Hindu Threat to Christians: Convert or Flee
By SOMINI SENGUPTA
Christians in eastern Orissa State in India say they are being forced to abandon their faith in exchange for safety.
A brief excerpt:
India is no stranger to religious violence between Christians, who make up about 2 percent of the population, and India’s Hindu-majority of 1.1 billion people. But this most recent spasm is the most intense in years.
It was set off, people here say, by the killing on Aug. 23 of a charismatic Hindu preacher known as Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, who for 40 years had rallied the area’s people to choose Hinduism over Christianity.
The police have blamed Maoist guerrillas for the swami’s killing. But Hindu radicals continue to hold Christians responsible. In recent weeks, they have plastered these villages with gruesome posters of the swami’s hacked corpse. “Who killed him?” the posters ask. “What is the solution?”
“What is the solution?” Damned good question, it needs a damned good answer. I wish I had one.
[Full article at the linked headline.]