• India Denies Visa Request From U.S. Govt Religious Freedom Monitoring Group

    March 16, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State, Post-Constitution America

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    India has denied visas to a team from the United States government responsible for monitoring religious freedom.


    The organization, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, had planned a trip to India to assess religious liberty in the country. But India has not issued visas to members of the commission.

    Robert George, the group’s chairman, said that the team was “deeply disappointed” by the Indian government’s action. The group has traveled to China, Myanmar, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam, “among the worst offenders on religious freedom,” he said.

    The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is a U.S. federal government commission, paid for by your tax money, and is the first of its kind in the world. Its proclaimed mission is to “review the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and make policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress.” Based on its web site, the Commission seems to issue a lot of reports, testifies a lot before Congress on bad places America does not like such as Iran and China, and otherwise entertains itself with some kind of holier-than-thou America, F*ck Yeah! attitude.

    USCIRF is not the same as the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, which seems to do much of the same preaching, via the State Department’s annual reports on international religious freedom.


    Back to India.

    The Indian Embassy in Washington said in a statement that there had been no change in policy regarding such visits and that the Indian Constitution guaranteed freedom of religion for its citizens. “We do not see the locus standi of a foreign entity like USCIRF to pass its judgment and comment on the state of Indian citizens’ constitutionally protected rights.”

    And that, indeed, is the point.

    Just exactly who do we think we are to have a taxpayer-paid U.S. government organization whose task it is to travel around the world going tsk-tsk at whether other countries, including India, the world’s most populous democracy, protect freedom of religion the way America believes it should be?


    Let’s enjoy one of those thought experiments.

    Can we imagine the United States (“In God We Trust,” where our Republican candidates openly advocate against Muslims, where violence toward mosques is on the rise, where “Christian values” are regularly used to oppose marriage rights, abortion rights, the science of climate change and evolution, subjugation of women’s rights, and so forth) welcoming a delegation from say, the government of Iran, here to assess religious freedom in America?


    Thank you for reading this, and God bless. And, by God, I of course mean a white, male, Christian God who mirrors my own set of personal beliefs in every way and not your God, who is not real.



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    • John Poole said...

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      Yeah! My white, male, SINGLE (except for a little bit of dipping his wick into a teenbopper while that teenybopper’s geezer husband wasn’t looking God, But more importantly- a lousy grandfather who was to blame for the murder of one of his grandsons.

      03/16/16 8:37 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      OK, you silent types. I’ll chip in with: that poor face of Mary. She went through all that labor for the savior and doesn’t even remember having sex with God. She must feel robbed since that would have obviously been some orgasm. OK, Peter you can flag me from this apparent Christian site.

      03/16/16 4:15 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      John Poole said…

      “OK, you silent types. I’ll chip in with:..”

      What? BLASPHEMY!!! BLASPHAMY!! Off with his head!!!…er..wait..that’s a different religion!! Crap. Ok..let’s burn him at the stake!! yeah..that works! I mean..after all…the punishment for speaking heresy has always been burnin at the steak..er..stake..haha..no pun intended.. yeah. thats it. You devil you. We’ll teach you who’s god is benevolent ….er..loving..er..wait.. umm ..something is causing my cognitive dissonance to kick in here. Damn. ok..nevermind..
      You just hold your tongue until I figure this out, ok? OK. Now…where were we..oh yea..

      Peter said…

      “Just exactly who do we think we are to have a taxpayer-paid U.S. government organization whose task it is to travel around the world going tsk-tsk at whether other countries, including India, the world’s most populous democracy, protect freedom of religion the way America believes it should be?”

      SheeeezusHchr…. er ..wait. goddammit…err.. crap. wait. ..
      Fuck. Yeah..that works. INDEED!!! Who the fuck do we think we are??? I’ll tell you who the fuck we are!

      WE’RE EXCEPTIONAL!! THAT’S WHO WE ARE!!!

      And don’t you forget it INDIA!! I mean..you’re lucky we’re not sending a thousand Drones over there to kick your ass!! Comprende?? Oh, and one other thing. The next time you raise your middle finger to Murika.. we just might have to NUKE your ass.. get my drift???? Now STFU and pay attention. Get your ass in gear and clear these visa’s ASAP before we get pissed.. know what I mean? OK then.
      Now, when our agents of God get there…you treat them with RESPECT!! You get me?? After all, our GOD is better than ANY OF YOUR GODS..even the one with 8 ARMS!!! I mean, our god can kick his ass with one arm tied behind his back!! So get with the program…or ELSE!!

      bartender..fuk.. give me something for rolling eye syndrome. ..you know.. like 200prf gasoline. sheezzus.

      03/17/16 6:11 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      Peter..thanks for this break. First time in a month Trump wasn’t burning my brain. Or Apple/FBI. Or Flint. Or Obama’s SCOTUS pick. Or Taylor Swifts dimwittery tweets. Or … fuk. I need a vacation. To Mars.

      03/17/16 6:21 AM | Comment Link

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