A petition filed by Ramesh Sethuraman against controversial Christian Preacher Mohan Lazarus’s NGO - Jesus Redeems, seeks the cancellation of its FCRA license for Lazarus’ hate speech against Hindu deities. The petition is addressed to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
The petition has been gaining a lot of traction and support on social media as the people made their feelings clear regarding where they stand when it comes to speeches inciting hatred among communities and causing disharmony on the basis of religion.
It was recently reported that Lazarus had compared Hindu Temples to Satan strongholds. As a result, cases were filed against him at three different police stations.
As per the petition, “Jesus Redeems’s Mohan Lazarus delivered a hate speech in Evangelists Conclave 2016 with an oblique motive to intentionally insult the Hindu Gods and Deity. In a video captured of the speech Jesus Redeems’s Mohan Lazarus deliberately called the Divine Gods of Hindus as Satan, thereby intentionally insulting Hinduism and thus bringing Hindu religion into disrepute, and further hurting religious sentiments of Hindus all over the world.”
The petition further states that, “Being a priest and religious reformer, JESUS REDEEMS’s Mohan Lazarus was bound to respect the religious susceptibilities of persons of different religious persuasions or creeds, but he got encased in vilifying the Hindu community and did propaganda by holding meetings and delivering hate speech.”
“In his speech, he intended to insult the feelings of the Hindu community by denoting the pious temples as palaces of Satan. It appears from his video speech that Jesus Redeems’s Mohan Lazarus with the help of some anti-social organisation intentionally delivered the speech with an oblique motive to breach peace between Hindus and other religions in India. It seems from the video speech that JESUS REDEEMS’s Mohan Lazarus has been actively abetted by instigation and aid by the other persons and organisations”, said the petition.
The petition has already generated over 2,700 signatures, as it moves towards its 5,000 signature goal.
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