Imagine If There Were No Religion. . .
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...
- John Lennon's "Imagine"
Top Bollywood actor Aamir Khan says he understands why his wife wants to leave India. The actor spoke on Monday against what he described as a rising tide of religious intolerance in India, saying he understood why his wife would want to leave the country, the Hindu reported.
“She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day,” Khan said in remarks at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards in New Delhi. “You feel why this is happening, you feel low. That sense does exist in me.”
The actor referred to the lynching in late September of a 50-year-old Muslim man in a village near New Delhi, carried out by a mob enraged by rumors that the man had butchered a cow and stored beef at his home. (Cows are considered sacred animals by Hindus.)
The back story: A prominent Indian politician, Manohar Lal Khattar, would later apologize for remarking in an interview with the Indian Express that “Muslims can continue to live in this country, but they will have to give up eating beef … The cow is an article of faith here.”
Well, no shi**. Donald Trump hears you, Aamir Khan. The Republican frontrunner wants to create a registry for all Muslims, surveil mosques and bring back water boarding.
So, if you're thinking of leaving India and moving to the U.S. Aamir Khan: BEWARE.
On ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” the Republican frontrunner called for surveillance of U.S. mosques and the creation of a database of Syrian refugees in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris. And Trump would not rule out creating a registry for all Muslims.
“Are you unequivocally now ruling out a database on all Muslims?” asked Stephanopoulos.
“No, not at all,” Trump said before reiterating his plan for a database to track Syrian refugees accepted into the United States.
“We have no idea who these people are,” Trump said. “When the Syrian refugees are going to start pouring into this country, we don’t know if they’re ISIS, we don’t know if it’s a Trojan horse. And I definitely want a database and other checks and balances. We want to go with watch lists. We want to go with databases.”
What has the world come to these days? On a drive home from school, my daughter reflected that the world today might be a much better place without religion in it.
"Really?" I asked, mystified. Because, religion has been the cornerstone of all the years I've lived. I may not be traditionally religious but I have witnessed enough miracles in my life to believe in the Higher Power.
And yet as reports surface that the attacker at the Bataclan concert hall, where the California group Eagles of Death metal was playing at the time, shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) and fired into an innocent crowd killing hundreds, it makes you doubt the presence of God.
Or, make you recall the words of John Lennon's iconic anthem: "Imagine."