Thursday, May 11, 2006

Lunacy in the Land of the Blue God

Quick follow-up to the post below: it appears that the prejudice against a film that no one has seen yet is also appearing in India.

This is especially disappointing: I can remotely understand how medieval fundamentalism might take root in a nation like the Phillippines, which lacks a thriving native spirituality--but India--the land of Ganesh and Shiva and Krishnu; the culture that produced the Kama Sutra? Wouldn't you think that in India, of all nations, the idea that God may have had sex would be met with a smiling receptivity?

Well, for us, it's another lesson in how the disease we call fundamentalism can so easily propagate. For Dan Brown and the producers of the DVC film, it's simply great publicity.

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