Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Church Attacks, Conversions & Holy Fathers..

Faith Under Attack? Which Faith?

Times of India's detailed everday coverage of the recent Karnataka Church Attacks & the aftermath under the heading "Faith Under Attack" is intriguing. Maybe the intention behind the repeated use of the words "attack", "danger", "assault" and all that is to denote the damages to a few Churches by a few angry Hindu youth. Maybe these youth are from Bajrang Dal or some other organization or even a section of frustrated general public.

But I think, the phrase "Faith under attack" should ideally be used to denote the concerted Christian efforts involving ALL sects and Churches of India & their global masters at converting gullible and poor Hindus by overt and covert means. That is an attack, an aggresion, a war, an invasion of much higher and alarming proportions.

It is an open secret that these Church groups which are in focus now are part and parcel of aggressive global evangelist missions like the "Joshua Project". When some of them say "oh we dont do any conversion" in the Indian media, it is an utter lie and flies off their face - The details and facts speak for themselves. ALL global Christian evangelist websites openly declare India as their No.1 focus.

For example, "Joshua Project" even has a running counter of a large list of all Hindu castes in India that shows what % of each caste has become Christian, and that is proudly denoted as "progress". Analagous to "planting of bombs", they speak of doing "Church planting" in every nook and corner of India. The Times of India iteself carried a report "The Businees of Faith" (7 Sep 2008, By Amrita Singh, TNN) on this. The Churches "planted" this way - do they have any sanctitiy, sacredness or noble purpose associated with them? The correct description for them is aggression camps or fradulent shops.

Aggressors pretending as Victims

The so called "normal" Hindus who are "pained" by attacks on Churches by Hindu "mobs" who are converting Karnataka into a battleground better become aware of all this. It is the Christian missions who are converting parts of India into "battleground" in their impatient, Adharmic quest to convert the whole world into a "harvest ground" for Christianity. Great ancient nations and cultures like Korea, Vietnam, Thailand and even many parts of China are falling for them, unfortunately. Alas, these cultures, having lost their vigour and virility are falling a prey to the Christian evalengelization.

"Normal" Hindus, ask yourself - is that what you want to happen to Bharat Bhumi also? You better learn a bit about the track record of "peace loving" Christain missions all over the world - in Africa, In South America and parts of Asia. Has that been *any* different, other than the common results of destruction of native cultures, exploiting and impoverishment of native tribes, stifling of freedom and libetry, engineering of long lasting ethnic conflicts (like in Rwanda and in our own Orissa tribal belts) and capture of political power thru religion? We in India have seen the face of Christian terror for so long in the North East. For example, frustrated by not getting converts over decades, the Baptist Church of Tripura deliberately engineered ethnic conflicts in the 1980s that resulted in large scale conversions. The deep nexus between the Christian missions and North eastern terrorsit outfits (like NLFT and the Baptist Church of Tripura) is very well documented. (Book: PG Varghese, 'India 's North-East Resurgence: Ethnicity, Insurgency and Governance, Development ' 1996).

The initial physical attacks on Churches in Karantaka were violent. They are no doubt condemnable - whoever is the guilty should be arrested and punished in accrodance with the law. But viewing them with myopic "secular" eyes as just "yet another act by the fascist saffron Brigade" is either utter stupidity and igorance or deliberate act of omission. It is very surprising to see the so called "intellectuals" who are supposed to be well-read in the world history and current affairs view these just as "goonda acts" and NOT as a relatively mildly violent Hindu reaction given the curernt scale of Christian aggression on Hindu Dharma and society.

The attacks had one good result in that they intially sparked a much needed discussion and debate on the Christian evangelist missions in Karnataka - viz. their activities, motives, their sources of funds, their impact on the society and demography and their political agenda. But in the chorous of the shrieking noises by the Christian bodies posing as "victims" and the overt Christian-appeasing acts by the Central govt. and the state opposition parties, the real issue abt Christian evangelization and conversion is now deliberately being pushed to the back seat.

Going by the facts and details of the reports about the later "attacks", particularly the burglary/intrusion in two Bangalore Churches, a strong suspicion arises whether these are stage managed shows by the Christian bodies themselves to increase the pitch of their "victimhood" stories. Given the track record of Christian groups in India and the world over, they are very adept at this. We have not forgotton the over-hyped stories about "murders" of Christian priests in Gujrat and "rapes" of nuns in MP a few years back none of which were real incidents but concocted stories deliberately propagated by the Christian missions. This has to be borne in mind.

Acts of folly by the Holy Fathers

The Karnataka state government has handled the issue really well. The Managalore police maintained extreme restraint even at the grave provocation of attacks by Christian protesters from Churches and cemetries.

The public snubbing of Karnataka Chief Minister by the Bangalore Archbishop in the full glare of the media is a highly condemnable and an utterly cheap act. What authority does the Archbishop have that he dares to humiliate the Honourable Chief Minister, that too when the CM has come as a guest to Bishop's house? Is this the "Atithi Satkar" that his Christian Values have taught him?

