THEIST_WATCH Msg : 124 Written : 10/10/94 04:15pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To :

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THEIST_WATCH Msg : 124 Written : 10/10/94 04:15pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Hindus and Moslems at War in India Well, what would you do if a mosque was built over the very place that your god was born? The answer for Hindus was for 200,000 of them to riot and tear down a Moslem mosque. Lord Rama was born there -- right there -- and the spot could not be desecrated. Of course, the mosque was built in the 16th century and had not been used for many years, but what has logic to do with this? On December 26, 1992, in the Hindu riot 300 years later, 2,500 people were killed and the mosque was leveled to the ground. And was that the end of it all? Of course not. Neither the Hindus nor the Moslems were about to forget and continued to cordially hate one another -- even in India's Silicon valley which harbors a dense cluster of advanced high-technology firms. There, in Bangalore, the state owned radio began on October 2 to broadcast news in Urdu, a mix of Persian and Hindi, a language spoken by India's 160 million Moslems. Urdu is also the official language of Pakistan. The Hindus did not take kindly to the Urdu language broadcasts even if they were simply news and politics. They began to attack Moslem mosques setting them on fire and moved into a shopping center. The Moslems defended with swinging lengths of chain as god's love reigned down on all. Over a hundred motor vehicles were torched. At the end of weekend, sixteen people were dead and another eight died of their wounds by the next day. Police (of the state's "Rapid Action Force") were under orders to shoot any curfew-breakers on sight. Elections which both the Hindus and the Moslems take seriously will be held on November 26 and December 1. In the meantime, American Atheists will bring you a continuing body count. * WCE 2.0/[NR-1167] * American Atheists is a non-prophet organization! *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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