Lethargic IITian
Musings of a 20-something lethargic IITian on India and Catholicism.

Monday, October 14, 2002  

In the meanwhile, read the CBCI's response to the recent Tamil Nadu conversion ordinance.

I haven't had much opportunity to comment on that one yet, but I think there are two sides to this coin.

Why Christians can support this Ordinance

  • It keeps those missionaries who actually convert by force or allurement at bay.
  • It gives a certificate of credibility to legitimate missionary activity.

On the other hand ...
Why Christians can't support this Ordinance

  • It seems directed exclusively at Christians, and unnecessarily raises the shadow of doubt on legitimate missionary activity.
  • The definitions of "force", "coercion" and "allurement" are too vague and raise the possibility (quite distinct, I must say!) of being misused. If I said that in believing in Christ the gates of Heaven are opened to you, is that "coercion" or "allurement"?

posted by Kensy | 8:50 AM
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past blogs of interest
Hinduism as a religion
Pederasty and the American Church
Caste in Indian Christianity
Syro-Malabar engagements
Syro-Malabar weddings
Divine Retreat Centre
Varsha Bhosle and Ideological Relativism
Anti-Conversion Ordinance and the Church stance
Self-Righteous Rightism
The Hindutva Attack on St. Francis Xavier
Varsha Bhosle and the Church (U-turn)
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