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The Christian Record Of Human Brotherhood

Scores of internationally funded Christian missionaries with tens of thousands of operatives in India are targeting Harijans, now-a-days called Dalits and described as SCs among Hindus in the Constitution for conversion to Christianity.

With Friends Like These: When Religious Compromise Compromises Religious Freedom

By Tim Mitchell   "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing … after they've tried everything else." — Winston Churchill The last several months have been strange ones. Not only does it feel like the next presidential race has started way too early (we still have another year of this to […]

Christian Fanaticism in Sri Lanka

By Meredith De Silva The arrival of Christianity to Sri Lanka was marked by violence and bloodshed. In contrast to Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam, which arrived on the island in a peaceful manner, Christianity arrived with sword in hand. The native Buddhists and Hindus were slaughtered, their temples destroyed and looted, and their priests killed […]

When Feds Forget Freedom of Faith (and the Fundies Who Love Them)

By Tim Mitchell   A few days ago on July 12th, a story came to my attention that provided another snapshot of how the Christian Right views the presence of non-Christian religions in government functions. Rajan Zed, director of interfaith relations at a Hindu temple in Reno, Nevada, was invited by Senator Majority Leader Harry […]

Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Destiny

Thoughts on Christianity and American Indian Tribal Sovereignty  By Tim Mitchell “Liberals feel unworthy of their possessions. Conservatives feel they deserve everything they’ve stolen.”– Mort Sahl I have come to realize over the years that despite America’s frequent idealization of the individual and individual rights, many movements that support the preservation and advancement of minority […]

Conversion should be banned

source:  Organiser, June 3, 2007 Dr T.H. Chowdary The competitive proselytization and conversion activities between these MNCs are becoming evident in the form of a number of churches each set belonging to a particular or different sect of Christianity (7th Day Adventist, Southern Baptist, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Pentecost, Methodist etc.) with sumptuous funds somehow […]

Jilting Justice for Jesus

Monica Goodling, Fundamentalist Education, and the Impact on Religious Civil Liberties By Tim Mitchell Over the last few weeks, one of the latest of seemingly endless Bush administration controversies–this time involving the Department of Justice (DOJ)–has been making front-page headlines across the United States. Here's a summary of this recent example of a Bush-brand brouhaha […]

The Anatomy of Sect Education:Examining Bible Classes in Public Schools and Religious literacy

Tim Mitchell    A few weeks ago, Time magazine ran a cover story entitled "The Case for Teaching The Bible," which was written by Time's senior religion writer David Van Biema. Van Biema's basic argument is that the Christian Bible should be taught as a class in public schools, but with careful precautions taken to […]

Mahatma Gandhi, Dr B R Ambedkar and Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Christian Missionary Work

Sri John Dayal and other strident spokespersons of Christian Church and missionaries have faulted Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the Prime Minister, for the public expression of his opinion that the humanitarian services that the Christian missionaries are rendering through their schools and hospital have a conversion motive. It is really astounding for them to disown […]

Living in a Missionary world

By Tim Mitchell Several years ago, my wife and I visited the Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, Florida. As we were walking into the main gates, we were greeted by an unusual sight:

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