India: Ban on ‘Angels & Demons’ urged
Christians are calling for a ban on ‘Angels & Demons”, a movie based on a novel by Dan Brown. They complain that it is an insult to Christians and confuses fiction with the truth.
Church people in India are demanding a ban on the Hollywood movie “Angels & Demons,” saying it would insult Christians and that it portrays fiction as fact.
The movie, based on American author Dan Brown’s novel of the same name, is reportedly ready for worldwide release on May 15. Christians have been protesting its release in India over a month now. The movie is the “cheapest mode of commercialization and does not speak any truth,” says Father Babu Joseph, spokesperson of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India.
The bishop’s conference has already sent a letter to the Central Board of Film Certification, India’s federal licensing authority, requesting a ban. The bishops’ April 17 letter to the board’s chairperson said “the movie will be an attempt to malign Christians and their faith through deliberate distortion of facts.”
It would also “hurt the religious sentiments of Christians,” the letter said. In India, “Christianity is still in the process of being understood,” it said. Presenting Christianity “in a distorted manner, is an insult.”
Err… these bishops have made careers out of mocking every other faith as “work of the devil” and accusing the rest of the humanity of worshipping satan. On top of that, their whole religion is based on declaring other people as unclean who are going to hell to be boiled alive till eternity.
It seems pagans have a fit case to call for a ban on Christianity itself because its holy books and padres insult pagans openly and run down their beliefs. Check out any of the pamphlets distrubuted by missionaries to know their views about non-Christian gods. “Presenting Christianity in a distorted manner” is an insult, eh? Then why shouldn’t Christianity itself be banned because it is nothing but an assault on rest of humanity and conspiracy to deny other people their gods? The statement “our god is true, your god is false” itself is an insult to others.
In India, “Christianity is still in the process of being understood,” it said.
Not really. Hindus understood it well enough during the Goa Inquisition. Many Westerners have understood it too. VVS Sharma, fellow poster, has sent me these quotations about how Westerner intellectuals have outgrown Christianity and come to hold it in contempt:
Voltaire (French Philosopher, 1694-1778):
“If we believe absurdities, we shall commit atrocities.”
“Every sensible man, every honorable man, must hold the Christian sect in horror.”
“Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.”
“Christianity is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and bloody religion that has ever infected the world.”
“You will notice that in all disputes between Christians since the birth of the Church, Rome has always favored the doctrine which most completely subjugated the human mind and annihilated reason.”
“Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.”
“As you know, the Inquisition is an admirable and wholly Christian invention to make the pope and the monks more powerful and turn a whole kingdom into hypocrites.”
“Of all religions the Christian is without doubt the one which should inspire tolerance most, although up to now the Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.”
“The son of God is the same as the son of man; the son of man is the same as the son of God. God, the father, is the same as Christ, the son; Christ, the son, is the same as God, the father. This language may appear confused to unbelievers, but Christians will readily understand it.”
Thomas Jefferson (American Statesman, 1743-1826):
“The clergy, by getting themselves established by law, & in-grafted into the machine of government, have been a very formidable engine against the civil and religious rights of man.
“There is not one redeeming feature in our superstition of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.”
“The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power themselves…these clergy, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ.”
“Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burned, tortured, fined, and imprisoned, yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity.”
“Were the Pope, or his allies, to send in mission to us some thousands of Jesuit priests to convert us to their orthodoxy, I suspect that we should deem and treat it as a national aggression on our peace and faith.”
“The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.”
“Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.”
Abraham Lincoln (American Statesman, 1809-1865):
“The Bible is not my book nor Christianity my profession. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.”
“My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with advancing years, and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them.”
“I see a very dark cloud on America’s horizon, and that cloud is coming from Rome.”
“I am for liberty of conscience in its noblest, broadest, and highest sense. But I cannot give liberty of conscience to the pope and his followers, the papists, so long as they tell me, through all their councils, theologians, and canon laws that their conscience orders them to burn my wife, strangle my children, and cut my throat when they find their opportunity.”
Thomas Paine (American Statesman, 1737-1809):
“What is it the Bible teaches us? — rapine, cruelty, and murder. What is it the Testament teaches us? — to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married, and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.”
“It is the fable of Jesus Christ, as told in the New Testament, and the wild and visionary doctrine raised thereon, against which I contend. The story, taking it as it is told, is blasphemously obscene.”
“As to the Christian system of faith, it appears to me as a species of Atheism — a sort of religious denial of God. It professes to believe in a man rather than in God. It is a compound made up Chiefly of Manism with but little Deism, and is as near Atheism as twilight is to darkness. It introduces between man and his Maker an opaque body, which it calls a Redeemer, as the moon introduces her opaque self between the earth and the sun, and it produces by this means a religious, or an irreligious eclipse of light. It has put the whole orbit of reason into shade.”
“I believe in one God, and no more; and I hope for happiness beyond this life.”
“I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Turkish church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church”
“All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”
“Each of these churches shows certain books, which they call revelation, or the word of God. The Jews say that their word of God was given by God to Moses, face to face; the Christians say that their word of God came by divine inspiration; and the Turks say that their word of God, the Koran, was brought by an angel from heaven. Each of these churches accuses the others of unbelief; and, for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”
“No man ought to make a living by religion. It is dishonest so to do.”
“It has often been said that anything may be proved from the Bible; but before anything can be admitted as proved by the Bible, the Bible itself must be proved to be true; for if the Bible be not true, or the truth of it be doubtful, it ceases to have authority, and cannot be admitted as proof of anything.”
“I would not dare to so dishonor my Creator God by attaching His name to that book (The Bible).”
“Of all the systems of religion that were ever invented, there is none more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory in itself, than this thing called Christianity. Too absurd for belief, too impossible to convince, and too inconsistent for practice, it renders the heart torpid, or produces only atheists and fanatics.”
H.G. Wells (1866-1946), British author:
“The greatest evil in the world today is the Christian religion.”
“I think that it stands for everything most hostile to the mental emancipation and stimulation of mankind. It is the completest, most highly organized system of prejudices and antagonism in existence. Everywhere in the world there are ignorance and prejudice, but the greatest complex of these, with the most extensive prestige and the most intimate entanglement with traditional institutions, is the Roman Catholic Church. It presents many faces to the world, but everywhere it is systematic in its fight against freedom.”
“As with the Christian religion, the worst argument for socialism is its adherents.
means of wealth, the avarice of priests; but so far as it respects the good of man in general, it leads to nothing here or hereafter.”
Hindus have not out-grown Hinduism even after 5,000 years. Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists have not outgrown their religion either. But almost all Europe and a large chunk of Americans have outgrown Christianity and turned atheists. What is the reason? The reason is that rigid dogmatic religions that curb free thinking and enquiry are an unnatural imposition upon the human race. As people become wealthy or begun to think for themselves, they begin to suffocate in the cage in which Semitic religions and similar cults have put them. This is the reason why all people would sooner or later outgrow religions which proclaim “our god is true, your god is false.” Ultimately, freedom of thought will win over unthinking obedience because by its very nature human mind demands growth and expansion. It is in our genes.