Monday, December 21, 2009

Baseless India Bashing in Pew's Latest "Report" (Push Polling for Jesus, Part Two)

From the new Pew Forum Report on "Global Restrictions of Religious Freedom":
As the chart on page 28 shows, nearly all of the 50 most populous countries that are high on both measures of restrictions (upper right) are in Asia or the Middle East-North Africa region. Many of the restrictions in these countries are driven by groups pressing for the enshrinement of their interpretation of the majority faith, including through Shariah law in Muslim societies and through the Hindutva movement in India, which seeks to define India as a Hindu nation. (Additional examples of restrictions on religion in India can be found on page 45 of the Methodology.)
[p. 27]
If one goes to the "examples" listed on p. 45 of the report, they are just a regurgitation of propaganda taken directly from the so-called "US Commission on International Religious Freedom", which is nothing more than an advocacy group for western based evangelical missionaries. The Chairperson of the "Commisssion" is a high-ranking officer of the right-wing Federalist Society, and one of the Vice Chairs is a high ranking officer of a right-wing think tank that also includes Rick Santorum and Stanley Kurtz. Other members of the "Commission" include an officer of the Hudson Institute (the "think tank" that pays Dan Quayle for his "thoughts"), and an officer of the Southern Baptist Convention (a denomination that has the distinction of having been formed precisely and explicitly in order to promote and support the institution of human slavery).

Here is more information on the "Commission":
Who the Heck is the US Commission on International Religious Freedom?

The Pew Report also offers zero evidence to support it's misinformed mischaracterization of "Hindutva".

Andrew Kohut is the president of the Pew Research Center. He learned his trade working for the folks at Gallup, where he started out in the 1960's, and rose to be president of The Gallup Organization from 1979 to 1989. See this link to learn more about what Andrew Kohut learned at Gallup:
How Gallup and Pew Proselytize in the Name of "Research" (Push Polling For "God", Part One)

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