AICC protests against blasphemy by the RSS
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Christian Council protests Sangh Parivar's inflammatory and blasphemous statement against Jesus Christ
New Delhi, 8th February 2002
(All India Christian Council president Dr Joseph D Souza and Secretary general Dr John Dayal have issued the following statement to the Media following a meeting of the National and State-level office bearers of the Council in Hyderabad)
The All India Christian Council has taken strong exception to blasphemous statements made against our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by a senior member of the Sangh Parivar.
Mr. Dina Nath Batra, general secretary of the Vidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya Siksha Sansthan, a major frontal organisation of the Sangh Parivar involved in the saffronisation of education in the country. In a recent media interview used the most vulgar language against Christ's Divine
birth, which is an article of faith with the Christian community. Instead of apologising for his words, he went on to use the most disparaging language against the Virgin Mary. (As printed in the Outlook magazine.)
Such words show the mentality of the Sangh Parivar. It is quite obvious they have learnt nothing from the several rounds of `dialogue' they have had with some Church groups and individuals. It is evident that the leadership of the Sangh Parivar, following their ideology of hate and exclusivism, has no regard for the sentiments of the minority communities. Mr. Batra's inflammatory statement makes him liable to action under the law of the land for grievously injuring the sentiments of the Christian community.
The office bearers of the Christian council's national and state units, who met in Hyderabad this week, demanded a public apology by Mr. Batra and the leadership of the Sangh Parivar.
The Council, which reviewed the situation of the minorities in the states, and specially in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Himachal and Orissa, expressed concern at the unabated hate campaigns against the Christian community as well as against other minorities. It called on the
government of India to ensure that the law and order situation in the country on the eve of the elections in several states is not vitiated by the confrontationist and aggressive actions of various units of the Parivar.
The Council affirmed its solidarity with the Dalit Bahujan and marginalized people of the country and reviewed the progress of its project to sponsor a series of high quality schools for the Dalits in several states.
The All India Christian Council also called on the Government of the People' s Republic of China to immediately release Hong Kong businessman Li Guangqiang who has been sentenced to a prison term for bringing copies of the Holy Bible into China. Li was bringing the Bibles to an
underground Christian group. Hong Kong, before its merger, had full religious freedom even when there was widespread religious persecution in mainland China. Christian groups and Human rights activists in Hong Kong have expressed grave apprehensions following Li's arrest.
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