Religious conversions: K’taka govt to survey Christian missionaries

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Religious conversions: K’taka govt to survey Christian missionaries

Bengaluru: The Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Department in Karnataka has ordered the officers to conduct a survey of both official and non-official Christian missionaries functioning in the state, according to sources.

The order is being issued in the backdrop of discussion of rampant religious conversions in the state. The decision was taken in the meeting held at Vikasa Soudha on Wednesday by the Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Committee.

Legislators Goolihatti Shekar, Puttaranga Setty, B.M. Farooq, Virupakshappa Bellary, Ashok Naik and others took part in the meeting and discussed the matter. The committee also discussed the facilities availed by the missionaries from the government. The committee also discussed the registration of Christian missionaries.

The committee members have suggested withdrawing government facilities to those who get converted. BJP MLA Goolihatti Shekar stated that according to preliminary information available, 40 per cent of the Churches functioning in the state are unofficial. “Statistics are being gathered in this regard. The committee discussed unofficial missionaries operating in the state,” he added.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has reiterated that the government will bring anti-conversion law to impose a ban on forceful conversion activities in the state. “The government is studying laws implemented in this regard by the various state governments in the country. The law in this regard will be enacted soon in Karnataka,” he said.

BJP MLA Goolihatti Shekar had raised the issue of religious conversions on the floor of the Assembly during the Monsoon Session. He claimed that his mother was converted without his knowledge, and the Christian missionaries foisted false atrocity and rape cases on those who questioned their conversion activities. He has also initiated ‘Ghar wapsi’, an initiative to facilitate conversions of Christians to Hinduism.

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  1. It’s useless to talk about surveying conversion if Indian laws don’t provide for reconversion to Hinduism laws.

  2. Hindus cannot be converted. Once born a Hindu, always a Hindu. Just because one falls inside a gutter, he/she does cease to remain a Hindu. He/She can always take a bath and clean themselves up.

  3. Why doesn’t the government stop the liquor shops and save many women and children from atrocities of drunk husbands?
    When people are choosing to live a changed and peaceful life, that is trying to be stopped.

  4. Religion is very intimate subject for a human being on earth. No one should force or influence anyone but when time comes humans are intelligent enough to decide which religion show path to attain higher knowledge and connectivity. Doors are many but Destination is one. Passing a law on this is a human right violation.

  5. It’s rather do some better work for the development of people in the state, when Govt doesn’t have anything to do they come out with this agenda to fool the people and project as if they are working…

  6. Ban all foreign funding to Indian NGOS,withdraw sc/st status and benefits of cryptochristians and free Hindu temples from government control.

  7. Matthew 7:5 In the King James Version of the Bible the text reads: Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; … You hypocrite! First, remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.

  8. Why are so many trumpets being blown before the law is being passed?Just do it already and dont jinx it!

  9. In Russia, after 70 years of no worship, ‘no god ‘propaganda,shutting down churches and purging of clergy ,churches were opened ,clergy brought from elsewhere and today Russia has the largest number of church goers next only to Phillipines. If the govt makes laws against a faith people will have something on their lips and something else in their hearts and wait for the right time when God gives them the strength to say aloud what is in their heart.

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