Tuesday, June 12, 2007 8:09:18 PM
Dear friends, and especially my indian friends. Lately I have been thinking about the words "rice - christians", meaning people that become christians because they gain something by it, an not because they believe christianity is more true than their old religion. In norwegian papers there has been a small discussion of this. Especially people from the lowest cast, the "untouchables" becoming christians (and a few becoming muslims) en masse, because this is the only way to "move upwards" for them in the indian society. I know that the laws do not permit discrimination due to cast, race etc. And that real measures has been taken to put this laws into effect.
I am an admirer of Mahatma (the great spirit) Gandhi. As a true hindu he fought against this discrimination in words and deeds. But to day I am afraid that the more intolerant groups of hinduism is on the march forward. (Like I fear intolerant groups in the "Christian west" and many muslim countries).
I do not prefer an all tolerant world religion, that necessarily will be very intolerant on anybody that is not tolerant in its specially defined way. (I see a lot of it already). I trust the good in man and fear the evil in him.
Dear friends. What is your meaning?