecution because of their religious identity.
Friday, September 20th, 2013
St. Joseph Church in Mumbai, India was desecrated when a group of unknown persons vandalized the church's chapel and stole some of its most holy items. Attacks on Christians and their places of worship in India continues to rise as Hindu nationalist groups gain popularity in several of India's states. Where ever Hindu nationalism is growing, the number of violent incidents against Christians is also growing. Please pray for the persecuted of India.
Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
In the last month alone, reports of Christians being attacked by mobs of radical Hindu nationalists has increased dramatically. A church still under construction was attacked by a mob and torn down brick by brick as the pastor was beaten by the crowd. Over the month of August, three Christian women were attacked in separate incidents leading many Christians to live in constant fear of attack. Much of this anti-Christian violence can be attributed to the rise of Hindu nationalism. Followers of the Hindu nationalist movement believe that Christianity is a foreign religion and that true Indian citizens are Hindus. Openly persecuting the followers of Christianity is only one of the tactics these groups use to gain support and punish minorities.
Monday, September 16th, 2013
Over the past month, Christian women in India have found themselves under assault. Hindu nationalists across India are targeting Christians for vicious beatings as they demand they reconvert back to Hinduism. Unfortunately, the local governments and police do little to protect Christians or help them seek justice. Often the cases are ignored and extremists and radicals are allowed to attack Christians with impunity.
Saturday, September 14th, 2013
Four men in India were convicted of the fatal gang rape of a student in Delhi, a story that hit international headlines and brought violence against women in India to the forefront of India's social consciousness. Yet the violence faced by Christian women in India continues to be ignored. On August 29, a Christian woman in Madhya Pradesh was raped and killed by two Hindu men. The case continues to go unsolved and ignored by broader Indian society. Please pray for justice in this case.
Friday, September 13th, 2013
Facing certain death for converting to Christianity Pastor Obaid S. Christ and his wife fled from Afghanistan six years ago. On the day of his sister’s wedding in Kabul, he is in India without legal status, official recognition or an invitation to the wedding. Now, just footsteps away from one of the malls in New Delhi that mark the rise of the middle-class, he does not share their basic rights to rent a home, get a job, buy a cellphone, seek assistance from the police or visit a hospital for medical attention.
Friday, September 13th, 2013
With Christian persecution seeming to reach unprecedented levels across the world, it is difficult to know how or where to start when trying to pray for the persecuted. From Africa to the Middle East to Asia, Christians continue to suffer for their faith on a daily basis. Below are several current incidents of persecution Christians can take time to remember while praying for the persecuted this weekend.
Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Christian persecution has continue to escalate in connection with the wave of Hindu nationalism sweeping across India. In August, at least three Christian women where confronted by Hindu nationalists who demanded they reconvert back to Hinduism. When each of these women refused, the Hindu nationalists abused and beat them, dragging one woman and her daughter to a Hindu temple where they again demanded she convert back to Hinduism. Each woman had to be hospitalized for the injuries they sustained during the attacks. Police reports have been filed in each of the cases, but arrests and convictions are not guaranteed. In some states across India, local authorities do not fully investigate crimes against Christians, creating a climate of impunity that encourages more brutal assaults on India's faithful. Please pray for the persecuted of India.
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
A Christian woman from India's central state of Madhya Pradesh was reportedly sexually assaulted and murdered by two Hindus on August 29th. Both suspects in the case have been released, but authorities are still investigating the matter. Christians in many parts of India continue to live as persecuted religious minorities making them more vulnerable to attacks. In some cases, perpetrators of violence against Christians are allowed to walk free by local governments, allowing a culture of impunity to exist. In other cases, the government officials themselves are behind the persecution.
Friday, September 6th, 2013
Recent reports of religious violence in India have shown that Christian persecution is on the rise in the South Asian country. Many attribute this trend to the recent wave of Hindu nationalism that has swept across the country. Despite this recent blitz in persecution, the Church in India is continuing to grow because of pastors and other Christians who are brave enough to stand up to persecution and continue to live out their faith boldly.
