Monday, January 24, 2005

Conversion attempts in the time of grief

From rediff.com:

"Villagers were complaining to the police about a missionary group to which the van belonged.

They said the group had taken away to another place their belongings and the relief they had got from nongovernmental organisations and the government, which they had kept inside the temple, because they refused to listen to its missionaries.

'They want to try their luck at some other place. Since we resisted, they took away our things. We won't allow this to happen,' they said. 'Why don't you arrest all of them?' the villagers asked the police.

The villagers' torrent of angry words continued. 'We have lost everything to the sea. They said they would help us if we followed their religion. What logic is this? Are they here to help us or change our religion?' The police couldn't cool their tempers.

The group said it did not take away the belongings of the villagers and insisted that the contents inside the van belonged to it."

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