British Hindus Upset By Blasphemy Law

June 10, 2003



On June 10, 2003 ran a story from the Hindustan Times reporting that "a serious controversy has erupted following the release of a report by the [British] House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences from Westminster.

The committee was asked to decide whether the present law on religious offences that so far protects only the Anglican Church against blasphemy should be extended to include other faiths or be scrapped. Many prominent leaders of the UK Hindu community are now irked over a statement made by a member of the Committee...Ramesh Kallidai, speaking on behalf of the Hindu Community, pointed out an article by the Christian Medical Fellowship's Pastor Juge Ram that claimed that Hindus were lost and spiritually blind and that Hinduism was a false religion."