I have not signed your protest list against East Coast Radio because I do not believe in giving credence to ignorance. The pastor who vilified the Hindu religion has probably done so on the usual grounds of polytheism and pagan rituals. If he is Indian he probably feels ashamed, probably fears that he could be connected to polytheism and pagan rituals and needs to distance himself from Hindus. His attitude is not to be taken seriously. Hindus should be amused by his ignorance.
In the Hindu religion enlightenment (knowledge) is key. Ignorance is darkness, knowledge is light and everything in Hinduism strives towards enlightenment. Hinduism recognises that we live in a karmic world, that is, a world in which we do not have complete understanding of our circumstances so we strive constantly towards understanding. Those who do not seek understanding, as this pastor does not, cannot achieve enlightenment. He needs to understand but his prejudice against the religion will keep him in ignorance. His ignorance is no reflection on the Hindu religion it is merely a reflection on himself and a lack of understanding of the sophistication of Hindu philosophy.
Hinduism, which calls god, Sanatana Dharma, the Eternal Law, does not posit an anthropomorphic conception of God as most other religions do. Consequently, god in the Hindu religion is not made in the image of man. Unfortunately, human beings have need of physical representation of god so Hinduism which does not have a monotheistic father figure as god, has a proliferation of icons which have become deities to those who cannot relate to the abstraction of Sanatana Dharma or the Eternal Unconscious.
By the way, I am an atheist.
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