This is more than Chris Butler's group.
These days many persons in the US believe in some doctrine of karma and
reincarnation. Many submit to gurus.
And in some cases, keep this a secret from outsiders, knowing
that outsiders consider these doctrines cold hearted.
Too often, this gives rise to the belief that one is entitled to keep one's
actual beliefs secret from outsiders who are deemed inferior,
-- except for those who may be potential recruits.
And those outsiders who are rich and well connected enough to
be worth kissing up to.
But in American open society, this covert stance is dysfunctional.
BTW - here is the origin of the term 'candidate'.
If such a person runs for public office, voters should ask searching
questions about whether the candidate believes all human beings, rich
or poor, sick or well, have equal dignity.
This is not to 'hate religion' or 'discrimination against Hinduism'.
Some religions behave in ways that have political and social consequences
--see below the citations on Hindu caste discrimination in India.
This is information voters need to know -- to protect themselves.
A political candidate has become a public person and approaches
voters as customers.
A customer has the right to ask questions and have them
answered in full before casting the ballot.
Does a candidate for public office secretly regard you as
inferior, low in the karmic hierarchy, because you are poor,
you are ill, you are disabled?
A candidate who smilingly flatters for your vote while
privately regarding you as inferior because of your bad karma
-- you deserve to know this before casting your vote.
For in India, where the doctrine of karma and reincarnation originated
and where it remains culturally potent, this doctrine has given rise
to and supports the caste system.
Here is what the upper castes have reportedly done to dalits (outcastes)
who are now protesting the caste system that oppresses them.
America has problems enough.
Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 05/02/2015 09:27PM by corboy.