The Archbishop is really out of his mind, "Attacks worse than terrorism" he thunders in Times of India (24 Sep 08, Bangalore edition). Pray God, can he or anyone explain what that means? These skirmish attacks in which none died or even injured, in his view, are *worse* than terrorism that killed close to thousand Indian citizens, including our brave soldiers and policemen - What kind of Indian is this guy? Does he have any sense of belonging to this country and its people? I can understand his affections for the religion and the "Blessed sacrement", but such a statement?

Probably The Archbishop takes all his orders from Vatican and values them even more than the interests of the nation he is born into and its constitution. In that sense, he is just a lowly stooge of Pope, a tinpot dictator sitting in his Christian banana republic and exhorting his followers all over the world... And he makes faces and gets agitated in front of a well-respected and beloved person of Karnataka, a person holding the democratically elected highest office of the State govt.! His master dares to summon the Indian envoy in Vatican and questions about some small incidents happening in some states of India ! What an arrogance - so befitting to the religion of aggression that these holy men seek to propagate!

Conversion - is that all that is to your religion, Bishop?

Another perl of wisdom from Rev. Bernard Moras - "conversion is a relationship between God and human being. if it is under duress, I will not call that person a Christian" (TOI, 24 Sep 08). Its really neat, I think... he said it so clearly in his own words - The relationship between God and man - the pivot of his religion is not Bhakti or Prem (love), not Jnana (spiritual quest), not Seva (service), not Sadhana (divine practices) or any such thing - it is *conversion*.. If the idea of "conversion" is removed from the Christianity that he practices and preaches, there will be nothing left ! Conversion is both the means and end to such evangelical Christianity which is what *most* of Indian Christians are into, unfortunately, with very few exceptions of truly spiritual and worship-oriented Christian sects.

And there are theological reasons to it. Sitaram Goel, famous Scholar and a great historian observes -

"The Vedic tradition advises people to be busy with themselves, that is, their own moral and spiritual improvement. Several disciplines have been evolved for this purpose tapas (austerity), yoga (meditation), jñAna (reflection), bhakti (devotion), etc. A seeker can take to (adhikAra) whichever discipline suits his adhAra (stage of moral-spiritual preparation). There is no uniform prescription for everybody, no coercion or allurement into a belief system, and no regimentation for aggression against others.

The Biblical tradition, on the other hand, teaches people to be busy with others. One is supposed to have become a superior human being as soon as one confesses the *only true faith*. Thenceforward one stands qualified to *save* others. The only training one needs thereafter is how to man a mission or military expedition, how to convert others by all available means including force and fraud, and how to kill or ruin or blacken those who refuse to come round."

(Preface of the book VINDICATED BY TIME - The Niyogi Committee Report
On Christian Missionary Activities
, Voice of India Publications, New Delhi) .

The whole meaing of freedom to relgious conversion has to be understood in such a theological context. There is an ocean of difference between religions that just accept converts that come by naturally (Hinduism, Buddhism) and cults which have conversions as their main goal, aiming not for any liberation of individual but for dominance and power (Christianity, Islam).

The Indian Christian missions should realize that slogans like "Nagaland for Christ", "Karantaka for Christ" and the biggie one, "India for Christ" should all be rejected outright for the well being of Indian nation, with its grand and beautiful legacy of religious diversity from time immemorial. They should start respecting other religions and stop the conversion activities. Otherwise such "missionary position" that is not just dull, uninspiring and boring :)), will also continue to pose great danger to the the social harmony and freedom in India. And thats true for the world at large, too.

Friday, September 05, 2008

இந்தியாவைக் குறிவைக்கும் கிறிஸ்தவ மிஷநரி அமைப்புகளும், அமெரிக்கஅரசு சதித்திட்டங்களும்: தெஹல்கா அதிரடி ரிப்போர்ட்

சில மாதங்கள் முன்பு எனது கிறிஸ்தவம் என்கிற கோகோ கோலா பதிவில் ஜோஷுவா ப்ராஜெக்ட் என்ற பயங்கர கிறிஸ்தவ மதமாற்றத் திட்டம் பற்றிய தகவல்களையும் மற்றும் அதன் சீரியஸான தாக்கத்தைப் பற்றியும் எழுதியிருந்தேன்.. அப்போது நான் சும்மா பூச்சாண்டி காட்டுகிறேன் என்று கூட தமிழ் வலையுலகில் சிலர் கேலி செய்தனர்..

வெல், இப்போது இந்தியாவின் முன்னணி புலன்விசாரணை பத்திரிகையான தெஹல்கா.காம் இதே விஷயத்தைப் பற்றிய விரிவான ரிப்போர்ட் ஒன்றை disturbing exposé என்ற குறிப்புடன் வெளியிட்டிருக்கிறது...

Preparing for the harvest ... The Tehelka Report

A new mood of aggressive evangelism has been emanating from America. Well-funded, superbly networked,backed by the highest of the land, seized of its moral supremacy, it has India as one of its key targets, reveals VK Shashikumar in a disturbing exposé...

