Thursday, October 13, 2005

Christ Touching the Untouchables

Brian Saint-Paul (what a cool last name) writes in the Crisis magazine e-newsletter that many of India's "untouchables" are converting to Christianity and Islam. Known as the Dalit, India's untouchables number 250 million and account for nearly 1/3 of the country's population, yet they have no political voice.

Here's what Betsy Vigneri, a media consultant with the Dalit Freedom Network told Saint-Paul:
"I've found that when Dalits hear about Jesus, they're deeply
moved to learn that He loves them," Vigneri said. "All their lives,
they've been told how horrible they are. But they hear that Jesus not
only loves them but died for them. In their minds, He reached out to
the Untouchables of His day. Touched them... talked to them... ate
with them... These are all forbidden for a higher caste person to do
with the Dalits."