Re: Chris Butler, Jagad Guru, Science of Identity
Date: December 27, 2010 06:01PM
Someone mentioned homosexuality and Hinduism. In the Hare Krishna (ISKCON) religion, homosexuality is considered "illicit sex." The Hare Krishna religion, as well as Chris Butler's Science of Identity Foundation, are based on the ancient Hindu scriptures such as the Vedas and the Upanishads, etc. Hinduism is based on the same scriptures.
I'll bet that homosexuality is also "illicit sex" in Hinduism, as well.
The important principle is that sex is for procreation only. That rules out birth control, abortion, masturbation, divorce and homosexuality. Hare Krishna couples are allowed to have sex only once a month, presumably at the wife's most fertile time. This restriction would also optimize the potency of the husband's sperm.
No premarital or extra-marital sex is allowed.
The Hare Krishnas, and most probably the Jagad Guru Chris Butler devotees, are very strict about what they define as "sex." Their definition includes kissing. Has anyone ever seen Mike Gabbard (Krishna Katha das) kiss Carol (Devahuti dasi) in public? (I don't think anyone has ever seen Tulsi with her ex-husband Eduardo Tamayo, much less seen them kiss in public).
With a principle of sex for procreation only, the Hare Krishna and Science of Identity Cults share something in common with the Catholic Church, which you know, is anti abortion, prohibits abortion, birth control and divorce and frowns on homosexuality.
Krishna himself, as has been noted, had 16,108 gopis or "cowherd maidens." With each gopi, he had exactly 10 children for a total of 161,080 children.
Krishna appeared on earth 5,000 years ago and remained on earth 125 years. If Krishna started having children at the age of 14, he would have had to have sex more than four times a day, 365 days each year for 111 years to have all those children.
Apparently, later in life Krishna renounced all of his sexual athleticism and so you wind up with the puritanical devotees that are considered ideal now.
Many of the conservative Protestant sects also allow sex for procreation only. From the standpoint of religion, you want your devotees to have as many children as they can. Not only can they be indoctrinated into the religion from an early age, but they can be expected to become tithers and recruiters for the religion.
I found articles on the internet that said that before Jagad Guru Butler and his devotees got involved in anti LGBT politics, they were anti abortion activists. This was in the days before "Independents for Godly Government," I believe.
The Gabbards are staunchly anti abortion and regularly participate in the annual Honolulu "March for Life," which is held on or around January 22 each year. January 22, 1973 is the date of the U.S. Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in all states. Mike Gabbard (Krishna Katha das) has often been a speaker at the Honolulu "March for Life" event.