இந்தியாவில் இருக்கும் ஒவ்வொரு சமூகக் குழுக்கள், சாதிகள் பற்றிய விவரங்களையும் இந்த ஜோஷுவா ப்ராஜெக்ட் தங்கள் வலைத் தளத்திலேயே போட்டுவைத்திருப்பதைப் பற்றியும் அந்தப் பதிவில் குறிப்பிட்டிருந்தேன்.. தெஹல்காவின் துப்பறிதலில் இந்த விவரங்கள் அனைத்தும் அமெரிக்க உளவுத்துறை நிறுவனம் (CIA) மற்றும் அமெரிக்க வெளிநாட்டு அமைச்சகம் இவற்றின் கைகளுக்குப் போவதாகவும் தெரிய வந்துள்ளது..

ஏறக்குறைய இயற்கையையும், ஜீவராசிகளையும் போன்றே பல சிக்கலான உறவுகளையும், வலைப்பின்னல்களையும் கொண்டது இந்திய சமூக அமைப்பு. இந்து, பௌத்த, சமண, சீக்கிய மதங்கள் உபதேசிக்கும் மானுட அறம், தர்மம், அனைத்து உயிர்களையும் நேசித்தல், இயற்கையைப் போற்றுதல் ஆகிய பல கோட்பாடுகளால் உரமூட்டப்பட்ட இந்த அமைப்பு, வானவில்லின் வர்ணஜாலம் போல ஏராளமான வேற்றுமைகளைக் கொண்டிருந்தும், பெரிய சமூக மோதல்களையும், பழங்குடிப் போர்கள் மாதிரியான சண்டைகளும் இல்லாமல் அமைதியாக வாழ்ந்து வருகிறது..

இந்த சமூக அமைப்பை அறிவியல் பூர்வமாக ஆராய்ந்து இதில் சில கண்ணிகளை வேண்டுவென்றே தூண்டிவிட்டு எரிமலையாக வெடிக்கச் செய்து நாட்டில் பல சமூகக் குழப்பங்களை உருவாக்கும் உள்நோக்கத்துடனேயே இந்த அமெரிக்க நிறுவனங்கள் இந்த விவரங்களை மெனக்கெட்டு, துல்லியமாக சேகரித்துத் தொகுக்கின்றன என்பது கண்கூடு.

நம் நாட்டிற்கெதிரான இந்த மிகப்பெரிய தேசத்துரோக சதியில் ஏராளமான இந்திய கிறிஸ்தவ அமைப்புகள் அங்கம் வகிக்கின்றன என்பது வெட்கக் கேடான விஷயம்.. இந்தக் குற்றங்களால் தண்டிக்கப் பட்டு, ஒழிக்கப் படவேண்டிய இந்த அமைப்புகள் ஏதோ இந்திய மக்களுக்கு சேவை செய்கிறோம் என்ற பெயரில் இங்கே உலவிக் கொண்டிருக்கின்றன..

வேர்ல்டுவிஷன்(World Vision) அமைப்புக்கு நன்கொடை அளிக்காதீர்கள்! என்ற எனது இன்னொரு பதிவில் மதமாற்றிகள் என்பதாலேயே இவர்களைப் புறக்கணிக்க வேண்டும் என்று கூறியிருந்தேன்... ஆனால் தெஹல்கா கட்டுரைப் படி பார்த்தால், இந்த அமைப்பை தேசத்துரோக சதிக்குத் துணைபோகும் நிறுவனம் என்று கூறுவதே சரியாக இருக்கும்!

ஒரிஸ்ஸாவில் தற்போது நடந்து வரும் கலவரங்களைப் பற்றி ஏதோ காரணமில்லாமல் இந்து கும்பல்கள் கிறிஸ்தவர்களைத் தாக்கி வருவதாக இந்த அமைப்புகள் ஒப்பாரி வைக்கின்றன.. சூடான் நாட்டில் அங்கிருக்கும் அரசுக்கு எதிராக உலக-பெட்ரோல்-அரசியல் பின்னணியில் இதே மாதிரியான கூச்சலை அங்குள்ள கிறிஸ்தவ மிஷநரி அமைப்புகள் போட்டு வருவதையும் இந்த ரிப்போர்ட் குறிப்பிடுகிறது.

இத்தகைய மிஷநரி சதிகாரர்களின் தலைமைக் கூடாரமாக சென்னை நகரமும், தமிழகமும் விளங்கி வருகிறது என்பதையும் இத்தகைய ரிப்போர்ட்கள் அனைத்தும் கூறுகின்றன. தமிழ் கூறும் நல்லுலகத்தை நாசமாக்கும், தருமமிகு சென்னையில் அதர்ம மதத்தைப்
பரப்பும் இந்த சதிகாரர்களின் சதித்திட்டங்களை உண்மையான தமிழர்கள் ஒன்றிணைந்து முறியடிக்க வேண்டும்.