K Surendran at the closing ceremony of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Kerala Latin Catholic Association in Kochi | Photo: Facebook/KSurendran
Kochi: Christians in Kerala must realise who are their real enemies, said BJP state president K Surendran on Sunday. He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Kerala Latin Catholic Association here.
“As (Congress leader) VD Satheesan mentioned here earlier, Kerala Latin Catholic Church and other churches in Kerala are not realising who are their friends and foes. Satheesan mentioned it in another sense. What I am saying is that the Kerala Christian community must take a stand by analysing the national and international situation properly. Many Christian countries are disappearing. Probably by 2040 or 2050, several of the countries we proudly call Christian countries will become Islamic countries. There is no doubt about that. If Christian minorities in Kerala and India cannot still understand their enemies, it will be a historical negation,” said Surendran.
The BJP leader also asked if the two prominent political parties in Kerala (Congress, CPM) have taken an “equidistant policy” towards the two major minority communities in the state.
It may be noted that BJP is trying to float a Christian-dominated political party. Besides, the Syro-Malabar Church Thalassery Diocese’s Metropolitan Archbishop Mar Joseph Pamplany publicly offered BJP a seat if the national party could ensure Rs 300 for a kilo of natural rubber procured from the state.
Christian priests have in the past backed the theory of "Love Jihad," allegedly created by Sangh Parivar, on multiple occasions. A Catholic bishop once triggered a controversy by saying that Christian girls were largely falling prey to "love and narcotic jihad" in Kerala and wherever arms cannot be used, extremists use such methods to destroy youth belonging to other religions.
The church also wanted the minorities department handed over to a non-Muslim minister.