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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Tamilnadu Villagers furious with Christian Missionaries

January 16, 2005, 3:52 pm

Samanthapettai, Jan 16

Rage and fury has gripped this tsunami-hit tiny Hindu village in India's southern Tamil Nadu after a group of Christian missionaries allegedly refused them aid for not agreeing to follow their religion.

Samanthapettai, near the temple town of Madurai, faced near devastation on the December 26 when massive tidal waves wiped it clean of homes and lives.

Most of the 200 people here are homeless or displaced , battling to rebuild lives and locating lost family members besides facing risks of epidemic,disease and trauma.

Jubilant at seeing the relief trucks loaded with food, clothes and the much-needed medicines the villagers, many of who have not had a square meal in days, were shocked when the nuns asked them to convert before distributing biscuits and water.

Heated arguments broke out as the locals forcibly tried to stop the relief trucks from leaving. The missionaries, who rushed into their cars on seeing television reporters and the cameras refusing to comment on the incident and managed to leave the village.

Disappointed and shocked into disbelief the hapless villagers still await aid.

"Many NGOs (volunteer groups) are extending help to us but there in our village the NGO, which was till now helping us is now asking us to follow the Christian religion. We are staunch followers of Hindu religion and refused their request. And after that these people with their aid materials are leaving the village without distributing that to us," Rajni Kumar, a villager said.

The incident is an exception to concerted charity in a catastrophe that has left no one untouched.


At 7/29/2005 12:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to aggressively retaliate against Christian Missionary propaganda. We don't need this Desert Religion, it was meant for those desert barbarians. These Missionaries are just exploiting poverty for spreading their bogus religion. What is it that they are doing ? Even their Gods don't have a decent name, for that also they have to borrow from Hinduism. Take for instance their favourite names like Nirmala, Vimala, Amala, all these Hindu names are being used by their so called Gods ! I have searched in vain the entire Bible but no such Gods are there ! These converts are imitating Hindu temple rituals/customs/traditions like lighting Hindu lamps, pulling raths etc. These are all ridiculed in the Bible and in fact banned .These are referred to as pagan customs, yet the converts are imitating them. This shows that there is a clear deficiency in this desert religion. This must be highlighted to help converts to RETURN TO THEIR ANCESTRAL RELIGION - SANATANA DHARMA - HINDUISM.


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