Arrogance of US lawmakers

published on October 13, 2009

What an arrogance for this Conservative Christian redneck Senator to order the Orissa government to conduct business in favor of Christians. They still think they rule the world. There is no mention about Swamis brutal murder by Christian terrorists, which triggered the riots in Orissa,funded from overseasa Christian countries. They never lecture Islamic countries in this fashion & they know what will happen as happened to Korean evangelists who was beheaded in Afghanistan.

Kandhmal riots: US lawmakers seek action

BHUBANESWAR: The ghost of last year’s anti-Christian riots in Orissa’s Kandhmal district, which left over 40 dead and thousands homeless, is back to haunt the state government with a group of American lawmakers seeking action against those involved in the violence.

As many as 21 US lawmakers, led by Republican Trent Franks, have written a letter to chief minister Naveen Patnaik expressing concern over the alleged intimidation of the Christians in the communally-divided region and the possibility of the perpetrators of the violence going scot-free.

“Such attacks on the fundamental freedom of religion threaten not only India’s reputation for religious diversity, but also the very stability of India’s secular democracy,” said a news agency report, quoting the letter sent late last month.

“Given the recent experience with religiously inspired terrorism, we’re concerned that if Hindu extremists can act with impunity toward religious minorities in India, these extremists and their ideologies will begin to affect international security as well,” it added.

The letter comes after the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in August put India under its Watch List for the “country’s failure to protect the rights of religious minorities”.

The letter hasn’t gone down well with Hindu organisations. “Who’re they to interfere in Orissa’s internal problems?”

Bajrang Dal leader Subash Chouhan asked, “How can anyone say that Christians are the victims of violence at a time when bombs and firearms are being seized from Christian rehabilitation camp?”

Hindu Jagaran Sammukhya Orissa chief Ashok Sahu, who unsuccessfully contested the Kandhmal Lok Sabha seat in the recent polls, too, objected to the letter. “On what basis have they written such a misleading letter, if at all they have sent one? It’s uncalled for and the US lawmakers have no role to play in Orissa matters,” he said.

Even some Christian leaders have also taken exception to the latter. “The term Hindu extremists in the letter is unfortunate because we’ve maintained that criminals have no religion and whatever happened in August-September, 2008, was never the act of Hindus,” said Orissa Minority Front president Swarupananda Patra. “Blaming Hindus doesn’t make minorities happy, as they are aware of Hinduism’s secular tenant which probably isn’t known to the US lawmakers.”

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