Christians Secretly Forced to Re-Convert to Hinduism in India

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Organization, VHP) is secretly conducting large-scale conversion drives in India's Marxist-ruled state of West Bengal. More than 16 tribal Christians were forced to re-convert to Hinduism on April 22 at a purification ceremony in Chopra village in the Malda district about 300 kilometers from Calcutta, NGO sources said. Ten other animist tribals were also converted to Hinduism in the village.

Red Cross Visits Christian Workers Faced With Execution

Members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have visited in Kabul eight Western and Sixteen Afghan aid workers, who face possible execution for allegedly spreading Christianity in war ravaged Afghanistan. The Sunday visit was the first contact the prisoners had with the outside world, since being detained three weeks ago under the Taliban regime's strict interpretation of Islamic law.

Faith-Based Compromise?

"A politics of community can be strengthened when we are not afraid to make the connections between spirituality and politics."[2] Al Gore who also touted faith-based partnerships. Senator again urges expanded role for religion in social service programs

"Bush and his aides moved to downplay the religious component, emphasizing the proposal's overall purpose: boosting communities and civil society."[3] Bush Unveils 'Faith-Based' Initiative