Concerns Expressed After Jharkhand, India Passes Anti-Conversion Law

India (Mission Network News) In India, religious minorities are seeing their freedoms slowly erode. The northeastern state of Jharkhand recently became the ninth state to pass anti-conversion laws, which are often used to suppress any religion other than Hinduism.

“I think in the little over three years that we’ve had this government in place, we’ve certainly seen those states that have the anti-conversion laws get stronger in trying to implement those laws,” says John Pudaite with Bibles For The World, an organization that works with indigenous nationals in India to distribute Bibles and provide education. “They’re getting more galvanized. They feel they have the support of the central government behind them.”

India is led by the Bharatiya Janata Party, a right-wing Hindu nationalist group. Reports from after the March 2017 election say physical violence against Christians have risen 40 percent since 2016, while murders of Christians have doubled.

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  • Robin Egg

    This is very, very bad news all around. Bad for the lost souls, bad for the Christians and bad for America because they are supposed to be an ally and have a nuke. This is not good news.

  • james blue

    Meanwhile here in the USA Christians are throwing fits over the boy scouts allowing girls to join.

    If you want to know what persecution is, if you want to see what religious oppression is, look there, because it’s not people saying “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas”, it’s not girls joining the boy scouts, it’s not a government clerk having to issue government documents, it’s not having to allow non Christians to give invocations before government meetings, it’s not having to share public spaces with monuments of other faiths…….,

    • MCrow

      The irony is palpable

      • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        Indeed it is, yet not in the way you intend.

    • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      And yet you cry over a cake. Go figure.

      • james blue

        My comment history, unlike yours, is open to full public view. Please feel free to link to any comment I’ve ever made “crying” over a cake or saying private business owners shouldn’t have the right to refuse goods and services to anyone for any reason.

        • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          I’m sorry, but if you’re seeking attention, you’ll have to get it from someone else.

          • james blue

            Feel free to not reply to my comments, but if you are going to accuse people of things have the decency to back up your charges.

          • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

            Oh the irony!