Pastor now on better terms with those who sued him

Thursday, October 3, 2019
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

man praying at sunsetThe Burmese army has dropped a lawsuit it filed against a pastor from the Kachin state of Myanmar.

The lawsuit was filed against Pastor Hkalam Samson after he met with President Donald Trump at the White House in July, telling the U.S. president that oppression and torture were still common in Myanmar (also known as Burma) – and adding that there was no religious freedom in the nation.

But according to Gina Goh with International Christian Concern, the lawsuit has since been dropped. Not only that, the Burmese army also invited the pastor for talks.

"They kind of discussed the return of IDPs – internally displaced persons – and how to accelerate the peace process in Kachin state, and also the issue of religious freedom in Myanmar," she describes. "That's a very rare occurrence for something like that to happen."

ICC reports that the move to drop the lawsuit was not only praised but also a "clear signal" internationally that the Burmese military was making progress.

Goh, however, suggests that the Burmese army might have convened the meeting with the pastor just for the publicity.

"They might be trying to project an image that 'there is religious freedom after all and we respect that.' So, it remains to be seen whether or not this is a sincere gesture," says the ICC spokesperson.

Regardless, Goh says she's grateful that the pastor wasn't charged and that he was able to have an open dialogue about his concerns.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What is your view of political polls?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Canada's Trudeau wins 2nd term but nation more divided
Clinton under fire from Dems over Gabbard comments
Blackouts possible again as fire danger looms in California
Striking Chicago teachers demanding affordable housing
South Pole's ozone hole shrinks to smallest since discovery

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Virginia: Can school districts write laws? A public school district is inventing its own homeschool requirements
New PragerU video shows 2 scientific reasons to doubt evolution
A glimpse inside Hillary (If you can stand it)
The Supreme Court is poised to strike down a major Obama-era agency
VIDEO: Students say rich people and taxpayers should pay their college tuition

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Religious persecution in U.S.? Try Nigeria

Boko Haram in NigeriaThe leader of an international radio ministry is calling Christians in America to wake up to the reality of the global persecution that fellow believers are facing on a daily basis.