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November 17, 2005

Are Hindus jealous of Moslems' press coverage?

From Compass Direct...

Hindu extremists attacked 62-year-old Pastor Feroz Masih in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh on November 4, accusing him of “forcibly converting” Hindus and severely beating him.

The attackers then forced Masih to sign a document saying he was willing to participate in a ceremony planned for Sunday (November 20), in which all 60 members of his church would be converted back to Hinduism.

If the pastor and other church members refused to take part, the extremists said, they would be burned to death.

The attack and beating occurred as Masih, a former Hindu, was traveling to nearby Norha village to comfort a believer who was mourning the death of a family member.

Masih’s son, Ramesh, told Compass that about 10 members of the World Hindu Council (VHP or Vishwa Hindu Parishad) and its youth wing, Bajrang Dal, stopped his father and accused him of forced conversion.

Verbal arguments soon gave way to violence; the mob beat Masih so severely that he sustained internal injuries, requiring medical treatment. At press time he was still recovering.

As I've said before, to resort to violence is a loud signal that you really don't believe your religious is even true, otherwise you'd simply let the truth speak for itself.

Posted by Danny Carlton at November 17, 2005 05:51 AM

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