It has nothing to do with Hinduism
Mike Ghouse, May 10, 2007
Hinduism does not approve any one of these atrocities, they are a product of greedy people and these acts come under civil jurisdiction. It is painful and disgusting to 99% of the Hindus to hear their religion maligned. I invite people of all conscience to speak up against maligning any religion for the acts of the individuals.
For the wrongs people do, blame them for Christ’s sake, not their religion or their nation. As a society we have always barked at the wrong tree, this has to stop if we envisage building societies that respect and honor individuals while punishing and hauling them for their crimes.
It is perhaps that 1/10th of 1 % of extremists in all faiths, yes; every extremist belonging to Atheists to Zoroastrians and every one in between is cherishing this tragedy and pointing fingers at Hindu faith. The fanatics like Pat Robertson and Falwell must be having a heyday, as they want to harvest human souls from the heathenish cultures.
It would be wrong to laugh at any one, as all the faiths have their 1/10th of 1% of extremists living among them. With a few exceptions, who are way too small to be arrogant, every group has their proportionate contribution to the world violence.
The language of a few writers broad brushes Hinduism, as a civil society we need to set standards, and take a principle stand in encouraging a language that causes community building in public medium, as opposed to presenting opinions that enflame prejudices.
The phrases like:
- Hindu women are commodities.
- Hindu women are expected to birth males. If they don’t, they are beaten or slain.
- There are the baby girls who, simply because they are female, are put on piles of dry grass and burned. Or they are placed in bags and fatally stabbed.
- The father doesn't kill the man who rapes his daughter; instead, they dispose of her,
- And a wife who was tortured with cigarette butts by her husband because she bore only girls.
- Then there is the woman whose husband poured hot coals on her abdomen after she bore a daughter
Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. In the year 2000, 1,247 women were killed by an intimate partner. The same year, 440 men were killed by an intimate partner. As many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy. Forty percent of girls age 14 to 17 reports knowing someone their age who has been hit or knowing someone has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. – (Resources: www.endabuse.org - www.ncadv.org www.ndvh.org - www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/help/dv.htm - www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/help/dv.htm and others).
Thousands of women in the United States were killed by their husbands/boy friend, this is how the animalistic man behaves. Would blaming Christianity serve the purpose? Absolutely not. Men were no different 2000 years ago regardless of their religion, ethnicity or national origins. My contention is that, it has nothing to do with the religion; it is the violent instinct in men DNA'd into us, these violent men need to feel safe and secure, as a society we need to help them.
So, let’s not point fingers at any religion, as we cannot wiggle out of our own ills. Blaming religion is an act of gutlessness that builds avoidance to deal with the problem squarely, let’s take the stand against all evils in the society and place the blame where it belongs; humans, and not their religion.
Let’s consider placing long term plans together; it involves education for the coming generations, to teach the children at home and schools to treat other humans with dignity or there are consequences to it in the civil society, in addition to the morality of their personal faith. There are homes where this nurturing cannot be achieved, if each one of us can do more than our own share, we can plan on retiring with fewer violent men in the society. If we have violence today, it is because it was allowed it earlier; it is in our selfish interests to create societies that value co-existence, harmony and peace.
The short term solution is to develop citizen’s council of individuals who are not biased towards other humans to monitor and report these incidents in an open manner. Details have to be worked out to create appropriate checks and balances. Each one of us is responsible to do at least our share, and let that begin with you and I before we look to others.
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Mike Ghouse is a Speaker, Thinker, Writer and a Moderator. He is president of the Foundation for Pluralism and is a frequent guest on talk radio, discussing interfaith, political and civic issues. He founded the World Muslim Congress with a simple theme: "good for Muslims and good for the world." His personal Website is www.MikeGhouse.net and his articles can be found on the Websites mentioned above and in his blogs: http://MikeGhouseforAmerica.Blogspot.com and http://MikeGhouse.Sulekha.com . He can be reached at MikeGhouse@gmail.com. Mike lives in Carrollton with his family and has been a Dallasite since 1980.
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by Grant Swank
Brutalized Hindu Brides
May 10, 2007 12:00 PM EST
"Varsha Hitkari's husband, Rakesh Kumar, hung her from the showerhead after she gave birth to a second girl. Her brother found her in time to save her life but she was in a coma for six weeks and has not been the same since," per Mary F. Calvert of The Washington Times.
"May you be the mother of a hundred sons" -- a Sanskrit blessing
Hindu women are commodities.
When they marry, father must pay up. He gives TV, DVD, cash and more to the future husband. If the husband then is not satisfied with the goods, he can demand more. If he does not get it, the bride may be found aflame in the night, set on fire in the meadow.
