Indian Hindus Reportedly Scrub Shrine and Wash Idols To Cleanse Their Temple of Low-Caste Governor’s Cooties

Some 300 million people in India, roughly a quarter of all Indian citizens, are Dalits — literally, “broken people,” but more commonly called “untouchables.”

It wasn’t supposed to be like that. Almost 60 years ago, India formally abolished caste-based discrimination (untouchability). But centuries-old habits die hard, and discrimination against “low” castes is still rife in many parts of the country. The news agency Reuters says that Dalits “still face prejudice in every sector from education to employment.”

This affront to the idea of meritocracy obviously pays no heed to whatever successes individual Dalits attain. As a Dalit, you can become, through good luck and perseverance, a judge, a doctor, or a state governor… and scores of Indian people will still treat you like, well, shit. Violence against Dalits is common.

The good news: Thanks to religion, that great equalizer – that hugely successful promoter of love, peace, and oneness – Hindu temples all over India are much-needed safe havens for Dalits.

Just kidding.

The government in the Indian state of Bihar has ordered an investigation after reports that a Hindu temple was cleaned and its idols washed after a visit by the state’s chief minister (governor), who belongs to a lower caste community.



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Vatican Flack Claims That the Church Is the Only Effective International Body Fighting Child-Raping Priests

I wonder what the Latin equivalent for chutzpah is.

A former Vatican spokesman has written, against the backdrop of the house arrest of a former nuncio being investigated for abuse of minors, that the Church is the only international body acting effectively against pedophilia.



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Muslims and Hindus Riot in India Over a Jokey Facebook Picture

As they’ve often done since at least the eighth century, Mo fans and Shiva supporters have been violently clashing in India:

The police have made hundreds of arrests in the past several days in an attempt to stop religious riots in the Indian city of Vadodara, in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat. So far, the violence has been confined to stabbings and the torching of around a dozen vehicles, D.J. Patel, a senior police official in Vadodara, said on Monday.



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In Oklahoma, a Muslim Ex-Con Tries to Convert Co-Workers, Gets Fired; Then It’s Time For a Beheading

Alton Nolen, the Muslim ex-con accused of an ex-colleague’s brutal beheading in Moore, Oklahoma on Thursday, identified strongly with the violent ways of his extremist foreign brethren.

In March, Nolen took to his Facebook page, where he calls himself Jah’Keem Yisrael, and posted an image of a beheading by Islamic fundies, captioned with a verse from the Qur’an:

I will instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off of them.



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Persecution Porn: Many Australian Christians Spread the Canard That Their Homes Are Secretly Marked By ISIS

(Warning: Several links in the second half of this post lead to web pages with extremely violent, NSFW visual content.)

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A bit of flimflam that’s been spreading like wildfire in Australia plays expertly on Christians’ never-ending persecution complex:

New South Wales police have been moved to reassure Australians that text messages claiming members of Islamic State (Isis) are knocking on people’s doors and marking Christian houses are a hoax, as concerns grow about the threat the extremist group poses.



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