Part One of a look at Hindu/Christian relations in India and the United States
With all the media attention focused on relations in the Middle East, ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah fīl-ʿIrāq wash-Shām (AKA Daesh, ISIL, ISIS, etc., etc.) and Boko Haram, now known as ISWAP (Islamic State’s West Africa Province) after receiving endorsement from ISIS, it’s easy to miss what’s going on in other parts of the world. Certainly, the mission of these Islamic extremist groups needs to be reported on. But it’s not the only story out there that deserves our attention.
I came across a rather interesting news article this past weekend that sent me down the proverbial rabbit hole, uncovering a vast amount of information regarding increased tensions between Hindus and Christians. From my knowledge of the persecuted church, I expected this to be true in India.
However, I was surprised to come across several recent news reports stating that recent vandalism of Hindu and Sikh temples in the U.S. was committed by Christians.
My immediate response was “Really? Is this true?”
My journalistic/Public Relations instincts kicked in; I started to take notes from a few different Indian news sources. What I found from my investigation was that most of the information in the reports was indeed true, but some of the information wasn’t.
And what I found will take more than one blog to sort it all out. But, that’s what I intend to do.
Why should you care? Because Hinduism is the third fastest-growing religion in the world, behind Islam and Christianity in that order.
- According to the Hindu American Foundation, in 2008 it was estimated that there are 2.29 Hindu Americans.
- Globally, Hindus make up 15% of the world’s population (2008; Pew Forum).
- Many of Hinduism’s practices are being integrated into other American religions, including Christianity.
For now here’s a preview of what I will be reporting on for the next few days:
- A look at what’s being reported in India regarding attacks of U.S. Hindu temples
- Comparison of U.S. attacks on Hindu temples and Hindu attacks on Christian churches and other religious places of worship in other parts of the world
- Political factors at play
- A biblical response to the entire matter
Thanks for following Christian Persecution Report: The PULSE of the Worldwide Church. I hope that you will check back in for the rest of this story.