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BJP plea against Aires for hurting Christian sentiments

 

BJP today lodged a police complaint against a lawyer and social activist for hurting religious sentiment by allegedly posting an obscene picture on a popular social networking website.

While refuting charges against him, in retaliation, Aires has alleged that on the contrary chief minister Manohar Parrikar has offended Christianity, 

In his complaint to Director General of Police (DGP) Kishan Kumar, BJP state unit spokesman Wilfred Mesquita demanded immediate arrest of activist Aires Rodrigues.

In the post, Rodrigues allegedly condemned the silence of Goa church over the reported statement of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar comparing his sorrows with Christ.

When contacted, Rodrigues said the picture posted by him on the social networking website was not what the ruling party had claimed.

"...It is a picture picked up from Google and posted," he said and claimed that the post related to the picture was "not at all abusive.

"I have questioned silence of the Church over Parrikar's statement," he clarified.

Later, Rodrigues posted, "the stoic silence by the Church on this outrageous and demeaning comparison by the Chief Minister is deafening. A very sorry state of affairs."

In retaliation to BJP's complaint against him, Rodrigues posted as follows on his FB status:

"The complaint filed today against me by BJP Spokesman Dr Wilfred Mesquita has only exposed the sheer ignorance of this retired politician who is now enjoying cabinet rank and status at the cost of the State exchequer. My post on face book was without any malice and should have offended none. I dare the BJP to prove their false and fabricated allegation that I have insulted Jesus Christ.

No where have I claimed that the picture accompanying the post was that of Jesus Christ. Infact it is Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who has publicly offended and insulted Christianity by comparing himself with Lord Jesus Christ.

I was born a Catholic, and shall remain one till my very last regardless of the differences I may have had over the functioning of the Roman Catholic Church in Goa. 

We are in a democracy and freedom of speech and expression is fundamental. One wonders if the same old tricks of filing FIRs and attacking the Opponents, as was the game before was now again being repeated by the BJP. Goa is part of the Indian democratic set up, where freedom of speech and expression is a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution. 

No body should be cowed down with such devious attempts to scuttle the free mind and the Fundamental Rights guaranteed by the Constitution with misuse of the Police machinery. It is clear that the dark days of Emergency appear to be looming large, with precursor by National Security Act having been notified in the State, reasons for which, will now become evident.

I would like to remind my good friend, Dr. Wilfred Mesquita of the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

I would only pray that the Lord Jesus Christ forgive the BJP despite them knowing what they do."


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Hello Aires, do you think that every Goan or Catholic is an idiot craving for attention just because you have proved to be one time and again? Does it have to be claimed in your post, that the picture you posted represents Jesus Christ? If you think so, you are not only and insult to Christianity but to Goans and the Human Race in general. It would do you a world of good if you acknowledge your stupidity and apologise, rather than blow your trumpet to defend yourself. You may succeed in the court of law.. not here before the sanity of Goans.

I am a Catholic too, and have criticised the functioning of the church like many others, only not noticed because most are not as popular as you are. As for me, the Church in Goa for once has done the best thing, by not reacting to the statement of Mr. Parrikar, which would have given the claim more popularity. Mr. Parrikar knows very well that Christ suffered while on earth and is still suffering today through the treatment meted out by his party to the followers of Christ in today's India.

I wonder who has appointed you the judge as to whether the Church of Goa should have reacted to this? You may in your capacity do so, since you live in a democracy and have the right to express your self freely. Your fight is with the BJP or the establishment, so do not try to drag the Church into this. The Church of Goa, i would believe, has a lot of other important matters to deal with, rather than jump at any and every Tom, Dick and Harry that has something to say.

IT IS TIME YOU REALISE THAT YOU ARE TREADING TOO FAR!!! Continue your good fight against malpractices in the Church of Goa and in the State administration, however, learn where you need to draw a line.

As a final advise, just know that JESUS CHRIST DOES NOT NEED ANYBODY TO FIGHT FOR HIM TO THE EXTENT OF CREATING TENSIONS BETWEEN PEOPLE AND DRAGGING PEOPLE TO COURT. HE HIMSELF DID NOT RESIST THE INJUSTICE DONE TO HIM WHILE HE WAS ON EARTH EVEN SO FAR AS AS DEATH ON THE CROSS, SO DEAR AIRES PLEASE!!!! FOR CHRISTS' SAKE REST YOUR CASE.

 
Jaret de SIlva , Chandor

Let us not drag Lord Jesus in any controversy. He belongs to all - not only to Christians but also to people of all other religions.

Nobody should consider himself more Christian than others.

My humble request to all is to desist from dragging Lord Jesus in any controversies.

 
Francisco G Lourenco , London

Aires is a GOAN and Adv. Aires Rodrigues is a rightful man and a present day JESUS CHRIST... Manohar is doing a good job at present who is under BJP's Control, Like OBAMA, if u refuse to obey us we anihilate u.

I JOSE of GOA will Join Bab Adv. Aires Rodrigues... to Clean OUR GOLDEN GOA... JAI HIND.

Goekarano zait zage... and Aires Bab is Waking you the public up... so Support BAB Aires Rodrigues.

This is no tiatr of Com Augustinho... THE PUBLIC. This is reality...

Wake up GOANS WORLD WIDE, DONATE and support BAB Aires Rodrigues Like You'll supported Dr. Jack De Sequeira.

LONG LIVE OUR GOLDEN GOA...JAI HIND.

Kind regards

Jose

 
Jose , GOA(UK)

Not sure what all the fuss is all about by the BJP & DGP.

Perhaps those who have no sense of humour should see all the other Anti-Christ stories.

Perhaps the BJP & DGP ,should see the film The Da vinci Code.

Here is a news report from BBC.........

India's Supreme Court has refused to ban The Da Vinci Code film, rejecting petitions from Christian groups opposed to its religious content.

The two judges in the court argued that no predominantly Christian country had banned the film. Christians comprise about 2% of India's billion people.



Indian censors have cleared the film, but seven of 28 states have banned it.

The film - based on Dan Brown's novel - suggests Jesus married follower Mary Magdalene and the couple had children.

The court rejected petitions by the All India Christian Welfare Association and a representative of the New Delhi Cathedral Church, reported the Press Trust of India news agency.



Here is the Link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/5074578.stm

 
N.Fernandes , London

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