'Rising Intolerance': Christians in Central India Beaten, Threatened with Death or Forced
CBN - Members of several Christian families living in the central Indian village of Chhingur fled their homes after being beaten and told by a mob of religious extremists they were going to be killed unless they "re-converted" back to their ancestral religion.
Morning Star News (MSN) reports the incident occurred on March 10 in the Chhingur village located in the Bastar District of India's Chhattisgarh state. A group of tribal animists tracked down the ten Christians who decided to remain in the village and threatened them with their lives.
Animism is the belief that objects, places, and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence. Potentially, animism perceives all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork, and perhaps even words—as animated or alive.
"The village gathering threatened to beat us to death if we did not attend the ceremony," said Raidhar Nag, 21, who was one of the Christians who fled. "They stopped us from fetching water from the village well, obtaining the free government ration or even working in our own fields."
The mob forced the Christians to participate in the re-conversion ceremony.
"We fled from the village on the day of the ceremony, everyone in their own direction," Nag told Morning Star News. "Four Christian families hid themselves in the village itself. The villagers frantically searched for all of us on the day of the ceremony and found the members of the four families. They....READ MORE
The Christian Broadcasting Network is an American conservative evangelical Christian religious television network and production company. Founded by televangelist Pat Robertson, its headquarters and main studios are based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States.