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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Justice Scalia: The Constitution Allows the Supreme Court to “Favor Religion Over Nonreligion”

This week, during a speech at Colorado Christian University, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dismissed the entire notion of separation of church and state:



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Sheriff’s Office is Guided by the Five “C”s… Including Christ

The Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office in Waverly, Tennessee has an unusual logo, which it uses on both its official website and as the profile picture for the department on Facebook:

Nice words there: Commitment, Compassion, Courage, Communication… and Christ?

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A City-Sponsored Hydraulic Cross May Soon Be Used to Promote Abortion, Gay Marriage, and Atheism

Last month, I posted about a giant hydraulic cross that goes up several times a year atop Dewey Hill in Grand Haven, Michigan:



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A Christian Minister Explains Why Church and State Should Remain Separate

Christian minister Dr. Robert Wilkerson, who runs an organization called People for the Christian Way (which, as far as I can tell, doesn’t actually exist), published a short but terrific piece at Al.com about why prayer doesn’t belong in public school.

Here are just a couple of his reasons:

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