IS presence in Kerala: Christian church publication backs UN report


The article written by Fr. Mathew Kilukkan urges to examine if the political climate in Kerala is encouraging terrorism.

Alappuzha: An article published by the Christian church supported the UN report which warned of the presence of terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) in Kerala and Karnataka.

The article was published in ‘Sathyadeepam’, the official mouthpiece of Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese. The article titled ‘ISinte Kerala Model’ (Kerala model of IS) states that any terrorist activity is the denial of human values.

The article asks if displays of such terrorist activities along with its symbols can be termed as Islamophobia and ignored. It also states that the silence of several public representatives regarding the matter terrifies Kerala.

The article also criticised the Panakkad family for welcoming the decision to convert Istanbul's Hagia Sophia back into a mosque.

The article written by Fr. Mathew Kilukkan urges to examine if the political climate in Kerala is encouraging terrorism. Particularly in the context when the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is investigating the gold smuggling case.

The other day, the Social Harmony and Vigilance Commission of Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council (KCBC) had criticised the conversion of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia and said it was another form of the schemes implemented by some people with Islamic agenda.

KCBC commission secretary Fr. Saju Kuthodiputhenpurayil also criticised the turning of the ancient church into a mosque. He said it only proved that policies which have been prevailing in the last 13 centuries were leading some of the rulers today.

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