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Varanasi Priests Show The Power Of Religion

Let us speak of the power of faith.

This week, in the city of Varanasi, India, two Hindu priests met on the street and got into an argument about who had the most followers. They soon started yelling at each other. Then, one of them pulled out a gun and shot the other one dead, and for good measure, killed another priest who showed up on the scene.

I’ll send 50 dollars to the first person who finds this story printed in the “Religion” section of their local newspaper, instead of the usual fluff about how religion brings people together and inspires them to higher moral action.

5 thoughts on “Varanasi Priests Show The Power Of Religion”

  1. DrRGP says:

    Good grief. Please see Emile Durkheim’s classic, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life (1912), for an analysis of the typical social functions of religion (for those united into [the same] “moral community”) –none of which, of course, entirely rules out internecine conflict, both between moral communities, and, far less often, within a moral community. The example in the present story is statistically atypical, something of an anomaly, if you will.

    1. J Clifford says:

      Right. Large scale religious wars are much more typical.

      1. Jim Cook says:

        Or inquisitions. Don’t forget the inquisitions.

  2. flutie says:

    Child molestations. Much more typical of priests.

  3. Marīci says:

    I would like to know how many Yajamans (clients) will Gyanchand Pandey (the shooting priest) have now…

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