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India: school book describes Jesus as a demon; Christians demand removal

June 09, 2017

Christians in India’s Gujarat state are asking officials to remove a book that is currently in use in public schools, in which Jesus is described as a demon.

The book is “simply unacceptable and should be removed immediately,” said a spokesman for the Christian protesters, noting the law that bans deliberate offenses against religious faith. Gujarat’s education minister said that reference was a typographical error, and “the mistake will soon be resolved.”

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  • Posted by: Readinger - Jun. 09, 2017 8:26 PM ET USA

    I am American, but I have spent a lot of time in Gujarat, and I recognize that the "Hindu nationalist" BJP party (the party of PM Narendra Modi) is hostile to non-Hindu "minorities". But to give them the "benefit of the doubt" in this case, "typos" do happen. For example, in the Fides story, the Jesuit priest is quoted as saying that those responsible should be "persecuted". Do you think he really said "prosecuted"? Oops! Another "typo". :-) Walter Ward