Friday, January 27, 2023

United Christian Forum of NE dubs allegations of forced conversion false

A month after 10 European tourists were deported from Assam after accusations that they were engaged in missionary work, a prominent Northeastern Christian organisation Friday expressed concern over “false allegations” of conversion.
Claiming that it is an effort to “malign” the community, United Christian Forum of North East India (NEI), said it has rendered yeoman service in the field of education, health and social development to all sections in society irrespective of caste, creed, or ethnicity. Spokesperson of UCF, Allen Brooks said in a release the “alarming news being spread about conversion has caused us great anxiety’’.
Christian leaders representing all Churches of the region, including Council of Baptist Church in North East India, Church of North India, Presbyterian Church of India, North East Christian Council (all Protestant churches), Evangelical Fellowship of India (all Pentecostal churches) and Regional Catholic Bishops Conference of North East India (all Catholic churches of NE) had met here on Thursday to discuss the issue.
“We have been the first to denounce any sort of forced conversion but at the same time, we also affirm the right of every citizen to choose any religion of his/her own choice that the Constitution guarantees under Articles 25-28’’, Brooks said.
It is wrong to make “false allegations of conversion by force, fraud or inducement with the intention of humiliating our community. We feel that such accusations are made with the deliberate intention of dividing our society’’, he said.

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