Sunday, February 5, 2023

NPCC terms ‘forced religious conversion’ allegations as farce

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K. Therie on Tuesday dismissed the allegations of forced religious conversions and termed it as “farce and shallow” and not sustainable. Therie in a statement also said the term “forced conversion” coined by RSS and BJP had never been able to convince him as religion was deeper and stronger than force. He said that faith was an acceptance of one’s inner heart, which no one could tear apart and convert another.
Therie alleged that religious divide was a reality and anti-conversion laws were deliberately misused, while even peaceful association and worship services were now termed as “forced conversions”. He mentioned that arresting over 40 Christians on charges of forced conversion was also a reality, pointing out that BJP’s manifesto had promised implementation of Uniform Civil Code (UCC) and Citizenship Amendment Act. He warned that Christians would be persecuted more and more in times to come.
Therie asserted that deportation of Christians holding tourist visas and denying visas on false allegations of forced conversion would not succeed in removing the faith.
He said deportation of 10 Christian tourists from Guwahati recently might have earned praise from BJP top guns at Delhi, but what had amazed Christians was that Christian chief ministers of the Northeast remaining mum for fear idol worshipers. While they might not be able to stop anti-Christian activities in the mainland, Therie asked Christians whether they would vote for BJP and its alliance and convey the message to the mainland and the world that they supported persecution of Christians.
The NPCC president said that three Hebrew men – Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego – were thrown into a fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon, for refusing to bow down to his image. But the three men were protected from harm and the king saw four men walking in the flame. The king then commanded them to come out and they came out from the fiery furnace. The king bowed to the God of Hebrews.
He said there were many miracles retold in the Bible that God had delivered to Christians, adding that miracles had saved many Christians from their death beds even today.

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