Hindu women are discarded, mistreated, somewhat like unto those in Muslim environs.
If a female is found in a Hindu womb, she is likely to be murdered in the mother’s body, per Julia Duin of The Washington Times.
Hindu women are expected to birth males. If they don’t, they are beaten or slain.
"There are the baby girls who, simply because they are female, are put on piles of dry grass and burned. Or they are placed in bags and fatally stabbed.
"Then, there are the acid attacks. If a woman refuses a man's advances, he may throw sulfuric acid in her face, disfiguring her and rendering the woman unfit for marriage. Women are defenseless against such attacks as criminal prosecution is rare.
"’The father doesn't kill the man who rapes his daughter; instead, they dispose of her,’ said Dr. Veronica Jacob, a volunteer with human rights advocate Sakhi Kendra. ‘The thinking here is warped. Even if India has advanced far in technology, the mind-set has not changed."
"Sahki Kendra is sheltering one doe-eyed young woman, Aradhana Rawat, 17, whose father would tie her to a bed and sexually abuse her. At one point, he tried to slit her throat with a machete. Tears pour down her face as she clutches a blue scarf and tells her story through a translator.
"’My father said, "If you tell others about this, I'll make sure others do the same thing to you,"’ she remembers. A brother finally brought her to Sakhi Kendra.
"Other cases brought to Sakhi Kendra include a mother who was told she must not feed her fourth daughter. Then there is the woman whose husband poured hot coals on her abdomen after she bore a daughter. And a wife who was tortured with cigarette butts by her husband because she bore only girls. Summoned to the scene, local police only took a report."
THE BIBLE AND ABORTION
J. Grant Swank, Jr.
It is alarming to realize the nonchalance on the part of many concerning abortion. But it is not new. A popular newsmagazine quoted one medical opinion: "Abortion is finding its place as a perfectly acceptable and valid health measure. We no longer think of it as a crime."
There are those who say that every woman has a right to control her own body. That is true. Then, having control over her own body, she should not become pregnant if she does not want children. That is control! When she becomes pregnant, then she has lost her control over that situation.
But more importantly, only God has final rights to any person's body. He brought that body into life and someday will take that body out of life. In the meantime He provides the very sustaining power for the body's life to continue.
The Bible speaks of a fetus as a person, not simply tissue that can be discarded if found to be a bother or nuisance. Since the fetus is a person from the moment of conception, then the destroying of the fetus is killing a person. "In the past, some people have mistakenly speculated that perhaps the body might be in the process of formation for some time, and then 'God breathes a soul into it.' They had it backward. The life that is present forms matter into a body for itself' (Joseph Breig, "Life Forms Matter," The Catholic News, Jan. 24, 1974, p. 8).
"Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me? Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again? Did you not pour me out like milk ... and knit me together with bones and sinews? You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit" (Job 10:8-12 NIV).
"Before I was born the LORD called me; from my birth he has made mention of my name...and now the LORD says--he who formed me in the womb to be his servant..." (Isaiah 49:1, 5).
"The word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations’" (Jeremiah 1:4-5).
In the following passages we note that personality is ascribed to the unborn.
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that fully well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be" (Psalm 139:13-16).
"Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him" (Psalm 127:3).
Exodus 21:22-25 relates how Israel was to judge a circumstance relating to the death of the unborn:
"If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, wound for wound, bruise for bruise."
All of the latter deals with unintentional hurt that comes to a pregnant woman; how much more will divine penalty come upon those who intentionally discard the fetus? The Gospel of Luke ascribes personality to the fetus within Elizabeth:
"When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit... As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy" (1:41, 44).
Mere tissue does not leap for joy; only personhood leaps for joy. The Bible regards the fetus as having personality. In Galatians, Paul speaks of himself as a person while still in his mother's womb, but more a person consecrated by God for a holy mission (compare Jeremiah 1:5 for the same accent):
"But when God, who set me apart from birth, and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles..." (Gal. 1: 15-16).
Since the Bible regards the fetus as personality, then the aborting of the fetus is murdering personality.
Some verses from Scripture dealing with murder are then appropriate for study, such as Genesis 9:6: "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man." Also, read Exodus 23:7: "Have nothing to do with a false charge, and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty." Note I Peter 4:15: "If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer..."
"For all the talk of freedom and self-determination, the abortion movement is at its heart a movement denying rights to a silent segment of humanity and soliciting public sanction, support and subsidy to its own cause" (Donald P. Shoemaker, ABORTION, THE BIBLE AND THE CHRISTIAN, Hayes Publishing Co., 1976, p. iv).