Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Religious Ignorance on Display

I was going through my email today trying to clean house and I found this post from Unreasonable Faith about a proposed bill in Arizona that –
...prohibits the courts from using “religious sectarian law” in their decisions. It’s one of those bills that’s trying to prevent “creeping Sharia Law” from taking over our country.
The post goes on to quote the following from the bill itself –
… any statute, tenet or body of law evolving within and binding a specific religious sect or tribe. Religious sectarian law includes Sharia Law, Canon Law, Halacha and Karma but does not include any law of the United States or the individual states based on Anglo-American legal tradition and principles on which the United States was founded.
Vorjack at Unreasonable Faith goes on to point out that –
Karma isn’t a body of law or anything. It’s a religious principle that says that our deeds will influence our path along the wheel of life, death and reincarnation.

In Hindu myths, even the gods are subject to Karma. There’s really nothing you can do about it. It’s like trying to repeal the law of gravity.
Now I am all for keeping religious “laws” out of our secular court system but this is simply asinine.  As Vorjack pointed out, whoever authored this bill is completely ignorant on Karma and honestly who-knows-what-else.  On top of that, the language used in this bill is so xenophobic that it is scary. 

I did some Googling to see if the bill had passed and wasn’t able to find out one way or the other (apparently my Google Fu isn’t the best).  Hopefully this bill went down in flames and the people who authored it have gotten a much needed education in world religions.  Sadly though I wouldn’t be surprised in these blokes are as defiant as ever.  How pathetic. 

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