There’s a dispute going on over in India in relations to a land bridge Hindus are insisting was built by Lord Ram. In response to the hoopla a few politicians have made smart-ass remarks regarding Lord Ram’s formal education. And much like the Christians here in America, Hindus are claiming they are being victimized by the “micro-minority” of atheists with the author of the linked piece saying the “bullies” ought to be arrested.
And why should they be arrested? Because India has a law that forbids anyone from upsetting religious people:
Meanwhile, someone should read out Section 295 A of the Indian Penal Code to Mr Karunanidhi. It says anyone who, by words or visible representation outrages the religious feelings of any class of citizens “with deliberate and malicious intention” or otherwise “insults or attempts to insult the religion or the religious beliefs of the class”, shall be punished with imprisonment up to three years or with fine or with both. Section 298, too, prescribes punishment to those who, through words or gestures display a deliberate intention to wound the religious feelings or any person. Apart from these two sections, there is also Section 153(A) under which a person who promotes or attempts to promote disharmony or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will between different religions, racial, language or regional groups or castes or communities can be put away for three years.
It seems to me that if anyone is “bullying” anyone it’s the theists who are using the threat of confinement in order to protect their silly-ass beliefs from being called silly-ass beliefs. How anyone can have a law like this on the books and still insist that one is a victim just goes to prove how persuasive religious privilege is.