Earlier today I picked up on this short piece over at Reuters.
"Christianophobia" is a growing problem around the world and it must be fought with the same determination as anti-Semitism or Islamophobia, the Vatican said on Friday.
Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican's foreign minister, spoke in the wake of attacks against Christians in India that have left at least 13 people dead this week.
“In order to promote this dignity in an integral way, so-called 'Christianophobia' should be combated as decisively as 'Islamophobia' and anti-Semitism," he [Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican's foreign minister] said.
This week in eastern India, thousands of people, most of them Christians, have sought shelter in makeshift government camps, driven from their homes by religious violence.
Hindu mobs burnt more than a dozen churches and attacked Christians after a Hindu leader was killed.
[...] Hindu groups accuse Christian priests of bribing poor tribes and low-caste Hindus to change their faith, the Christians say lower-caste Hindus convert willingly to escape a complex caste system.
Last month, Pope Benedict told Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that minority Christians in Iraq needed more protection.
The Archbishop of Mosul of Iraq's largest Christian denomination, the Chaldean Catholics, was kidnapped in February and found dead two weeks later.
The Vatican has often expressed concern that conflicts in the Middle East are greatly diminishing the Christian population in the areas of the religion's birth.
This is not the sort of behaviour that we have come to expect from Hindu people, who are, by and large, tolerant and inclined to see the spiritual in almost all religions and beliefs.
It seems to me that the unrelenting attacks upon the Hindu faith, and the believers in that faith, by Muslims, both indigenous and overseas, is provoking an intolerant backlash against all non-Hindu faiths present on the sub-Continent. Much as that is to be deprecated it is understandable.
Muslims in India today seem to be intent upon promoting themselves as having some sort of status as victims of the Hindu majority. It’s a cunning strategy and one which seems to be working, but in reality nothing has changed in India for its Muslim population. They have exactly the same rights as the rest of the population; they are equal under the law; they have exactly the same opportunities as anyone else in India does. In no sense that makes sense is the Muslim population of India any different from the rest of the population, but they have managed to foment, in the Hindu majority, a feeling of being attacked from within and without and have, very successfully, led that majority to impute the worst of motives to any non-Hindu endeavour or religion.
I do not doubt but that there is a deliberate and wilful attempt by fundamentalist Islamic believers to foment discontent amongst the Hindu believers in India, for it is only by driving all the non-Hindu faiths away from tolerant Hinduism, and creating enmity between us all, that they can achieve their oft-stated and long-term goal of re-islamising India. Divide and conquer is the order of the day in India!
I could wish, I do so wish, that the great Thomine port of Cranganore (the very port where Hippalus landed and the very place of ancient Jewish settlement) – that place where Christianity first came to India in 52AD (Thomas the Apostle landed there) – had rejected Malik ibn Dinar (Malik The Damned in Hindu legend) when he landed there with his wild-eyed, crazy followers of that evil, so-called prophet Muhammed, almost six-hundred years later. How much better the world would have been had he been denied any right at all to build the Cheraman Perumal Juma Masjid (reckoned to be the first mosque in India).
We cannot go back in time and change history, but we can make history – as St. Thomas (Didymus) The Apostle did when he landed on that Kerala coastline and changed the world for the better. We can make history by exploding the lies, the fabrications and the falsehoods that the evil ones, the followers of the false prophet Muhammed, disseminate amongst us today in their silly and vain attempts to drive us all apart – to divide us and to conquer us and to promote the evil that is Islam as some sort of humane life-style.
Wasn’t it Tacitus who said of some enemy or other “Solitudinem faciunt pacem appelant”. Well, that’s precisely what the Muslims of India are trying to do today. Pity we poor Christians caught in the middle. Still, and all, it’s our fight, too!