Dean forbids Christians from praying at Hospital, Tamil Nadu
More and more Christians are being told that religion has no place in the workplace. Christians at Hospitals are facing increasing opposition from employers for engaging in prayer and witnessing activities, particularly when a sizable number of patients indicate they welcome spiritual care from their providers
Hospitals usually feel like lonely hopeless places, where patients sometimes, don’t get any visitors for the whole time they are admitted. Often it is spiritual healing that the patient needs most. Fear, stress, and anxiety cause so many people to become sick.
Recently, Dr B. Asokan, Dean, Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital, has objected to Christian employees who are exercising their constitutional right to religious expression.
Article 25 of Indian Constitution grants freedom to every citizen of India to profess, practice and propagate his own religion. The constitution, in the preamble professes to secure to all its citizen’s liberty of belief, faith and worship.
Creating a “zero tolerance” policy for prayer at the Hospital, Dr. Asokan has threatened disciplinary action against staff and “visitors” if they did not cease all voluntary religious discussions with co-workers and patients, warning that he would lodge a Police Complaint if they continued to pray at the Hospital premises.
Ironically, there is a temple in the Hospital premises.
In 2018, Persecution Relief has recorded 477 incidents of hate-crimes against Christians. Tamil Nadu recorded 67 incidents.
In the first five months of 2019, we have recorded 180 incidents of hate crimes, with 30 cases from Tamil Nadu alone.
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