Amidst the presidential elections and economic turmoil in the U.S., American media has largely ignored the violence against Christians in India. 52 Christians in Orissa have been killed by Hindu extremists, as scapegoats for the murder of a Hindu leader by a Maoist group. Edward T. Oakes, S.J. puts the violence in perspective at the First Things website, noting that many converts to Christianity in India come from the “untouchable” castes and that their conversion is seen by some Hindus as a threat to Hindu identity and religion in India.
Please join me in prayer for our Indian brothers and sisters in Christ.