Saturday, December 08, 2007

All Religion Is Local--and Personal

In the wake of George Romney's speech on the Mormon faith, we bring you a report from the BBC that proves religion is a mighty personal thing, and often seems weird to those who aren't practitioners.

In the eastern state of Jharkhand, India, the deities Ram and Hanuman have been summoned to appear personally in court to give testimony in a property dispute case. Judge Sunil Kumar Singh has sent notice to the two gods by personal service (no report as to outcome), by mail (notices were returned for incomplete address), and then by publication, to the monkey gods, pictured above.

Since the Internet is global but all religion seems to be local, I am hoping that if I got the facts wrong, a Hindu reader will leave a comment.

There is no further information on whether contempt proceedings are contemplated if the two do not show up for next week's hearing.


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