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Texas Hindu charity that fundraised to demolish churches in India faces calls for investigation
Christian Post ^ | 12/15/2022 | Ian M. Giatti

Posted on 12/15/2022 7:53:11 AM PST by SeekAndFind

A coalition of Christian and interfaith leaders in Texas are calling on members of U.S. Congress to condemn "anti-Christian hate and bigotry" from a local nonprofit they say is raising funds to demolish churches in India.

The Federation of Indian American Christian Organization in North America (FIACONA) held a news conference Tuesday, warning that the Texas-based Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) is raising money in the United States to level churches and forcibly convert Christians and Muslims in India to Hinduism.

A Dec. 13 letter obtained by The Christian Post and addressed to U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the Internal Revenue Service and others alleges GHHF is "one of many Hindu supremacist groups" using the U.S. as an "operating base" to promote violence against Christians in India.

Founded in 2006, GHHF advocates an ideology known as Hindutva, or extremist Hindu supremacism, which holds that India belongs solely to Hindus to the exclusion of an estimated 220 million Indian Christians and Muslims, according to the statement.

The letter — which was also co-signed by Church of The Way in Frisco and Concerned Indian American Christians in DFW — accuses GHHF and similar groups of "funding and actively promoting" attacks on churches in India, including vandalizing prayer spaces, harassing Sunday worshippers, molesting women and breaking into church buildings.

In addition to the letter, a copy of an invitation to a Nov. 27 gala dinner hosted by GHHF was also shared at the news conference.

The invitation — which includes the GHHF logo and contact info for its chairman, Dr. Prakasarao Velagapudi — states that part of the event's agenda included "Ghar Vapsi," which is the forced religious conversion of Indian Christians and Muslims to Hinduism and Sikhism.

"We find it extremely disturbing and dangerous that GHHF would use U.S. soil and Texas land to explicitly advertise their goal to cause such great harm to Indian Christians, who already face enormous persecution daily," the letter stated.

GHHF did not respond to a request for comment from CP.

In front of a large Christmas tree outside Frisco City Hall, several pastors and other Christian leaders joined members of the local Indian Christian community to call for lawmakers to take a closer look at the activities of GHHF.

One of those who spoke at the press conference was Pastor Bryan Nerren of the International House of Prayer Ministries in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Nerren was detained in India for seven months in 2019 after an airport customs dispute.

Nerren's ordeal ended in May 2020 when India dropped all charges against him and returned his passport.

"At that time, all of us here would've thought the battle and the fight and the persecution for the Christians were in India on the other side of the world," Nerren said at Tuesday's news conference. "But here I am, three years later, in Frisco, Texas, to say out loud that fight there has made its way to our community."

Bishop Justin Meyer of the Anglican Diocese of the Emmaus Way warned that the fundraising issue is not just about Indian Christians but about "our national security and the ability for law enforcement to do their jobs effectively."

"Historically, India has been a place of peace and plurality, but today many groups have become radicalized and have exported that hatred here to the United States," he said. "If we don't open our eyes now to what is happening in our own backyards, the consequences will be dire."

Ray Willkins, the pastor of Lebanon Baptist Church, said the fight for religious liberty for people of other faiths should also involve Christians here at home.

"We believe that if we don't have religious liberty for all, then we don't have religious liberty for any, because once we start denying religious liberty for one group, then it's a slope where all groups begin to have their rights and freedoms ... taken away," said Wilkins.

Pieter Friedrich, freelance journalist and activist specializing in the issue of Hindu nationalism, delivered a dire warning for Christians in India, whom he said to face "impending genocide" at the hands of the "Hindu supremacist" movement.

Calling for GHHF to be "investigated, exposed and stopped," Friedrich said the nonprofit "has a long track record of promoting a similarly toxic, hateful and supremacist agenda."

