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India’s Christians ask government for protection during Holy Week

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Nirmala Carvalho

There has been an escalation of violence by Hindu radicals in recent weeks. Churches damaged, pastors beaten and arrested, faithful manhandled. President of Global Council of Indian Christians: "It seems that praying in India has become a crime. Christians are not treated like other citizens".
New Delhi (AsiaNews) - Given the recent attacks on Christian communities, it is urgent to ensure the safety of the faithful during the Holy Week celebrations: This is the cry for help that is being addressed to the National Commission for Human Rights (NHRC) by Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC).

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Isis persecution of Christians not justified by Prophet Mohammed's teachings, says study

Previously untranslated writings by the Prophet Mohammed can act as 'a kind of medicine to cure the diseases of Islamic extremism and Islamophobia'
The persecution of Christians in the so-called Islamic State is not justified by Prophet Mohammed’s writings, according to research.

The study into the works of the Muslim prophet written between 622 and 632 AD indicates Christians living within the “ummah” – Arabic for community – were protected and defended.

Craig Considine, the paper's author, considers the prophet's vision of a Muslim nation to be one with religious pluralism and civil rights.

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Concern over religious freedom, US lawmakers write to Modi

Washington, Feb 27, 2016, PTI:
'We also urge you to take steps to control the activities of groups, such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), and instruct Indian security forces to enforce the rule of law and protect religious minority communities from religiously- motivated harassment and violence,' the lawmakers said.
Expressing serious concern over violence against religious minorities in India, 34 top American lawmakers have asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate steps to protect their fundamental rights and bring the perpetrators to justice."We urge your government to take immediate steps to ensure that the fundamental rights of religious minorities are protected and that the perpetrators of violence are held to account," the lawmakers, including eight Senators, said in a letter to the Prime Minister.

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