30th May 01:28
C-SPAN'S BLUNDER - CAN WE DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS?
Can we do something about this?
The C-SPAN email address is
The Traditional values coalition is at
They have a "contact us" link, which has an e-mail form.
----- Original Message -----
-Subject: Can we do something about this?
-Date: Monday, July 14, 2003
This is SM in Birmingham. Yesterday, Sunday the 13th of
July, on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, there was a woman
called Andrea Lafferty.
She is the Executive Director of a group called the
Traditional Values Coalition. In the course of her
replies and comments on viewers calls, she made the
following comment. "Because America is based on Judeo-
Cristian values, Hindus are allowed to worship here and
Muslims are allowed to worship here. However, this is not
the case in India and Pakistan, Christians are not
allowed to worship." I think it is really important that
we refute her statement in a timely fashion, and if
possible make her retract her statement.
I am planning to write to C-Span, but am not sure if that
is enough. Do you have some suggestions?
SAM'S LETTER TO C-SPAN
On C-SPAN's Washington Journal, Andrea Lafferty asserted
that Christians are not allowed to worship in India. This
is an outright falsehood, which I request she correct. I
am an Indian and a Hindu, who went to school all her life
in a Catholic School in Mumbai, India, one of hundreds of
thousands of schools run by Catholics & Protestants in
India. I have a large number of friends who are
Christians, who worship as freely in India, as do the
Moslems. India celebrates Hindu, Moslem, Christian,
Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and seek holidays. We have a state
that is Majority Christian, and we have a state that is
Majority Moslem. Our army and Navy and Police allow for
he differences in religion, and Sikhs for e.g. are
allowed to wear a turban, as their religion demand,
instead of a hat. India is probably the most liberal and
the most accommodating country in the world when it comes
to religious practices. This is not least because it is
based on Hindu principles.
Hinduism believes that all paths lead to salvation unlike
Christians. I am not sure where Ms Lafferty gets her
information on India from, but clearly she is not getting
it from a reliable source. I hope she will prove that she
is indeed a Christian and revoke her false statements
about India promptly.
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