A Christian council in India has appealed to the governor of the state of Andhra Pradesh to halt legislation that would ban non-Hindu religious activity around the Hindu temple town of Tirupati. “This order is in total violation of both the letter and spirit of the Indian constitution,” the Global Council of Indian Christians said in its appeal to the governor, Rameshwar Thakur. The council said the legislation to ban all religious activity except that connected to Hinduism around the shrine of Tirumala is “likely to be misused to harass the adherents of other faiths who happen to be the residents of the temple town.” (Ecumenical News International)