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A COMMENT OF RAM SWARUP'S HINDU
VIEW OF CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM
While it is
alright for non-Hindu religions to criticize Hinduism, it appears that it is not right for
Hindus to express their own point of view, even in India. If it is not acceptable for
Hinduism in India to defend itself in the current information (or disinformation) war,
where is it to be given a voice?
The banning of books is the greatest statement of both intolerance and stupidly. A country
which does this is just giving a lobotomy to itself. In the Western world there is a
freedom of speech. No books are banned. One can find numerous book criticizing
Christianity and Jesus, for example, including some by great Western thinkers like
Voltaire and Nietzsche.
Both the Bible and the Koran
themselves contain much criticism of Pagan religions and their cultures. Why can't Pagan
religions give their critique of the religions which have been attacking them for
centuries? It is the sign of a mature culture that it can accept criticism and tolerate
various points of view.