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On the Srinagar Sharia court’s statement against Christian pastors: AICC

January 14, 2012

This release comes from ALL INDIA CHRISTIAN COUNCIL comes to us via John Dayal

All India Christian Council concern at Srinagar Sharia court statement against Christian pastors

New Delhi, 13 January 2012

The All India Christian Council is deeply disturbed at the Srinagar based Sharia Court issuing a statement against Christian pastors Jim Borst and C M Khanna Srinagar, Jan 11: Supreme Court of Islamic Sharia Wednesday indicted Christian Pastor C M Khanna and Dutch national, Jim Borst for their involvement in luring people to convert their religion. The Sharia court has threatened it will issue a sentence shortly. Such statements can encourage extremist elements to indulge in violence, the Council fears.

Christian Council secretary general Dr John Dayal said the  church in India displayed remarkable sobriety and a sense of responsibility in their response to the arrest in Srinagar of Reverend Chander Mani Khanna, pastor of the All Saints Church late last year on charges of conversion on the demand of a local Mufti. It was hoped that religious and secular authorities, and the state government, would show maturity and responsibility keeping in view the delicately poised public peace situation and the hardship the common people have faced at the hands of terrorists of various hues and other agencies.

The Church does not accept as genuine any conversion  brought about by fraud or force. Dr John Dayal pointed out that a fact finding team which went to Srinagar in the wake of the arrest of Rev Khanna, and interviewed Church personnel, Ulema, school, authorities and the police, found no evidence of force or fraud in baptisms that have been carried out over a period of time. Each baptism has been proved to be voluntary. The Christian community in the entire valley does not number more than 400, and has lived in peace with its neighbours for the last century and a half

The Council said the Christian community does not accept the jurisdiction on the  Sharia courts or  similar instruments of other religions  anywhere in India. The vital issues of the rights of minorities, and freedom faith are also involved.

Dr John Dayal said it devolves on the Jammu and Kashmir Government, religious leaders and people of goodwill in the Kashmir valley to ensure that the nights of minorities are respected, thier welfare assured, and communal harmony strengthened in the region which so desperately requires and environment of peace for its development and wellbeing.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Ricky permalink
    January 15, 2012 9:43 PM

    A very good and sensible reply from All India Christian Council.

    By the way , “Supreme Court of Islamic Sharia” – a future Supreme court of Azad Kashmir.

    How wonderful!

  2. Pradeep permalink
    January 23, 2012 1:03 AM

    Fact is Christians and Muslims – do their best to convert Indians to their religions. Indian consciousness has developed by absorbing the best of Muslim secular traditions – like Sufis – and the goods of Christian Traditions – absorbed at times of British Rule – good educational traditions. Being in Nigeria – we can understand well – how aggressive pastors are nothing but commercial merchants out and out to make money. Wherever you are – my advise to you is – be a Sufi – who preached love as heart of Koran and that Christian – those sisters and Reverend Fathers – under whom we had the best of education – who taught us the value of compassion – which – Mr. Christ – who died being crucified on that cross – not for the rich but for the poor.

  3. Pradeep permalink
    January 23, 2012 1:23 AM

    And that Indian – who for ages – through vedantic to modern day – struggled for the scientific understanding – of Hinduism and its various varieties – progressiveness of Buddha – never the regressive attitude of Dalai Lama – the traditions of Sikhism, Basavanna, Periyar – cultural progressiveness in India is ad infinitum. Shambuka, Ekalavya, Karna!!! List is unending.

  4. January 30, 2012 1:44 AM

    SAS Geelani speaks up for Kashmir’s Christians http://www.indianexpress.com/news/banishing-no-solution-geelani/905349/

  5. asha kachru permalink
    January 30, 2012 5:15 AM

    though i was happy to read geelani’s bashing to his people in kashmir for having given a fatwa against some christian pastors, i think we need to be cautious with him.

    i do not appreciate his constant reminder to his people to get back to introduce more Islamic values in each and every act of daily life and in teaching (only) Islam to their children and to inculcate the supremacy of this religion over others. this approach inculcates communal behaviour and extremism. religion should remain a personal matter.

    and why does he mention daughters only in the context of their being married? he asks about how many daughters have been married by his people as opposed to those by charity christians in kashmir? are daughters a burden in his mindset, who need and must be married off? these are very conservative ideas, which he and his likes propogate against the wishes of girls and women, who however cannot oppose religious leaders like him.

    so i feel such statements as from the Christian council should come from other groups too so that the majority in the valley does not ever try to monopolise people through religious dogmas, in the valley in future.

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