International Sanatana Dharma Society Condemns Murder of Hindu Swami

source:   August 26, 2008

On Saturday, August 23rd, 2008, a terrorist mob of fundamentalist
Christians attacked a Hindu school in the eastern Indian state of
Orissa opening fire on unarmed Hindu teachers, students, and religious
leaders killing a total of five innocent people.

The respected Hindu leader, Sri Swami Lakshmanananda, who founded the
school to educate poor Hindu students, and four other Hindu volunteers
were killed Saturday in the Kandhamal district when up to 30 gunmen
barged into the Hindu school and opened fire indiscriminately,
Orissa's chief minister's office said.

Most significantly, this premeditated Christian terrorist attack
against the Hindu school was very consciously planned and carried out
on the most sacred day of the Hindu calendar, Sri Krishna Janmashtami,
the appearance day of Lord Sri Krishna.

The International Sanatana Dharma Society condemns these terrorist
murders in the strongest terms, and asks all peace-loving people
globally, regardless of your religious affiliation or lack thereof, to
stand with us in protesting this human rights atrocity.

When even revered religious leaders are not safe from the threat of
unprovoked violence and harm, then none of us are.

Sanatana Dharma ("Hinduism") is the most ancient continuously
practiced spiritual tradition on earth. It is a spiritual tradition
that has been acclaimed and celebrated by multitudes of scholars,
intellectuals and religious leaders throughout history for its
foundational practices of peace, tolerance, brotherhood, compassion,
and openness.

It is the prayer of the entire one-billion member global Sanatana
Dharma community that the world may be united as one family in peace
and understanding regardless of our religious differences.

Aum Tat Sat,

Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya
International Sanatana Dharma Society

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