June 7, 2012 at 11:05 am PZ Myers
The Catholic church is up to their old tricks again, this time in India. They’re trying to get a skeptic imprisoned for exposing a phony “miracle”.
Sanal Edamaruku, President of the Indian Rationalist Association, has for decades been a tireless campaigner for science and against superstition. He is widely known for his exposure of the tricks used by self-professed ‘God-Men’ and gurus and has often been on Indian television explaining the everyday science behind supposed miracles.
After one such exposure – he pointed out that the “blood” oozing from a statue of Christ at the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Velan kanni in Vile Parle, Mumbai was in fact water from a leaky pipe – the Catholic Church of Mumbai made a formal complaint about him to the Mumbai police.
This is why laws like this should never be written " He stands accused of “deliberately hurting religious feelings and attempting malicious acts intended to outrage the religious sentiments of any class or community”, an offence under Section 295(a) of the Indian Penal Code."
Religion is a hobby that we should stop paying attention too
Religious people are often weak assholes who melt under scrutiny. You would think having an inside link to eternal life with your God after death would make you feel good but NO while alive you wail when your poor feelings are hurt if it is pointed out you are just wasting your time and life on nothing.