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World-renowned evangelist barred from preaching in Kerala

ICC Note

The evangelist was barred from preaching after Hindu radicals pressured police to stop him from preaching.

By Rinu Varghese

10/04/2009 India (Christian Today India)-The Ghana-based preacher who was to address a three-day gathering at Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium was prohibited from speaking after Hindu groups pressured the police citing visa norms.World-renowned evangelist and prophet Pastor Bernard Blessing was on Monday restrained from preaching at a convention organised by Pentecostal groups in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.

The Ghana-based preacher who was to address a three-day gathering at Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium was prohibited from speaking after Hindu groups pressured the police citing visa norms.

Thiruvananthapuram police commissioner M R Ajith Kumar told media that Blessing had come on an x-visa (entry visa), and this does not permit “any right to make religious preaching”. Blessing was, however, permitted to attend the event but not speak.

The hullabaloo over Blessing’s presence came after Hindu outfits raised several allegations on ‘conversion’ and ‘disturbing peace’. As a result, at the last minute, the evangelist was barred from preaching and given a conditional access.

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