Cross posted @ the Atheist Oasis
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, a popular Indian guru and head of the Dera Sacha Sauda spiritual group, has allegedly tricked hundreds of his followers into being castrated.
According to the country’s Central Investigation Bureau, Ram Rahim manipulated about 400 of his followers into taking part in the mass castrations by convincing them it was the only way to personally connect with God, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
The only victim to have come forward so far is Hans Raj Chauhan, who says the castrations began around 2000 in the state of Haryana in northern India. He said the castrations took place in a hospital run by the Dera organization, often described as a cult.
“They were told that only those who get castrated will be able to meet God,” said Chauhan’s lawyer, Navkiran Singh, according to the Morning Herald.
Ram Rahim has headed Dera Sacha Sauda, which boasts a following of about 50 million people, for more than two decades. In addition to his religious duties, he also dabbles in music and film, earning the moniker of “the guru in bling” for his gaudy, glittering outfits and extravagant lifestyle.
Ram Rahim’s latest endeavour is a feature-length film released in January, MSG: The Messenger of God, which depicts the guru as a god-like action hero who can walk on air and split logs with his bare hands. The film has drawn huge audiences, though it might struggle now that the castration allegations against the film’s star have become national headlines.
The case against Ram Rahim is over allegedly causing grievous bodily harm, though it is not his first brush with the law. He has previously been investigated for two murders, rape and stockpiling illegal weapons at his ashram.
Wow. If any of you guys are like me, you likely cringed and shuddered simultaneously.
Really – the religious fixation on sex and genitalia is quite distressing. Somehow, these bodies we have (which according to the crazed fundies of any ilk, are a ‘masterpiece’ created by their specific cosmic babysitter) are to be mistreated, neglected, flagellated, and sometimes mutilated.
And while I have some degree of sympathy pains for these 400 yahoos, I also am glad that these idiots can no longer reproduce. They actually strengthened the gene pool by their own removal from it. In fact, this might prove a beneficial rule: if you’re willing to put your gonads on the chopping block for some vague ambiguous promise from some hairy asshole in a tie-die robe, then likelihood is that you’d be an unfit parent.
Because those rights should be contingent on competence, not existence.
But this raging socio? In another class altogether. These evil shadows of days long past, the shaman dancing in the dark and the light, luring the innocent, the gullible – there should be a special punishment just for that. And lo and behold! Yet another gawd-talker that has a shady background. Now, what are that odds on that? Pretty fucking good.
Till the next post then.