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FRONT PAGE  |  11/22/2019
FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009  |  3 comments
Bangladesh: Christians forced to adopt Buddhist rites
Uttam Lal Chakma, 55, died last Friday (May 15) after a long illness in Dighinala sub-district of Khagrachari hill district, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Dhaka. A member of Mynasukhnachari Baptist Church in the Babuchara neighborhood, Chakma had converted from Buddhism to Christianity two years ago.

Pastor Vubon Chakma and Christian villagers sought to give him a Christian burial the next day, but a hostile group of local Buddhists forcibly stopped them from doing so, according to a local Christian source.

The source told Compass that a member of the Buddhist group told family members, “He was born as a Buddhist, and he will be buried as a Buddhist.”

Local Buddhists prohibited the Christian burial at the behest of the village committee chairman, the source said. ...

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Guinness  Find all comments by Guinness
Jim Lincoln wrote:
Of course, it should also be pointed out that Bangladesh is a Muslim country on the whole, and the government probably doesn't mind the Buddhists doing their dirty work for them.
Agreed Jim, Bangladesh is primarily a Moslem country.

If we are to critique the actions of the country as a whole or of the government then the 9th commandment requires we should do so based upon evidence of their words and deeds and not our own speculation of their thoughts of what they probably don't mind.
Compass Direct has many other articles concerning Bangladesh. One of them was more encouraging and began:-
"Intervention from high-ranking police officers and government officials has ensured temporary security for a group of Christian converts beaten last week in Nilphamari district, Bangladesh. Muslim villagers attacked the Christians ....."

Paul wrote
"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.".

And thank you to sermonaudio for correcting the headline.


News Item5/23/09 2:14 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Guiness, I'm glad you added those correction. I would also like to point out, that in spite of how this man was buried, he was Christian and not a Buddhist. A person should have the right to be buried the way he wishes to be.

Of course, it should also be pointed out that Bangladesh is a Muslim country on the whole, and the government probably doesn't mind the Buddhists doing their dirty work for them. This is how Muslims react when one of their own jumps from the fire into the frying pan. [URL=]]]Conversions and Freedom of Conscience[/URL]. All of the religions of Satan are enemies of Christianity.


News Item5/22/09 11:43 PM
Guinness  Find all comments by Guinness
The sermonaudio headline is misleading.
The headline can be taken incorrectly that Bangladesh as a country is officially forcing Christians to adopt Buddhist rites.

However, the original Compass Direct article is at pains on several occasions to stress that the persecution is by "local Buddhists" not the country as a whole. Not only that, but it is clear that there is a sharp division between the government and the "local Buddhists". Compass Direct further state:-
"The local Buddhists have ties with United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) militants who oppose a 1997 peace accord between the government and the tribal people. The hill tract areas had suffered unrest for decades, and hostilities continue as a leading proponent of the peace accord urged the government to ban UPDF for alleged terrorist activities, according to today’s The Daily Prothom Alo. "

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