Resolution passed by Hindu – Christian leaders in Kerala

via HK Correspondent published on September 30, 2008

KOCHI : We condemn the violence in the name of religion. No religion accepts violence. This meeting resolves that mutual trust, friendship and collective efforts among different religions is inevitable not only for the unity and integrity of the nation but also for the Very survival of humanity. Attempts and postures to create hatred and distrust among religions are to be dissuaded and defeated. Faith in one’s own religion is precious to everyone. Any attempt to convert religion by force will upset religious harmony. The right and freedom of the individual to practice his religion should never be denied.  Similarly the Indian Constitution and Indian tradition upholds the right and freedom of people of all religions to preserve and practice their respective faith. The tendency to question and condemn other religions has to be stopped. Also it is wrong to project in bad taste insult icons and idols of religious significance held in great regard by the faithful.

 

Lately, there have been frequent developments that cause concern to the religious people. More than four churches in Kerala were attacked. Attack and loot in temples is quite common. The main gate at the entrance of the famous Angadipuuram temple was set ablaze. Several Sree Narayana Guru Mandirs were demolished. The failure of the authorities to bring to book the guilty or to pursue the investigation effectively has led to strong protest among the people. Places of worship are solemn and sacred to whomever they belong. Cooperation to promote and strengthen faith in the Almighty is always to be hailed.

 

We are committed to the unity and integrity of India. We shall unite to work strive for the cause of the poor and the persecuted in this country. Also we shall join hands for the moral upliftment of the society. All have to be conscious and cautious about the political moves to exploit religious sentiments. We shall always try to ensure peace and harmony in the society.

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