American ‘faith healer’ Benny Hinn cancels Bangalore visit

Hinn was to take part in a religious programme organised by a church from January 15 to 19 at Jakkur Airfield in Bangalore.

Bangalore | Published:January 14, 2014 6:27 pm
Hinn was to take part in a religious programme organised by a church from January 15 to 19 at Jakkur Airfield in Bangalore. Hinn was to take part in a religious programme organised by a church from January 15 to 19 at Jakkur Airfield in Bangalore.

American evangelist and faith-healer Benny Hinn has cancelled his visit to Bangalore amidst protests by Hindu groups, who were all against Hinn holding his mission in the city, alleging that the evangelist’s “hidden agenda” was to convert people to Christianity.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Kamal Panth told news agency PTI that though organisers had earlier said he would be coming; the police had recently received a letter with names of pastors attending the programme, which did not mention Hinn’s name.

Hinn was to take part in a religious programme organised by a church from January 15 to 19 at Jakkur Airfield in Bangalore.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia and BJP were also opposed to his visit.

Stating hat they do not want gullible people to be lured by him former Minister, BJP’s Suresh Kumar had questioned Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s “silence” over Hinn’s visit, especially when he had, in his capacity as the Deputy Chief Minister of the Congress-JDS government, opposed the self-proclaimed healer in 2005 when a huge crowd had gathered to witness Hinn’s Miracle Crusade in the same city.

The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti office-bearers had recently submitted a memorandum to City Police Commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar contending that the convention is illegal as Hinn was arriving on a tourist visa.

The Karnataka High Court had on January 10 directed the police to take precautionary measures for maintaining peace in the city during Hinn’s visit.

A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna, had issued directions disposing of a petition by right wing group Sri Rama Sene’s city unit questioning police alleged inaction on its representation to restrain Hinn from participating in the religious event as a similar congregation in 2005 had “disturbed peace” in the city.

According to The Hindu, a group of intellectuals and like-minded groups had also protested against Hinn’s visit, calling him a ‘fraudster’ who was coming to India with the aim of spreading blind faith. They had also urged the Karnataka government to pass the Karnataka Prevention of Superstitious Practices Act without delay.

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    Fumo-Amitesh Havelka
    May 10, 2015 at 8:22 am
    What this kind of ppl practice is just a suggestve m hypnosis trick. People belive to be healed but the disease comes back. People stopp taking medicine or deny to go to doctors. Many times their situation gets worse. Sometimes ppl even die! This "healers" have no divine powers at all. They are murderous devils and should be sentenced for life! Benny Hinn exposed on U TUBE! Dont let them harm Indians! It has nothing to do with religion. Just with money!
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      Jay
      Oct 28, 2015 at 9:33 pm
      In this country more than 90% people are believers in religion. They dip in rivers , visit holy places for forgiveness of sin and worship as animals God. But all of a sudden become full of scientific temper when pastor Benny said Jesus can heal you and forgive you sin. Turn away from hypocrisy rather than saying God exists but cannot help you in need nor hear your prayers
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        Kit Walker
        Jan 14, 2014 at 6:25 pm
        Thanks to the alertness of Indians this man won't get to set foot in Bangalore. His meetings are an insult to the entire nation. The hubris that sometimes leads some people like to pronouncing absurdities like other religions as defective and try to convert them can come only from a lack understanding of Jesus, his words and his relationship with God. Jesus was a true master who had established the relation with the Self that dwells within and his ministry was about opening up of the Kingdom of God which is within everyone to the mes, freeing them of the tyranny of pretenders like this Himm guy who positioned themselves between the man and God. No wonder that Jesus was betra and put to cross. Comes along a set of people who build a complete set of fable around what Jesus stood for and p it off as religion and try to convert people. This b of Christianity has nothing to do with Jesus. The w falsehood around calling other religions being false is just a ploy to get converts by hoodwinking them. Let's not forget Jesus himself was a student of Hinduism and Buddhism and learnt from them the truth about Dharma
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          JJohn
          Jan 17, 2014 at 3:06 pm
          So he is welcome in a Muslim country, but not in 'secular' India. Way to go India! We must surely be rising; beating to death kids who steal food to satiate their hunger, using state machinery (ASI) to dig up wealth dreamt up by a nutbag and now this. We definitely are the envy of the world, NOT.As a Christian, I consider BH a fraud. But I've been asked not to judge, instead leaving that up to God. I used to be proud of living in a country that was at least on paper, "secular". Now that the veneer of secularism (which incidentally was the only distinctive of ours in the arena of nations) has been stripped, I do not know or understand what it is that makes me proud of being an Indian.Even if BH is a fraud, protesting his visit is the most immature that we've gotten in recent times. It will only lend credulity to the claim of his supporters that BH and his followers were cuted and that India is not unlike the more savage nations in the world.Let the war drums roll on.
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          bipsy
          Mar 15, 2014 at 1:45 am
          Mukesh Ambani = Benny Hinn
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            DR SUDHA
            Jan 15, 2014 at 1:08 am
            Amazing your article puts Hinn a "faith healer " in a good light. you mean he heals all medical problems with out medicines ??? How unscientific and how irrational ??!!!If this was done by some Hindu Mantrika I am sure you would not hesitate a bit to criticize and ridicule . But Be cos he is any american and christian ( Lest you will be accused of offending minorities), you would not dare to do so.How many people out there to doubt that his intentions are other wise but conversion ???
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