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Facebook shares hoax on alleged burning of Christian churches in India

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Published         25 Jan , 2017      3:08 pm          357 views.

smileredunhappyUsers of the Facebook ecosystem once more get affronted with not one, but many fake news on a daily basis.

Currently being tossed (read shared) by some is this hoax about the Christian churches being burned or set to be put on fire in India. Yes, Facebook allows the sharing of a hoax on alleged burning of Christian churches in India.

One variation of this appeal message said:

Urgent prayer request.”Pray for the Church in India. Buddhist extremists in India burned down 20 churches last night.Tonight want to destroy, more than 200 churches in Olisabang province.They want to kill 200 missionaries within the next 24 hours.All Christians are hiding in villages…. Pray for them and send this message to all Christians you know.Ask God to have mercy on our brothers and sisters in India. “When you receive this message, please urgently send it to other people.Please pray 4 the 22 Christian Missionary families sentenced 2 be executed by Islamists in Afghanistan. Pls PASS this as fast as u can so that many will pray!!!

Many fall prey without fact checking the veracity of the message or the source.

Here’s one who shared but fact checked later and made a “mea culpa.”

India with an estimated population of 1.293 billion up until 2016 is composed of 29 states (not province) and 7 union territories. It is host to various religions which include Hinduism (79.8% of the total population), Buddhism (0.7%), Jainism (0.45%), Sikhism (1.7%), Zoroastrianism, Christianity (2.3%), Islam (14.2%). Others (0.9%). One of our source says that Christians compose 6% of the population.

Altogether, the Christian churches in India, one very notable is that of the Catholic, is experiencing growth in that part of the world.

It is true there is a prevailing perceived “persecution” of the Christian churches fueled with the belief that ‘being Indian’ should mean ‘being Hindu.’ But the “Buddhist attacks on churches and targeting of Christians” is totally untrue.

While prayer for missionaries and the locals in India is a welcome response, yet the hysterical approach of ‘urgent appeal’ on facebook is a desperate attempt of opportunist netizens for clickbait (instant click and sharing of message through a false sense of engagement.)

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