point is that if you don't apologize how can other groups believe
that you have really given up the attitudes that caused such
behavior? Such conversion efforts are hurtful to the communities
they target, even if no overt violence is involved. The church has
harmed many Hindu families and communities and is still willing to
do so, by turning people against their native beliefs and customs.
Christians have made some apologies to the Native
Americans and the black Africans for their oppression of them. Why
don't Hindus count in this? Aren't they also human beings?
3. There have been many deeds
in history and at present that have gone by without apologies and
accountability. Is it worthwhile to resurrect such issues in the
present context? What purpose does this serve?
The problem is that the same
attitudes and behavior that resulted in such violence in the past
still go on today. The official policy of the Catholic Church today
is still that Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and other Indian
religions are not valid or true. This promotes division,
misunderstanding and can still lead to violence.
Today we have given up the
doctrine of racial superiority that the White Europeans used to
justify their colonial rule. But the attitude of religious
superiority - that only Christianity is true and the other religions
are false - still goes on. Such religious exclusivism like racism is
backward and prejudicial.