Friday, January 13, 2012

Indictment of two Christians by sharia court brings fear of backlash to other Christians in India

Even though this sharia court was self-proclaimed, I am sure Allah would have no objection to the spread of sharia, and blesses their every action.  At least, that is what Mufti Bashir-ud-din would tell you if asked.  

I find it humorous that Muslims were being "lured" into Christianity, it sounds as though the Christians pulled up in a van with tinted windows and offered the Muslims candy, or asked them for help in finding a lost puppy.  To frame it as an evil action by the Christians makes it easier to continue the victim status, and the attention of the world.

From The Times of India January 13 by Saleem Pandit

Indian Christians fear backlash due to Sharia ruling

SRINAGAR: All India Christian Council in New Delhi on Friday feared backlash against Christians in the country due to incrimination of pastors Jim Borst and CM Khanna by Srinagar's self-styled Islamic Shariat court. 

The self-proclaimed Supreme Court of Islamic Sharia headed by Mufti Bashir-ud-din on Wednesday indicted Pastor C M Khanna and Dutch national, Jim Borst for their alleged involvement in luring Kashmiri Muslims to convert to Christianity. 

The Deputy Mufti-Azam Jammu and Kashmir and son of grand Mufti Bashir-ud-din, Mufti Muhammad Nasir-ul-Islam in a statement on January 11 said that "it was proved beyond doubt that the accused" pastor Khanna "along with other accomplices was luring Muslim people to change their religion." 

"The Kashmir situation is going through a critical phase and if such elements are not brought to book it will have a serious and negative impact on the (Kashmiri Muslim) society. It is shocking and surprising that the state government was allowing such activities. Kashmir society will not tolerate such activities at all and we stand united against such elements," Mufti Nasir said. The deputy Mufti added that a detailed verdict against the accused would be made public soon. 

The two pastors have already quit the valley. They left soon after Pastor C M Khanna (who lived in Kashmir for past several years) was released on bail on December 1, 2011. The J&K police had arrested him on November 19, 2011 on charges of fomenting communal trouble in the state. 

All India Christian Council in a statement on Friday feared that the Sharia court's threatening that it would issue a sentence soon could "encourage extremist elements to indulge in violence." 

Christian Council secretary general Dr John Dayal said that the church in India "displayed remarkable sobriety and a sense of responsibility in their response" to the arrest in Srinagar of CM Khanna, pastor of the All Saints Church "on the demand of a local Mufti." 

"It was hoped that religious and secular authorities, and the state government, would show maturity and responsibility keeping in view the delicately poised public peace situation and the hardship the common people have faced at the hands of terrorists of various hues and other agencies." 

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