Wednesday, August 21, 2013

don't mess with "blind faith"

[Narendra] Dabholkar, who founded the Committee for the Eradication of Blind Faith two decades ago, encountered opposition over the bill from Hindu nationalists who feared it could be used to curb religious freedoms.
Dabholkar. 71, was shot dead Tuesday by two unidentified gunmen on motorbikes. The assassination brought business to a standstill and protesters into the streets. Now "The Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman, Evil Practices and Black Magic Bill" appears to have some chance of passage.
Details were not yet available but an earlier draft proposed bans on beating a person to exorcise ghosts and on raising money by claiming to work miracles.
And here I was scared of the Bible Belt.

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