Hindu leader under fire for comments from “Satanic Jesus” – Eurasia Review
(UCA News) – Christian leaders in Bangladesh have demanded an apology from a Hindu leader accused of hurting religious feelings by describing Jesus as a “divisive figure” whose words and actions were “satanic”.
Christians have reacted angrily on social media to inflammatory comments by Supreme Court attorney Govinda Chandra Pramanik and secretary general of the Bangladesh National Hindu Grand Alliance, a conservative Hindu group.
He made his controversial comments at a virtual meeting on Hindu family laws on July 8.
He referred to the Gospel of Luke where Jesus said, “Do you think I came to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! From now on, the families will be separated, three for me and two against – or two for and three against.
Pramanik also alleged that Christian groups are sowing division in the Hindu community in Bangladesh and inspiring them to convert to Christianity with money and other incentives.
He also claimed that Christians in various parts of the world had forcibly destroyed ancient societies and religions, adding that Greece and the Vatican were once strongholds of Hinduism before Christians captured and completely changed them. their characteristics.
In a July 13 statement, the Bangladesh Christian Association (BCA) condemned Pramanik’s comments and called for an apology for hurting Christians’ religious feelings.
“He slandered the Christian community with derogatory comments about Jesus. He did this deliberately without understanding the inherent meaning of the verses of the Bible and with the intention of tarnishing the image of the Christian community. His comments about Christians converting Hindus with money are also false and baseless, ”BCA Chairman Nirmol Rozario told UCA News.
Rozario said the BCA was asking the Hindu leader for an unconditional apology and withdrawal of his remarks, warning that it would take “further action” after discussions with committee members.
These ridiculous and blasphemous comments threaten religious harmony in Bangladesh, he added.
A high priest and official with the Commission of Catholic Bishops for Christian Unity and Interfaith Dialogue echoed similar sentiments.
“A man of another religion who has a superficial understanding of Christianity has no right to misinterpret Christianity,” the priest told UCA News on condition of anonymity.
“As a Christian, I am in favor of forgiveness, but he must first apologize. Imagine if he made similar comments referring to the Quran – he might face death threats. We are simply condemning his words and asking for an apology. “
Christianity has grown and prospered over the centuries through evangelism, not by force or money, and such claims make no sense, he said.
On June 19, Pramanik and her group held a press conference in Dhaka and accused two women’s groups – Banchte Shekha (Learn to Survive) and the Manusher Jonno Foundation – of attempts to mislead Hindu women to divide Hindu society. .
The groups have drawn the ire of conservative Hindu groups with their campaigns for equal rights and dignity for Hindu women who are deprived of inheritance rights under Hindu family law.
Pramanik also accused Banchte Shekha of converting Hindu women under the guise of development activities.
Angela Gomes, Catholic and founding director of Banchte Shekha, expressed dismay that she and her group have been accused of dividing and converting Hindu women.
“We never converted anyone. We strongly advocated for equal rights and dignity for all women. God will not forgive those who make such baseless allegations against me, ”Gomes told UCA News.
Pramanik, however, defended his position and refused to apologize for his comments.
“I have provided references from the Bible and other sources for what I have said. There is no valid reason to apologize. And our position against the two groups of women is clear because they divide the Hindu community for their personal interests, ”he told UCA News.
About 90 percent of Bangladesh’s 160 million people are Muslims, about 8 percent are Hindus, and the rest are from other faiths, including Christianity and Buddhism, according to government data.