A few days ago I made a little nod to the rationalist movement growing in India, hoping that they will put up some kind of front against Vianna Stibal’s visit next year. Well, probably the most well-known Indian rationalist, Sanal Edamaruku (some of you may remember him as the guy who bet a tantrik that he could not kill him, and then proceeded to stand there and smirk while his opponent attempted to use dark magic to kill him, for hours, on live TV. Needless to say, Sanal is still alive, or I wouldn’t be talking about this next thing) has fallen afoul of blasphemy laws in India, and may have to go to jail.
Well, what makes a miracle? One would think that to make such a bold claim about something, some sort of investigation is needed, and in the Catholic church, that’s usually the case, although the fact that they’ve made some events official miracles tells you a little something about the vetting process, mainly that its not thorough enough. Well, a weeping statue of Jesus Christ was investigated by Sanal and found to be caused by clogged plumbing, far from a miracle and more like a problem that needs fixing.
Perhaps you would think that Sanal might get a nod from the church for doing their work for them, but that doesn’t seem to be the case, instead, having refused to apologize for revealing the true nature of the ‘miracle’, he may be facing a jail sentence.
Is an apology in order? Well, probably not, seeing as people were drinking these Jesus tears to try and cure themselves of their afflictions, it’s probably a good thing that they know that this is clogged up sewage. Yet still the apology is still the only thing that will get the church to drop the charges, apparently.
Should blasphemy laws even exist?
Should the right to criticize be a human right?
Shouldn’t the public’s safety come first, even before possible hints of the divine?