New York Times and Washington Post published some pieces on conversions recently. If you did not look at the URLs, you would think these are from missionary propaganda sites like ucanews, persecution.com. Compare the pieces from a missionary propaganda website and Washington Post. See how amazingly similar the reporting is. Or New York Times report by Gardiner Harris. Or this New York Times editorial.
Lies and missionary propaganda
At the outset itself, Annie Gowen writes about the Asroi incident:
The trouble started a few months ago, when Hindu nationalists swept into a small village where several families had converted to Christianity more than a decade earlier. They held a fire purification ceremony with the villagers, tore a cross off the local church and put up a poster of the god Shiva. The space was now a temple, they declared.
The Adventist church itself published a report saying the re-conversions were not forced. Maybe Annie should go and see how her fellow Americans picture and publish proudly "crushing and burning of the false gods of Hinduism."
Annie Gowen writes:
Then right-wing Hindu groups announced a Christmas Day ceremony where they planned to welcome hundreds of Christians and Muslims into Hinduism.
Annie seems to be not aware of what Christian missionaries do during Christmas season. Christian missionaries convert others during Christmas season. In fact, Christmas season is huge for fund-raising and conversions. The evangelist Ravi Zacharias says "Christmas season presents tremendous opportunity for evangelistic outreach in India." You can see some more examples in this post and you can see how Christian missionaries hate even Hindus celebrating Hindu festivals!
Gardiner Harris in New York Times reports:
Visas for religious professionals are strictly limited
American missionaries lie and "visit" India on tourist visas. Thousands of American missionaries "visit" India every year. Read the section "foreign missionaries" in this post. Gardiner Harris is just peddling nonsense like John Dayal does. Annie Gowen quotes John Dayal in her piece. Why does John Dayal figure in so many places? Because that's his job. Organizations with which John Dayal is involved get money from foreign missionary organizations like Voice of Martyrs, Christian Solidarity Worldwide etc., Peddling bogus missionary persecution is his job.
Both Washington Post and New York Times piece quote the Delhi church incident. They do not provide any evidence. Who did it? So if something happens to a Hindu temple, should Hindus accuse Christian organizations without providing any evidence?
NYT editorial says Dalits convert to Christianity and Islam to escape caste oppression. "Dalit" Christians are petitioning Vatican that they are being discriminated.
Gardiner Harris uses the phrase "en masse" for Gharwapsi of 200 people. What phrase has to be used for numbers like this or this*? There are thousands of evangelical organizations like these in India.
NYT and WaPo are reporting like missionary propaganda sites do. Contrary to what missionaries(or NYT and WaPo in this case) would like you to believe, Christians get preferential treatment in India.
Christians and Muslims get preferential treatment in India but not in USA
USA is a truly secular country. Christians in USA often fight for rights to discriminate others but are rightly denied by courts. But Christians (and other minorities) in India get special treatment because of how Article 29 and 30 of Indian Constitution are interpreted. Let us take the public-funded St.Stephens College reserving seats for Christians. Such a provision is not there for Hindus. Or take the Right to Education law. Christian and other minority-run schools get exemptions from this law but not Hindu-run schools. Government controls Hindu temples but Churches and Mosques function autonomously. Such preferential treatment to Christians or any other group is unimaginable in USA.
Funding of hate by American evangelicals
Annie Gowen writes about how a Hindu group wants to re-convert Christians and Muslims.
He said his group’s ultimate aim is to ensure that Islam and Christianity “cease to exist” in India.
Christian missionaries - both foreign and Indian - say they want to see India as a Christian nation. They want to bring "light" to the "darkness" of India. The Great Commission. Massive profiling of "unreached" "people groups" has been done by Americans so that each "people group" can be targeted easily. Even their terminology is of colonial conquerors. USA is the largest contributor to evangelical NGOs in India according to FCRA returns. There are a lot of organizations which send millions of dollars each year. They do massive conversions. They are creating Hindu-hating people in India. Watch a couple of videos in this channel. Indian converts are addressing their American sponsors as "brothers in Christ" but call neighbor Hindus as heathens with devil mentality. When these Indian soul vendors visit their sponsors in America, they explain how they are targeting different "people groups". Why are American evangelicals funding this hate? Because evangelicals hate Hindus and anything related to Hindus. They want to harvest every soul. From foot-soldier missionaries to CEOs of multi-billion dollar companies, American evangelicals support conversions in India.
Let us take the current Power To Change India(change here means conversion) campaign going on in Bengaluru now.It is funded by Dallas-based East West Ministries. CEO of JCPenney is on its board of directors. You can see President George Bush at a dinner event. Americans are deeply involved in conversions in India.
Instead of spreading missionary propaganda and lecturing Indian govt, New York Times and Washington Post should ask why Americans are funding hate and conversions in India? Propaganda of WaPo and NYT don't seem to be any different from this predatory pastor from Texas.
NYT and WaPo are just echoing the sentiments of this missionary. They want to convert all for the Great Commission but cry persecution when it comes to Gharwapsi. The missionary persecution complex.
*Use an anonymizer when accessing missionary website links. Some missionary websites block Indian IPs. They work in India but don't want Indians to see their websites!