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Intolerant Leader and Followers

In 1864, a group of sailors were castaway in Auckland Islands, some 300 miles
south of New Zealand. Very few had survived shipwrecks in that area and one such
group was led by
Capt.
Thomas Musgrave of Britain
. Eight days after surviving the wreck  the
sailors came out of the tent on seeing the sun and when the captain read a
passage from the Bible in which Christ asks his disciples to love one another,
the group consisting of a French gold miner, a leprosy-deformed Portuguese cook,
a  Norwegian and an Englishman burst into tears. Some modern days followers
of Jesus have forgotten or have chosen to ignore this message.

All you need is ask Rajan Zed,
director of interfaith relations at
a Hindu temple in Reno, Nev., who recently gave the brief prayer that opens each
day’s Senate session. His prayer
was
disrupted
by some anti-abortion activists
who shouted
No
Lord but Jesus Christ
“, “There’s only one true God,” and
this
is an abomination
”. While the Indian Parliament does not open with a
prayer, legislative assemblies in United States have opened with prayers since
the early sessions of Congress, but so far the prayers had been only of the
monotheistic religions.

Christian historian David Barton said that the prayer was unconstitutional since
Hindus worship multiple Gods and it violates the motto, One Nation under God.
Mr. Barton would have to spend a lifetime to understand the concept of
Brahman to realize the shallowness of his
statement, but much simpler for him would be to read
Ann
Althouse’s explanation
that the motto isn’t in the constitution and by
protesting Mr. Barton is foolishly asking the motto to be declared
unconstitutional.

While  intolerance for other faiths has been accepted without any
introspection by some of the foot soldiers, it is also worth looking at the
leadership of some of these sects as well. A 16-page document prepared by the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which Pope Benedict XVI headed when
he was a cardinal has declared that Christian denominations outside the Roman
Catholic Church are not full churches of Jesus Christ. The document also claims
that Roman Catholic Church
alone
is the mediator of salvation
while other defective Christian faiths, like
the Protestants, can be just instruments.

The Pope is also planning to
issue
a decree allowing wider use of the Tridentine Mass
, the Latin rite which was
codified in 1570 and and used till the 1960s when the  second Vatican
council reformed it. The Tridentine mass is supposed to be more beautiful with
Gregorian chants and a much dignified service than the present day mass.
The
Jews are not very happy
about it since there are prayers in the Mass which
calls for their conversion and the
Pope’s
explanation
is that whatever was held sacred by ancient generations remain
sacred to us too and cannot be forbidden. Imagine for a moment what would have
happened in India if such argument was used for reviving the caste system.

When the leadership lacks sensitivity to other monotheistic religions and even
members praying to the same God, it is too much to ask for some of their brain
washed followers to respect a religion which they don’t even understand.
Fortunately a vast majority of the people think the ant-abortion protesters are
idiots
and stupid
jerks

5 Responses to Intolerant Leader and Followers

  1. mahesh July 17, 2007 at 11:02 pm #

    Hi JK,
    Well written!

    These morons who are blinded by their faith are a big social problem too. They oppose everything from evolution, global warming to stem cell research that is in conflict with ther faith. They still believe universe is only 6000 years old and the sun goes around the earth.

    In some of the southern states, these people do not even allow schools to teach science and teach creationism instead. Even 400 years after Galileo died, teaching science is still a dangerous profession in some states.

    Although there are only a small number of such people in California, they were successful in delaying stem cell reaserch measure that was approved by voters in 2005, for over 2 years.

    Let wisdom prevail on them

    Mahesh

  2. Steve July 18, 2007 at 11:22 pm #

    I don’t see how the Catholic Church’s praying for the conversion of others is “intolerant”.

    Wouldn’t it be uncharitable *not* to pray for people, if you think you’re onto a good thing?

  3. JK July 19, 2007 at 6:13 am #

    Steve,

    Praying for someone is nice, praying for their conversion assumes that the spiritual path they are following is wrong and the path you are following is right.

    This is pure hubris. Tolerant people are those who accept that there are multiple paths to God/nirvana/samadhi and everyone has the right to choose whatever he sees fit.

  4. Steve July 20, 2007 at 8:28 am #

    Tolerance is accepting that everyone has the right to choose their religion, yes.

    But tolerance doesn’t mean abandoning the idea that you’re right and other people are wrong.

  5. JK July 20, 2007 at 2:47 pm #

    Steve,

    If we are talking about WMDs in Iraq, we can agree on what is right and wrong. When it comes to spiritual and religious practices, which is highly subjective, how can you be sure you alone are right.

    When it comes to religion and spirituality, I prefer the stand that you are right, so am I.

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