Dr. V. S. Acharya, Home Minister for the Indian state of Karnataka, downplays violence against Christians.
The attacks were not against the entire Christian community. They took place only against certain groups such as New Life, Seventh Day Adventists, etc. They were distributing provocative material, exploiting people’s poverty and forcing them to convert to Christianity. These forcible conversions were being funded by foreign hands, their influence on our people is clearly visible.
There’s a limit to religious freedom, he says.
And he’s not alone.
Bajrang Dal State President Mahendra Kumar warned Christians against protesting against these attacks. He also said: “Christians should not feel hurt by the attacks. If they do, we will conclude that they support the kind of institutions that have been involved in conversion of Hindus to Christianity. Then, we will be left with no option but to take action.”