A Christian Apology, Following strict warning

via With Media Inputs published on October 4, 2008

Ranchi : Following strict warnings from leaders of Sarna Dharm , Church leaders and Bible Soceity of India rendered their apologies for hurting the sentiments of Sarna Dharm followers     

The Adivasis of Jharkhand will not pardon the Christians for their 13 year crusade through “Nemha Bible” to demolish the “Sarna Dharm” said the central committee officials of Kendriya Sarna Samithi.  

The Samiti president, Ajay Tirkey, secretary Budhu Bhagat and some others at a press conference in Jhakhra Kumba near Veer Shivaji Chowk on Tuesday evening said the Bible in the name of “Nemha Bible”published by the Bible Society of India, Bangalore,intentionally carried insulting messages against the Sarna believers.  

The Bible written in the Kudukh language, on page 230 , contained abusive language that could disturb the peace of Jharkhand, added the Sarna leaders. They said they were hurt and the government despite their month long request, had done little to assuage their sentiments. They would launch a violent protest if the Bible Society or the Christian leaders did not apologise to the Sarnas.  

Following this warning,The adamant Christian Missionaries who held a deaf ear to all peaceful requests from Sarna leaders were quick yesterday to render apology once again proved that there is no room for ‘PEACE’ while communicating with them and they are ready only to respond in the only language they know -The language of VIOLENCE    

Church leaders and the Bible Society of India announced that they had initiated steps to remove the word “sarna” from all translated copies of the Bible.

In a statement issued today, the church leaders and the Bible Society of India again tendered a public apology for the “objectionable passages” in the Kurukh version of the Bible.

It added that the word “Sarna”, is removed from all the translated versions of the Bible with immediate effect.

This is the second time within a span of seven days that a public apology was issued jointly by the Bible Society of India and church leaders belonging to the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches in Ranchi.

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