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Three new reports of attacks on Christians in India's southern state of Karnataka have led many Christian leaders to condemn the recent increase in attacks on Christians in the South Asian country. Hindu nationalist movements, which have been gaining traction across India in recent years, are suspected to be behind the recent blitz of attacks. Please pray for the right of religious freedom to be upheld for Christians in India.
Friday, August 30th, 2013
On August 25, a mob of nearly 1,000 people rallied together in a village in northern India and destroyed a church. According to reports, the church's construction had been halted for two years because of opposition. It seems that the two years of tension has finally boiled over into outright violence. As the church was torn apart brick by brick, the mob also turned its rage on the pastor and the believers they could find, beating them severely. These persecuted brothers and sisters are now hiding, afraid to leave the relative safety of their homes. Please pray!
Thursday, August 29th, 2013
ICC has released a petition calling for the release of 7 Christian prisoner being unlawfully held by the Indian government in Kandhamal. These 7 Christians were arrested in the midst of the 2008 anti-Christian violence that swept across India's northeastern state of Orissa. Since 2008, these 7 Christians have been imprisoned without being convicted of any crime. Join ICC and help free these persecuted Christian brothers.
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
“I believe the government of India sincerely desires to promote religious freedom for all of its citizens. As an acceder to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, India has pledged to protect the right to freedom of ‘thought, conscience, and religion.’ Unfortunately, the five-year detention of these seven Christians for a crime they did not commit is intricately tied to their religious identity. Any further delay in their release would only prolong the tragedy their families have undergone these last five years. I sincerely hope this petition raises awareness of their plight and compels the government of India to act quickly.”
Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
A statue of the Virgin Mary depicted as a Sarna tribeswoman has caused religious hard-liners in the Sarna tribe to threaten Christian converts living within and around the Indian tribal group. In recent years, fundamentalist religious movements have spread across India leading to many new incidents of Christian persecution. Among the worse incident was the 2008 anti-Christian riots that swept across India's northeastern state of Orissa lead by Hindu extremists. Christians recently marked the 5th anniversary of the violence last Sunday (August 25).
Sunday, August 25th, 2013
It has been 5 years since mobs of radical Hindus swept across the valleys of Kandhamal, India, purging over 400 villages of their Christian inhabitants. In marking this anniversary, Christians are highlighting the fact that many of the perpetrators of the 2008 violence have escaped justice. Christians are often harassed by either radicals or police into not pursuing cases against their attackers, leading to a dramatic under reporting of anti-Christian violence in Kandhamal. Please pray for these persecuted brothers and sisters.
Sunday, August 25th, 2013
According to reports from the Fides news agency, there have been three recent incidents of violence against Christians in India. A Christian convent was attacked and destroyed, a Christian convert was kidnapped and the mother of a pastor was attacked and beaten. Do these recent attacks signal a new wave of persecution in India?
Friday, August 23rd, 2013
5 years after the 2008 anti-Christian riots that devastated Christian communities living in Kandhamal, a district in India's northeastern state of Orissa, a strange legacy is beginning to be seen. According to local Christian leadership, the Christian community now living in Kandhamal has a faith that is stronger and more united because of the riots. Although the riots were devastating, over 400 villages were attacked and purged of Christians, the Christian community has used that tragedy as a rallying point. Please pray for these brothers and sisters as they continue to grow in faith.
Monday, August 19th, 2013
An elderly Christian woman has been attacked and beaten by four Hindu extremists in Rajasthan, India. The mother of Rev. Vishaal Behl was home alone when extremists broke in attempting to find her son to beat him for his Christian activities. When the intruders didn't find Rev. Behl, they turned their rage upon his mother, severely injuring her head and arms. This is just another attack in a new wave of intolerance that is crashing across India. Please pray for this persecuted family and families who have also experienced this extreme form of intolerance.
Friday, August 16th, 2013
August 25, 2013 will mark 5 years since mobs of Hindu extremists attacked Christians living in Orissa, India for three months straight. The past 5 years has not seen much improvement for the Christians affected by the violence. On a recent trip to India, ICC was able to survey the Christian community of Orissa and Kandhamal and document their continued suffering. Many have not received assistance from the government and continue to be excluded and harassed by local Hindu radicals. Many have received no justice for their homes that were destroyed and the family members they lost in the violence.