'One Can't Be Called Christian Just Because They Read Bible, Have Crucifix In Their House': Andhra HCThe High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad which currently serves both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. (Pic via Wikipedia)

The Andhra Pradesh High Court while dismissing a petition against Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy observed that one cannot be considered a Christian if he merely attends Christian Gospel conventions and prayers in Churches, reports Live Law.

The petition in question had objected to Jagan Reddy's visit to Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams by claiming that he is a Christian and visited the temple without sufficient declaration.

While dismissing the petition the High Court observed that, "Merely attending the Christian Gospel conventions and attending the prayers in Churches, one cannot be considered as a Christian".

The High Court also said that one cannot be called a Christian if they read the Bible or have a crucifix in the house. It added that one also does not become a Christian by having a Biblical name or by attending a Church sermon.

"Does one become a “Christian” just by having a biblical name or just by attending a Church sermon? Can one be called as a ‘Christian’ just because they read the Bible or have the Crucifix in their house? Admittedly, the answer will be negative", the High Court said.

It has been reported in the past that YSRCP, a party centred around the devout christian family of CM Jagan Mohan Reddy, has a long history of open nexus with the church and foreign-funded Christian organisations. Jagan’s brother-in-law Anil Kumar is a powerful televangelist with his own ministries.

The allegation is that since a devout Christian family-centred YSRCP came to power, the evangelical organisations not only got a free hand in carrying out mass conversions, but are actively supported and subsidised by the state with Hindu taxpayers’ money for it.

The YSRCP government, headed by Jaganmohan Reddy, has been in the limelight for providing special treatment to his own community — Christians — since the very beginning of his term.

Also Read: How Devout Christian, Missionary Family Of CM Jagan Mohan Reddy Has Built Church-State Nexus In Andhra Pradesh

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement