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Is Europe Anti-Catholic?

A former Polish prime minister, Jroslav Kaczynski told a recent audience there was a climate of anti-Christianity in the once solidly Christian Europe. “If Europe is to be strong, it has to be Christian. And today, it is anti-Christian and especially anti-Catholic.” There is something ironic concerning comments about the anti-Christian attitude that he believes is common in Europe. Unfortunately, Mr. Kaczynski does not offer any explanation for this turn of events. Which factors or ideas have resulted in this supposedly anti-Christian attitude emerging? Perhaps, one explanation for what he terms “anti-Catholic” stems from the inability of the Catholic Church to recognize the modern world and make adjustments to fit into it. The idea of a celibate priest or nun simply doesn’t fit into contemporary thinking. Of course, the concept of celibacy only came to the church after hundreds of years had passed from the death of Christ.

Perhaps, the people of Europe are not so much “anti-Christian” as having a different conception as to the meaning of Christianity. Perhaps, the stumbling bumbling behavior of the current Pope reflects his inability to grasp the nature of how Catholics think in the year 2009? Pope John XXIII stirred Catholics forty years ago, but none of his successors could build on the exciting ideas of this dynamic leader.

Communists Take Blame For Killing Hindu Leader

Riots have swept through the Indian state of Orissa after a prominent Hindu holy man was killed. Hindu fundamentalists blamed Christians for the murder and then proceeded on their own murderous rampage against Christians homes, churches and people in order to avenge the death of their holy man. They also accused Christians of bribing poor tribes people and low caste Hindus in order to persuade them to become Christians. A Maoist leader announced to the world his group was behind the killing of the holy man. Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda told reporters “we ordered the death penalty for him”because he was using force to get tribes people to convert to Hinduism. “They suppressed the evidence so that they could get an excuse to attack Christians.”

India lies between modernity and living in a tribal religious past in which religion is used in order to gain power and wealth. During the riots against Christians, nuns were raped but it is doubtful if anyone will be arrested for this violence. In the mean time, the person responsible for the death is free to hold press conferences. However, Christian villagers are now living in refugee camps.

Anti-Christian Violence Spreads In India

The Western media has published countless articles depicting Muslim terrorism and violence but has tended to ignore the growing violence in India against Christians. At least 20 people have died over the past month in the state of Orissa as Hindu mobs attacked churches and homes of Christians who are accused of a variety of crimes ranging from attempting to convert poor Hindus to killing Hindu leaders. Yesterday, a mob of 1,000 surrounded a police station in Orissa’s Kandhamai district demanding the release of 20 Hindu leaders who had been arrested in conjunction with violence toward Christians. Police had to open fire and at least one person was killed in their attempt to storm the prison.

Thousands of Christians have already taken shelter in makeshift government camps in Orissa after Hindu mobs torched their homes. Ironically, India has never had any history of such anti-Christian behavior and it most probably has arisen over the past few decades as Hindu nationalism became more prominent in the political scene. In the southern state of Karnataka at least 20 churches have been burnt by Hindu mobs in the past ten days.

The India government has asked for assistance from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party but there is scant evidence it wishes to calm down the mobs. Perhaps, it is time for the world media to pay some attention to Hindu terrorism and violence.

Christians In India Riot In Response To Hindu Riots

Hindu militants spent the past weekend attacking Christian places of worship resulting in the burnings of at least 20 homes and the destruction of 17 prayer halls. Hard line fundamentalist Hindus claim Christians pay money to poor people in order to gain converts. In response to the riots, Christian groups engaged in their own riots yesterday and clashed with Indian police. About a 100 Christians were arrested because police intended to halt the spree of riots. The recent outbreak of anti-Christian rioting began in August when a Hindu religious leader was killed. Police insisted a Maoist rebel killed him, but fundamentalist Hindus concluded it was the work of Christians. They rioted and burned down an orphanage. At present about 20,000 Christians have fled their homes and are living in refugee camps.

The ongoing tragedy of India is the unresolved religious clashes which continually set Hindu vs Muslim or Hindu vs Christian or Muslim vs. Christian. One can only conclude that religion in India has served to bring joy to millions and hatred to millions.