"One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” (Revelation 17:1-2)
Hey, what if evil is closer to home than you think? This painting by Dasha Biggs is called "The Whore of Babylon". With her lady liberty headgear I'm sure you can figure out what he is suggesting.
I cannot help remembering the words of Jesus: “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Surely there is a better way than this.
I have a huge amount of respect for Ghandi, and I imagine many of you reading this have too. But as I have come to understand Hinduism in more depth I have come to realise that Ghandi was not, and is not, universally representative of Hindu ethics.
There is an ethical spectrum in Hinduism that is not dissimilar from other religions.
This is something noted up front by Anantanand Rambachan in "The Co-Existence of Violence and Non-Violence in Hinduism," an essay on religion and politics in India. Moreover, he notes, "The Mahabharata war is referred to, in the Bhagavadgita, as a dharma yuddha. A dharma yuddha is a war fought in defence of justice and righteousness and for the security and well being of the community (lokasamgraha)."
So it is clear that, not only can Hindus claim scriptural justification for violence under certain circumstances, but they have their own equivalent to the just war concept. I wouldn't be surprised if this raises some questions for some of you.