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Political climate makes conditions even worse for Indian Christians

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“What Satan is trying to do here is preventing the church from helping people, preventing the church not just from conversions but also from extending any kind of physical help because anytime you help someone, that could be called an ‘inducement,”

11/12/2009 India (MNN)-New anti-conversion legislation coupled with more “extreme” Hindu extremist cells rising up across India make the future of Christians throughout the country look much more challenging.

First, “To further its campaign against Christianity, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded an amendment in the Indian constitution to check religious conversions,” according to Christian Today.

“What Satan is trying to do here is preventing the church from helping people, preventing the church not just from conversions but also from extending any kind of physical help because anytime you help someone, that could be called an ‘inducement,'” said Dave Stravers of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Mission India.

“There are some things that Christians can do which the government officials really cannot oppose. We have a literacy project, and this is such popular outreach that local officials simply accept it,” Stravers said. Because of the illiteracy rate in India , especially among women, government officials and even Hindus realize how needed these reading programs are.

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