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"Freedom to convert" is counterproductive as a generalized doctrine. It fails to come to terms with the complex interrelationships between self and society that make the concept of individual choice meaningful. Hence, religious conversion undermines, and in extremes would dissolve, that individual autonomy and human freedom.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Pastor fest in glare


Bangalore, Jan. 18: The row over US pastor Benny Hinn’s discourses took a legal twist today with Karnataka High Court asking for reports from the state government and the organisers on intentions of the three-day Festival of Blessings starting on Friday.

A division bench of Justices S.R. Nayak and Ajith Gunjan asked for the reports by Thursday following a public interest litigation by Jagdish Karanth of Hindu Jagaran Vedike.

The judges ordered that notices be issued to the state government, the Bangalore commissioner of police and the organisers of the prayer meeting, as the PIL charged that the event would cause communal tension in the city. The rally would be in violation of Article 25 of the Constitution (prohibition of conversions), the petition contended.


At 1/18/2005 09:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

India, Our Bharath desh, being a secular nation, this kind of religious restraining situation and those supporting these anti-replubican paradigm are a shame in this modern age of education and technologies.


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