Bishop calls anti-Christian extremists 'fascists'

An outraged Indian Bishop has spoken out against fanatics who attack Christians comparing them to fascists.

Bishop Lawrence Mukkuzhy of the Belthangady diocese in west India spoke out incensed with the recent violence and intimidation at the hands of extremists.

In an interview with the charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Mukkuzhy said one party in particular, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is supported by Hindu fanatics and are "very radical."

"They think that we Christians are a threat to them, they think we are committed to conversion, they see India as a Hindu country and believe we will destroy the traditions of India," Bishop Mukkuzhy said.

The Bishop referred to a recent attack which saw 57 villages ransacked and attacked by Hindu fanatics. In the attack, 500 houses were demolished, several churches and schools were set on fire.

Bishop compares Indian extremists to fascist (ACN News, 23/01/08)

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Bishop Lawrence Mukkuzhy

24 Jan 2008