So when the statue of Shiva was erected in front of CERN, it made me wonder why. The "official" story was that it was a gift of India, to honor the Indian scientists who worked there.
But were they using Shiva as a secular symbol, i.e. as a destroyer or worlds, or Shiva, the symbol of the dance of the universe? Since there are a million Hindus in the world, one suspects at least a few of them would consider this a holy statue of an actual deity, making one wonder why Shiva and not a Christian religious symbol was erected.
But in secular Europe, who knows.
So the latest is that a bunch of guys conducted and had themselves filmed making a fake human sacrifice in front of the statue to put it on youtube.
Were they outsiders? if so, it means a huge breach of security.
or was it a joke, as the spokesperson in CERN insists.
if so, as IndiaToday notes:
Staged or not, work of fiction or not, such a ritual being conducted at a place that is considered to be driven only by science, is spine-chilling to say the least.
Is anyone in India upset at this blasphemy against one of the gods?
Of course, it's not much better in the US: It says a lot that you can hold a black mass that ridicules the beliefs of two billion Christians, and desecrate a statue of Mary, a woman beloved of three major world religions (Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Islam) in the US, and when you object, be told it is legal. So locals could only protest with a prayer meeting....
and now they are essentially holding the equivalent of a black mass in front of Shiva. What, no protests? There are a billion Hindus in today' world. How dare they mock their beliefs.
One wishes the secular authorities would take these things seriously.
On a secular level, all these things are hate speech against those who believe.
Ah, but if there is a supernatural aspect of life, then this goes beyond ridicule: even if it is a "joke" or a "publicity stunt", it is still essentially welcoming the diabolic into one's life.
I would get someone to exorcize the whole place, but never mind.
at least, they should hold mandatory sessions against hate speech for their employees.