Though the citizenship to Christians under CAA permitted, influential Goa Church supports anti-CAA protest

indiafaith    25-Jan-2020
Though the citizenship to all persecuted Christians from neighbouring Islamic countries permitted in Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the influential Goa Church supports anti-CAA protest, The Indian Express reported.

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The protest was conducted at the Lohia Maidan in Margao. The three organisations have participated in the protest namely, the Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP), the social wing of the influential Goa Church; the Concerned Citizens for Goa, an organisation fighting primarily for issues related to the Muslim community, and the National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation (NCHRO), a human rights outfit.
According to media reports, the organisers denied permission to political member from any political party to attend the anti-CAA protest.
One of the speakers, Dr Oscar Rebello, who was at the forefront of the Goa Bachao Andolan, appealed to the crowd that the battle is "not about Muslims alone."
Another speaker, Damodar Mauzo, said in his speech, "The new filters that are being introduced, I am afraid this will end in the second partition of India. All the wars in history have been fought for religion. This one too is dangerous. Please do not fall in this trap. Keep your cool. But fight for your rights."
Former state election commissioner Prabhakar Timble said, "Such decisions are not a defeat of the protestors, but the defeat of the government." He added, "I read someplace that leaders like him (Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath) invoke sedition charges when anyone even utters the word 'azaadi'. Goa, I call you to say it aloud, we want azaadi from CAA."
The local PFI and leader also took part in the anti-CAA protest. Though Kerala's Christians were accusing the Popular Front of India (PFI) for the religious conversion of Christian women to Islam (Love Jihad), the Goa Church leaders shared the stage with Goa PFI leader.
PFI leader Muzaffar Shaikh said "Like BJP, we too have been going from home to home. (Home Minister) Amit Shah has said protestors can protest daily, but he is not going to revoke the law. We too want to tell him, we are from the same soil, we will not retreat even a centimetre…"
Rajan Soloman, the NCHRO working president, a Christian priest from Gujarat arrived in Goa a few weeks ago said, "We went to different communities and finally told them we as Christians cannot remain silent anymore. We cannot say we cannot take sides. It was time. This is now a human rights issue."
Thousands of Goa Christians gather on the call of Church at short notice. However, many questions were unanswered, why Christians are protesting if citizenship to all persecuted Christians from neighbouring Islamic countries permitted in CAA.