30 Minutes, a news feature program produced by IBN Live/India, has posted its digital video reports on the situation in Orissa. Amazingly, they have actual footage of the burning of Christian villages. The losses are sickening.
Local Hindu fundamentalists are using extreme rhetoric about Dalit Christians, who are at the bottom of India's social hierarchy. On segment 2 of the broadcast, one of them says, "Now we have rise and we will destroy them all." The 'them' is us Christians.
How will the global church respond?
So far, both the pope, the archbishop of Canterbury, and a few others have issued statements condemning the violence. Surely, statements alone are an insufficient response.
Here's the list of 47 incidents of violence against Christians in Orissa as well as a listing of top leaders in India, where Christians can directly lodge protests:
The fundamentalist group are going from village to village destroying Churches, burning houses, attacking and killing Christians. It is ...1