Americans heard the reprehensible comments by some Republicans during the presidential race of 2012: U.S Rep Todd Akins spoke “legitimate rape” and Richard Mourdock said, “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.”
Keeping with the tradition of religion used to suppress and degrade women, in India, during the midst of protests over a deadly rape case, the fascist BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party – a Hindu Theocracy party) had local Cabinet member in MP blurted out: “One has to abide by certain moral limits. If you cross this limit you will be punished, just like Sita was abducted by Ravana.” (source)
If you will remember, Sita is the heroine and Ravana was the villain in the Hindu Ramayana. So it is not just Americans who use their religion horribly, everyone does it. But for each of those examples, I can find many more Christians and Hindus using their religion to strengthen the good too. Religion is a powerful tool. Since it is a manipulative tool — I am all for disempowering its hypnotic influence on the susceptible.
Picture credit: a still from the funny parody on the Ramayana called Sita Sings the Blues.
This post is part of my Ramayana series.