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.