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DEBATE GOES ON
What impact do you think the Pope's visit is going to have on
socio-religious culture of India?
Hopefully it will make Hindus more savvy about
what is going on in the world. Current missionary plans to convert
India, both by Catholics and Protestants, are the greatest in
history in terms of financial backing, media manipulation and
manpower support. An entire new attack is being launched. China is
also emerging as a new target. Religious tolerance is not a one way
street. We cannot ask Hindus to honor Christianity when Christians,
starting with the pope, don't honor Hinduism, however much they may
talk of God, humanity or peace.
Why can't the pope say that Christianity is not
the only way and that Hinduism by itself can be enough? That would
be an expression of tolerance and open-mindedness. Why are Hindus
who accept the validity of many paths called "hardliners"
while a pope who refuses to do so is honored as a holy man? Is not
pluralism a sign of tolerance and exclusivism the hallmark of
Catholicism today is not a
pluralistic tradition honoring different religious and spiritual
paths as valid. It is an exclusivist tradition dominated by a leader
who will not accept a Buddha, Krishna, Rama or Guru Nanak as a Son
of God but only Jesus. Hopefully the
pope's visit will get people to really think about these matters.