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Links roundup: What’s up, religion?

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by arievergreen

I’ve been saving these ones up – stories of ordinary people who are subjected to oppression for religious reasons. (And several of them resist successfully!) Isn’t religion supposed to improve our quality of life, not destroy it?

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What after 377?

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2009 by arievergreen

So far, the rule of thumb in India has been to remain invisible in times of persecution. During Hindu-Muslim riots, Muslims would change their names to avoid being butchered. Dalits learnt to hide their surnames or change their religion to free themselves from an oppressive system that had religious sanction. The more visible you made yourself in times of adversity, the more vulnerable you made yourself. It is a self-perpetuating role-play between the persecutor and victim. Being a minority means being a victim, and being a majority automatically means being a persecutor… In such a scenario, most sexual minorities survived by simply staying underground. As a survival instinct, many pretend to be heterosexual or simply don’t wish to make public their sexual orientation.

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