I got an e-mail this morning (3/10/2010) that said,
Please pray for churches in India. Buddhist extremists in India burned down 20 churches last night. Tonight they plan to destroy 200 churches in the province of Olisabang. They plan to kill 200 missionaries within 24 hours.
This is a hoax. There are no “provinces” in India, there are states. There is no state of Olisabang. There are no Buddhist extremist groups in India that I’m aware of (though there are some in Sri Lanka, and there have been reports of anti-Christian violence there in recent years) .
There have been violent attacks in the Indian state of Orissa; these have been perpetrated by Hindu extremists, however. This anti-Christian violence is a genuine cause of concern–but no one is helped by passing on hoax e-mails without checking the facts.
Update–Nearly five years after this, genuine Buddhist extremism is hitting the news.