As an Indian (East) myself, I realize my experience with Indians in this country seems to have been limited. While I would not say most of my friends and acquaintances are quite as rabidly leftist as I am, they are uniformly liberal and probably Democrats, even the ones higher up the corporate ladder, which seems to breed Republicanism.
So it is with a sense of wonder and dismay that I note the ascent of one of my peeps, Bobby Jindal, to a potential running mate for the presumptive (lovely word) Republican nominee, John McCain. And you thought Cheney was as bad as it gets.
The 36-year old Jindal's views and attitude might not get him elected dog-catcher in my previous home-state, California, or maybe here, in New York. However, Louisianans take a broader and, I might say, less critical view of their politicians and have seen fit to elect him their governor.
Born a Hindu, he converted to Catholicism in high school. Nothing wrong with that, you may say. A person's faith should not be held against him. But in the context of the attacks against Obama's preacher (who no doubt will figure prominently in the fall campaign,) I say it's fair to examine Jindal's views.
And what a conservative Christian he's turned out to be. Anti-abortion for any reason. Wants (un)Intelligent Design taught in schools. Fawned over by the NRA. In other words, he's completely the opposite of my limited circle of Indians, immigrant or otherwise.
But this story is the pièce de résistance; he's actually witnessed a demon exorcism (though apparently it's technically not an exorcism according to ecclesiastical law because a priest was not present.) Full description in an article in the New Oxford Review from 1994. [also see Daily Kingfish]
Regarding Susan (with whom he may have been involved,) an unfortunate cancer victim who's been acting "strangely" and has "sulfuric smells" in her dorm room, and whose friends and family are holding a prayer meeting-cum-intervention for her [emphasis added:]
Maybe she [Susan] sensed our weariness; whether by plan or coincidence, Susan chose the perfect opportunity to attempt an escape. She suddenly leapt up and ran for the door, despite the many hands holding her down. This burst of action served to revive the tired group of students and they soon had her restrained once again, this time half kneeling and half standing.
It appeared as if we were observing a tremendous battle between the Susan we knew and loved and some strange evil force. But the momentum had shifted and we now sensed that victory was at hand. felt some type of physical force distracting me...as if something was pushing down on my chest, making it very hard for me to breathe...
While Alice and Louise held Susan, her sister continued holding the Bible to her face. Almost taunting the evil spirit that had almost beaten us minutes before, the students dared Susan to read biblical passages. She choked on certain passages and could not finish the sentence "Jesus is Lord." Over and over, she repeated "Jesus is L..L..LL," often ending in profanities.
I began to think that the demon would only attack me if I tried to pray or fight back; thus, I resigned myself to leaving it alone...
Cheney is sometimes considered a devil. Our next Vice President might only have battled with one.
What do you think Jon Stewart would make of this?