Thursday, March 25, 2004

Exclusive: One nation under nothing

This article started off fair interesting with this line: "My parents arrived here from India in one of the waves of immigration that have brought millions of families to the United States during the past 300 years" and set my teeth on edge with this line: "But the assertion in the Pledge of Allegiance that this is a nation "under God" prevents many immigrants outside the Judeo-Christian tradition from participating in this fundamental ritual of American patriotism".

The last statement is fairly interesting because of these facts. The Islamic God is the same are the Judeo-Christian God, although if this were a Muslim country it would most likely be "One nation under god and his prophet is Muhammad". The fact remains that the Muslim still can't find fault in the statement, "One nation under God". They just have some additions.

Here is a quote about Hinduism:
"Hinduism is generally associated with a multiplicity of Gods, and it does not advocate the worship of one particular deity. The Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism amount to thousands, all representing the many aspects of only one supreme Absolute called “Brahman”. However, people who don’t know this, misinterprets the fact that Hinduism has a multitude of Gods! What one should understand is that although there are many manifestations of Brahman in the forms of deities each deity is really an aspect of the Brahman or, ultimately Brahman itself. "
So I have leaned Hindus have a problem with the word "God". I would be in favor of changing the word to "God(s)”, if it would make them happy. Again this group cannot find fault with the statement "one nation under God". They just have some additions.

Finally, a break down of India's religion from the CIA world fact book:
Hindu 81.3%, Muslim 12%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other groups including Buddhist, Jain, Parsi 2.5%

Now I can continue reading the article.


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