Debunk a "Miracle"—Go to Jail for Blasphemy In India


Sewage miracle

Lots of countries, including many in Europe, are adopting laws that make it a criminal offense  for a person to make fun of another person's religion. Just how dangerously stupid this can be is illustrated by the case of Sanal Edamaruku, who is being sued for debunking a "miracle" at a Roman Catholic church in Mumbai, India. Apparently, the local priest and enthusiatic laity were claiming that water dripping from the feet of a statue of Jesus was a divine miracle.

With the consent of the church authorities Edamaruku investigated the miracle and found that the water was actually being diverted from a clogged washroom drain eventually dripping through a nail hole at the base of the statue. Miracle debunkers are rarely popular, and it proved to be true in this case. Instead of thanking Edamaruku for his hygienic discovery, two Catholic lay organizations are seeking his arrest and trial under Section 295A of the Indian Penal code:

Whoever destroys, damages or defiles any place of worship, or any object held sacred by any class of persons with the intention of thereby insulting the religion of any class of persons or with the knowledge that any class of persons is likely to consider such destruction, damage or defilement as a insult to their religion, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

Interesting notion that alerting people to the fact that their holy water was in fact sewage somehow constitutes criminal "defilement."

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  1. Frank: It could be a miracle. It could be bullshit. There’s only one thing we know for sure.

    Charlie: What’s that?

    Frank: It’s a goddamn gold mine.

    1. ‘A chick bleeding out her vagina is no miracle. Chicks bleed out their vaginas all the time.’

      1. “I’ve got a confession: I’m in love with a man. ‘What?’ I’m in love with a man. A man called God. Does that make me gay? Am I “gay for God”? You betcha.”

        1. “Now technically that stain did appear to me. Also, I am familiar with carpentry, and I don’t know who my father is, so…am I the messiah? I don’t know. I could be. I’m not ruling it out.”

          1. Mac: “Let’s go toe to toe on the bible, bitch.”
            Charlie Kelly: “Ask and ye shall receive, sucka.”

            1. Charlie: (singing) I got the good Lord, he’s going down on me.

              Mac: The good Lord is going down on you? What is that supposed to mean, Charlie?

              Charlie: What, it’s like?

              Mac: Why are you dressed like this?

              Charlie: Come on, man. It’s perfect.

              Mac: Where did you get it?

              Charlie: I have my sources.

              Mac: Charlie, I told you to dress nice. We look like salt and pepper shakers!

  2. Debunk “Statism”, Go to Jail for Blasphemy in America

    Coming soon.

  3. I guess they just haven’t developed enough as a country to relegate their miracles to fried, diary-based sandwiches.

    1. …or dairy-based sandwiches, for that matter.

  4. Interesting notion that alerting people to the fact that their holy water was in fact sewage somehow constitutes criminal “defilement.”

    Not *that* interesting in the land of the Ganges.

  5. Is it religion that makes people stupid, or stupid people that make religion? It is a conundrum.

    1. It is a conundrum.

      If they wore small enough conundrums there wouldn’t be so many of them.
      What do you mean that’s a condum? Did they have to shorten the name too?

    2. Some from column A, some from column B.

    3. Plenty of stupid and evil people in the world have made atheism in practice stupid and evil; don’t see why religion would be any different.

  6. ?and as the Catholics realized the silliness of their lawsuit, snickered, rolled their eyes and extended their hands in apology to Edamaruku, a dozen Taliban smashed through the door.

    “Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!”

    (Roll credits and Benny Hill music)

  7. Katie Holmes better watch her mouth.

    1. I wonder if her relationship played any role in her choice to turn down The Dark Knight. Her rising star did plummet a bit after 2006.

  8. I don’t see miracle debunking as a valid government expense. The article doesn’t say that any taxpayer funds were directly used in the discovery, but taxpayer funds were obviously used to adjudicate the matter. Whether its in India, the US, Europe, or wherever civilized judges should say “next” when a case like this comes up.

  9. See, this clearly shows that the problem is atheists, cause atheism’s just another form of reglijin, but teh evul!!11!

    Thank goodness India’s filled with Religions of Peace?…

  10. Kinda makes you wonder who comes up with all that stuff? I mean seriously.

  11. Nobody likes a fucking party pooper. Just go with it, alright?

  12. Stay classy, Catholic Church.

  13. “[Organization of Concerned Catholics] members said they were not upset with Sanal for saying the phenomenon was not a miracle. They were hurt by statements he allegedly made against the Pope and Catholic clergy.”


    This is probably censorship envy – Hindus and Muslims have used this law to censor criticism of their faiths, so the Christian minority, in a short-sighted manner, thinks they should be able to invoke this censorship too. Not very smart for a minority group which ought to be worrying about *limiting* the govt’s repressive powers.

  14. Where did all the intelligent people go? All I see, lately, in REASON comments are morons.

  15. All holy water MUST start as sewage. Otherwise, there is no redemptive miracle, don’t you see?

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