Barnabas Briefs: India, Lanka, Sudan & Indonesia

March 7, 2014 by  
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SRI LANKA: PASTOR AND WIFE DRAGGED FROM HOME, ASSAULTED BY BUDDHIST-LED MOB

Sri Lankan ChristiansA pastor and his wife were dragged from their home and assaulted by a mob led by Buddhist monks who demanded that the couple stop holding worship services.

The attack happened in Asgiriya, Kandy district, on 16 February. The 250-strong mob, led by eleven monks from the extreme nationalist organisation Bodu Bala Sena or Buddhist Strength Force (BBS), stormed the couple’s home.

A senior BBS leader warned villagers against such “traitors” and threatened the same treatment for others who supported Christian worship.

SUDAN: PASTOR ARRESTED WHILE PREACHING DURING CHURCH SERVICE

Sudan ChristiansA pastor was arrested at his church while he was preaching during the Sunday service.

The Rev. Yahya Abdelrahim Nalu was detained on 23 February and held for two days. He was told that he would “face justice” in court if he did not relinquish his position at Omdurman Evangelical Church to a government-appointed committee.

The church leader’s arrest appears to be part of the Sudanese authorities’ plan to take over church properties.

It follows the flattening of a church building in Omdurman on 17 February.

-morning star news

INDONESIA: MUSLIM MOB OCCUPIES CHURCH LAND TO BLOCK ITS BUILDING PLANS

Indonesia ChristiansHundreds of armed men led by local Muslim leaders forcibly occupied a plot of land belonging to a church to block its plans to erect a building on the site.

The raid in Talang Kelapa, South Sumatra, happened on 20 February, three days after a stone-laying ceremony to mark the start of church building work.

The Muslim leader who headed the mob said that the church did not have the permit required to build a place of worship.

INDIA: HINDU LEADER CALLS FOR END TO CONVERSIONS FROM HINDUISM

 

Ashok Singhal, leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)

Ashok Singhal, leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)

The leader of a fundamentalist Hindu group has called for an immediate end to conversions from Hinduism, or else, he claimed, Hindus, who comprise around 80% of the population, “will [soon] be a minority in India”.

The remarks by Ashok Singhal, leader of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), at a rally in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, on 22 February, have been criticised by government officials and Christian leaders.

The VHP, which has been behind attacks on Christians and other minorities, is one of a number of groups pushing Hindutva, a militant Hindu nationalist agenda that is striving to make India religiously “pure”.

Their political wing has succeeded in securing “anti-conversion” laws in a number of states; these are sometimes used to prohibit legitimate Christian evangelism.

– barnabas team

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