Archbishop Machado urges Governor not give assent to ordinance on anti conversion bill

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Bengaluru, May 12: Archbishop Most Rev Dr Peter Machado has urged Governor Thawar Chand Gehlot not to give assent to Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai-led BJP government’s move to bring an ordinance to implement the controversial anti-conversion bill, which is yet to get passed by the State Legislative Council.

In a press statement, Dr Machado, who is also the President of Karnataka Region Catholic Bishop's Council and All Karnataka United Christian forum for Human Rights, said it is difficult to understand the sudden turn of events when there have been no incidents of conversion nor of aggressive incidents against any community to bring an ordinance to give effect to the Protection of the Freedom of Religion Bill at this stage.

The State Cabinet’s recommendation for promulgation of the ordinance to give effect to the controversial bill, which was passed in the State Assembly but was not taken up for consideration in the Upper House, the Archbishop said was ‘very sad’ and would ‘surely affect the harmonious relationship the Christian community enjoys with all communities in Karnataka’.

The Archbishop said: “We cannot understand the sudden turn of events and what is there in the mind of the Government with the ordinance in hand, there is no doubt that the fringe elements and groups will try to create problems for the members of our Community as we have seen in the past and the Government is in no control of them.’’

In the right democratic tradition, the Christian Community members appeal to the Governor not to give assent to the bill, given the nature of the involvement of the Christian Community in the wider development of the State and Community in the matter of education, health care and social welfare, he said.

“We are law abiding citizens and will surely put our trust in the Government to protect our interests and concerns. We have no difficulty in the Government taking action against any excesses or unlawful activities that are noticeable with concrete proofs,’’ the Archbishop said expressing the hope that the Governor, who is the head of the state will heed to our appeal and address our concerns, by not assenting to the Bill on anti-conversion in Karnataka.’’





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  • H A Dsouza, Damoh

    Fri, May 13 2022

    The anti conversion law is to harass Christian missionaries. For vote Bank BJP don't want to share the marvelous Gospel of Jesus Christ to others. JESUS Said ' Iam the Light of the world ' accepting or rejecting that light is up to individual decision. In Democracy there is no forced conversion

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  • prakash, Manipal

    Fri, May 13 2022

    Another diktat from Nagpur... Our CM even though a learned professional has succumbed to partisan politics... We have solid laws in place well scripted by Dr. Ambedkar... It is only necessary to impartially implement them where necessary... This hurriedly passed revision will only prove to be onerous...

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  • Naveen, Mangalore

    Fri, May 13 2022

    This BJP govt state and center do not want to respect the Constitution of India . They want very thing one sided rules they want to do the dictatorship rule they do not respect for democracy rule .

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  • Alwy, Canada

    Fri, May 13 2022

    All priest and nuns years of sacrifices towards majority Hindus in the form you r education and health care have forgotten by Hindus. Today in return rewarded as a gift of conversion bill given.It’s a shame on people still vote for these politicians who divide people based on religions rather recognize the selfless services provided by these priest and nuns without expecting anything in return. Indians have to thank these priest and nuns for a great gift of education to you and your forefathers when no schools were around Catholics educated you. Really pained and sad to read this article

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  • sanjay pinto, manglaore

    Fri, May 13 2022

    Do not worry Reverend..........Lord Jesus Christ will take care of these silly people....i think people forgot the earthquake in Guajarat immediately after persecuting Christians as well as the flood in Orissa after the Christian missionaries were burnt....Karnataka will pay heavily if God's people are troubled...Praise the Lord Jesus Christ..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Thu, May 12 2022

    We don't want any outsiders in our Faith ...

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  • Praveen, Bantwal

    Thu, May 12 2022

    All laws are misused in India. The fear is not about anti conversion bill but about its misuse.

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  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Thu, May 12 2022

    Do not trouble God please. Already God's wrath like covid, chicken flu, tomoto flu seems to be there. Draught / deaths expected due to heat wave in India as per recent divine message which may give rise to vegetable flu and rice flu aka famine. Status quo please! and do not bring more troubles as economy is already down due to communist chinese virus, socialist russian wars which might extend to europe and communist chinese eying for taiwan, hongkong might extend to asia also for globalist elite and communist controlled new world order. //// No God policies, God will allow people under communist and economic slavery. That's what happening with these communist chinese viruses and globalist elite population control vaccines. their further plans of creating artificial food shortages worldwide for ruining economy and control. India should become prosperous and not become like Sri Lanka. When peace among people automatically there will be prosperity with God's blessings. Without peace God also confused for whom to bless! Because all are children of God.

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  • Ganesh, Mangalore

    Thu, May 12 2022

    The law is applicable to all religions. where is the bias.

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  • Prakas, Bengaluru

    Fri, May 13 2022

    Well Ganesh, then let the Govt. take necessary action on who violates the Rules. But, here some Fringe Element's like Muthalik, B D, ......... take law into their hands and dictate the Terms. The GOVT. acts like dumb spectator , don't take any Action against these Goons, that's the problem!!!!

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  • Mathew, Udupi

    Fri, May 13 2022

    We have seen misuse of UAPA and Sedition laws. This will be added to that list. It is only to harass citizens who are minorities or who have differing views

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Thu, May 12 2022

    This govt has a history of not following official parliamentary procedure to pass a bill by not taking into confidence opposition, stake holders and not sending the proposal to legislative upper house for scrutiny. Same happened in farmers laws. Fundamental rights are denied by this govt. One has to make supreme sacrifice to get thier fundamental birth rights.

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  • Ranjith Rodrigues, Mangaluru

    Thu, May 12 2022

    These politicians are hell bent on giving their assent for the anti conversion bill...It will buy them more votes and not for any other reason.

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  • Alwin, Mangaluru

    Thu, May 12 2022

    The believers and followers of Christ had no fear of Roman we are true follower s we don't fear human laws stand for truth and justice. Nothing will hamper Christ building

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