This should cause quite a stir… but it hasn’t! Not outside India, at least. Surprising, I think.
It’s not because I’m a “Hindu”. I would’ve been equally appalled and shocked had any other religion been treated this way. And it’s not freedom of religion that’s bugging me either.
It’s the rise of the American Taliban
Here are a few quotes:
“If anybody understood what Hindus really believe, there would be no doubt that they have no business administering government policies in a country that favors freedom and equality…. Can you imagine having the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as defense minister, or Mahatma Gandhi as minister of health, education, and welfare? The Hindu and Buddhist idea of karma and the Muslim idea of kismet, or fate condemn the poor and the disabled to their suffering…. It’s the will of Allah. These beliefs are nothing but abject fatalism, and they would devastate the social gains this nation has made if they were ever put into practice.”
“The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.”
“God’s pattern is for men to be the leaders, both in the church and in the family… Women should listen and learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach men or have authority over them.”
These are quotes from Pat Robertson. Not some taliban cleric. The guy who said all this ran unsuccessfully (thank SATAN!) for being the Republican party’s Presidential candidate in 1988. He advocated the abolishing of the Department of Energy and Education, among other things.
It’s no longer funny, but a serious problem. As the US fights islamic Fundamentalism, Christian Fundamentalism is growing to dangerous proportions. How long is it before “The Base” of Christ launches a suicide attack on Mecca or tries to blow up Tirupati? I don’t know.
Pro-Christian groups in America might result in the country reducing itself into a new-age Afganistan. the same shit that’s happening with Islam will repeat with Christianity. Then an ex-comic turned politik asshole and his ‘Army of Shiva” will start Hindu Terrorism. We atheists and peaceful folk will be stuck in the crossfire among three different hallucinations.
I’m seriously reconsidering my “Go to the US for Master’s and Ph.D plan”. But where can I escape this onslaught of religious madness?