Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Sanal Edamaruku

So often we get to focus on christianity or islam in either the USA or Middle Eastern countries. I believe this is due to the great news coverage in these areas, however there are other stories out there and today I would like to bring some attention to Sanal Edamaruku form India.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanal_Edamaruku

Sanal is the head of Rationalist International (http://www.rationalistinternational.net/), and is a skeptic that needs our help these days. So let me briefly explain why he needs our help.

In 2012, Sanal was invited to investigate a so called miracle of the leaking cross in a Catholic Church in Mumbai. It did not take a long time for him to show that the so called leaking cross "miracle" was actually caused by a blocked drainage system which was leading to water soaking through the wall and then subsequently the water was dripping of the cross.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/28/sanal-edamaruku-indian-rationalist-weeping-christ-miracle-hoax-faces-jail_n_2201897.html

One would think this would be the end of the story, after all he showed the public that there was a leaky pipe... but no, as it turns out he got Blasphemy charges filed against him. In India you can get charged if you hurt someones religious feelings even when they lie to people apparently.
" u/s 295 of Indian Penal Code states that persons can be arrested and charged on the allegations of hurting the religious sentiments of a particular community."

At present Sanal is in exile in Europe, but the blasphemy charges remain. we have the voice to support Sanal and then hopefully at some point reason will win over insanity and the blasphemy charges will be dropped against a man that was just doing the rational and correct thing. sign the petition here.
http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/drop-blasphemy-charges-against-sanal-edamaruku

Shame on India, shame on the catholic church, shame on religious irrational thought.