"It has described Christian pastors as leeches and has patined the entire Muslim community as engaging in persistent terror," he said. "GHHF has further declared, for instance, that if Christians are coming to convert our Hindus, we should drive them away, and we should not even allow them to talk about their religion."

Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney declined to comment on GHHF, saying only that "international relations and concerns being raised about GHHF are beyond the City of Frisco's level of governance."

Hindus comprise more than 80% of India's population, while about 2% are Christians and about 15% are Muslims.

Last year, Open Doors USA ranked India as the 10th most dangerous nation for Christian persecution. Christian persecution watchdog Voice of the Martyrs labels India a "hostile" country because of efforts by extremist Hindu organizations to forcibly "unite" India under Hinduism.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom warns that religious freedom conditions in India have taken a "drastic turn downward" in recent years as "national and various state governments" have tolerated "widespread harassment and violence against religious minorities."

TOPICS: Eastern Religions; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: charity; hindu; india; persecution

1 posted on 12/15/2022 7:53:11 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

What is really important is that Griner was released and Karrin whateverhernameis is Biden’s spokeswoman or spokesit.

2 posted on 12/15/2022 7:58:54 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe the US can use nuclear bombs on India.

That would be okay, wouldn’t it? After all, we have the money already allocated to the bombs.

3 posted on 12/15/2022 8:21:37 AM PST by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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To: SeekAndFind

But what about the crusades? /s

4 posted on 12/15/2022 8:28:45 AM PST by pas
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To: ConservativeMind

Maybe we’ll luck out and Pakistan and India can do the world a favor with a mutual exchange across their border.

5 posted on 12/15/2022 8:43:34 AM PST by mikey_hates_everything
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To: SeekAndFind

India today is the closest thing we have to Nazi Germany and too little attention is paid to that fact.

6 posted on 12/15/2022 8:56:24 AM PST by EnderWiggin1970
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

It’s time to STOP tax ripoff scams for ‘non-profits, foundations, NGO’s and all ‘charities’.

I’m sick of tax breaks for commies, BLM, George Soros, Ford Foundations, Catholic charities, Clinton Foundation and all the other creeps who climbed on the ‘rip off the good intentions of gullible Americans’ bandwagon.

End it. And don’t fall for their crap about ‘the churches ‘ they don’t give a damn about churches.

7 posted on 12/15/2022 8:56:50 AM PST by GOPJ (IF OLD twitter management had stood up to Homeland & FBI goons they'd be 'hurt 7 ways from Sunday'.)
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To: SeekAndFind

These is typical Hinduphobic propaganda. It is Hindus who have been targeted by supremacist and expansionist theologies for conversions and ethnic cleansing. Thousands of Hindu temples have been demolished and thousands of Hindu temples remains occupied by Islamists. In this instance, they can not name any church that Hindus are trying to demolish. There is one instance of illegally constructed church that Hindus are objecting but you need to study the case before jumping to such hinduphobic propaganda

8 posted on 12/15/2022 8:59:59 AM PST by kp2hot
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9 posted on 12/15/2022 9:02:55 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux - The Ultimate Windows Service Pack )
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To: SeekAndFind

Mr Trump made a big mistake in cozying up to Modi who is trying to create a Hindu-ethnostate

10 posted on 12/15/2022 9:19:25 AM PST by teofila
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To: SeekAndFind

Do your homework, you brown skinned nutboys. I know you’d be happy if you could shove us all into wood chippers. You’ve got a good deal in America, so tough it out and play nice. Southern India has had a large Christian population for some two millennia now. The apostle Thomas actively evangelized there; he died in Madras in 53 - CE.

11 posted on 12/15/2022 9:34:25 AM PST by QBFimi (It is not your responsibility to finish the work of perfecting the world... Tarfon)
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“CE” ? That’s the anti Christian term for BC.

12 posted on 12/15/2022 5:27:16 PM PST by libh8er
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To: libh8er

I mean AD

13 posted on 12/15/2022 5:27:50 PM PST by libh8er
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