Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Fundies Slam TM™ Judge

File under: The Siddhi of PR

That bulwark of spiritual ignorance impeding progress and cultural evolution, the American Family Association, is going after the judge who sentenced a crack-smoking vote defrauder to a course in TM™. Actually, it's TMSM, or Transcendental Meditation Stress Management, and not affiliated with the Madharishi anymore.

Leading the charge for the AFA is lawyer Brian Fahling:
"You've got a governmental actor who's ordering an individual to participate in something that perhaps may run contrary to their own particular beliefs and belief system." Still, the attorney says he is not really surprised by the judge's order because it is consistent with a larger trend toward secularization that is progressing in America.
Wait a minute... The government is ordering an individual to participate in something that is being construed as a religious belief, yet the fact of this is evidence of the progressing secularization of America?

We guess the guy is as uptight about his idea of religion as he looks in his photograph. Who'da thunk that?

What he means to say is that TM™ is the wrong religion. They all are... except his. There is no doubt the guy would be flipping cartwheels if the judge had sentenced the girl to attend a Southern Baptist church instead. It would have been much harsher outcome for the poor thing if you asked us.

5 Comments:

At 4/11/2006 8:57 PM, Blogger Shoonyata said...

Ridiculous. TM is such a benign form of "Hinduism" involving nothing more than a gentle process of connecting with a particular aspect of the divine. It would do this fundamentalist bigot a world of good, too.

This is just a reflection of the attitude that the right-wing morons have towards the sublime principles of Sanatana Dharma that are too lofty to be understood by their narrow minds. California highschool textbooks ridicule Hinduism as a backward, archaic religion. No wonder the Hindu American Foundation recently sued the California State Board of Education and there is this brouhaha about the issue in the normally blasé Hindu community.

 
At 4/12/2006 3:32 AM, Blogger not not fat said...

Exremely well put. The comment about secularization knocked me out. I am a Christian and am against prayer in school, or the teaching of religion in school, because what religion would it be? It has to be none or all. And all would take a mighty long time!

 
At 4/12/2006 6:47 AM, Blogger ontheotherhand said...

And this guy certainly would have no objection to state tax funds going to various christian churches or schools.

Bunch of hypocrites.

 
At 4/12/2006 9:38 AM, Blogger falseguru said...

Let's not forget that the TM organization generally is a very shitty religion. It has all the worst features of the world's other religions: dogma, superstition, hierarchy, the notion that the rich can buy God, ambitions to dominate the world, a caste system which explodes the egos of the upper caste and reduces the lower caste members to servitude, false ideas about how to "get" enlightened...Now I hear they even have a king with an incredibly funny hat and costume...

The only thing that ever was any good in the TM movement was the meditation and the basic philosophy from Shankara.

Religion sucks, as almost anyone who has been held in bondage by it knows.

 
At 4/13/2006 8:45 AM, Blogger ontheotherhand said...

Facedog,

I agree. Imagine no religion. It would solve so many problems.

There was an email circulating around about the new TM "Raja" - haha. His original name is Tony Nader. Now he is something like Raja Rama Tony Naderji. I can't exactly remember, but it's really very funny. And the hat, is a crown I think. They have their own currency! I think that is called "Rams" or something equally amusing.

I feel sorry for the lot of them. They have been dragged around by an organization that cares nothing for any of them (the usual). Another e-mail that circulated some time ago was about some very rich dudes (brothers I seem to remember) who said enough is enough, and withdrew their land from the organization's use. This was someplace in the south of America, I think. The upshot of it was that sincere, misguided men and women who had evidently taken some kind of vow to MMY and the TM movement, and had lived in separate groups, and were staying on that land, just had to leave. I never heard what happened to them. There were several hundreds of them. Imagine you do some practice that makes you feel good then get sucked into taking some oath of allegiance to a group, and after lots of years of working only for them, they tell you you have to earn money for them or leave? That's what they do to them. Even the Vatican doesn't do that to it's old nuns and priests.

You are right, TM turns out to be a very shitty religion as religions go.

Imagine no religion.

 

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