Let’s see if we got this straight. A columnist for the Tennessean, Saritha Prabhu, who declares she is not a Christian and who appears to at least come from a Hindu upbringing, finds it necessary and useful to pass judgement on a pro-Christian movie declaring it appalling and narrow-minded. RTP is tired of the Tennessean’s ruse of using people from other cultures to pass judgment on the tenets of Western Civilization. Sort of like asking Tennessee fans to give an objective assessment of Rupp Arena as a place to play basketball (“Oh, we just love going there. The fans are so nice and accomodating. Not rude, arrogant or obnoxious at all. They are so-o-o appreciative when the Vols make a good shot!”). You ever hear someone say that? Yeah, neither have we.
Ms. Prabhu says “I’m not a Christian, but that is not why I was appalled. I think thoughtful Christians would be troubled by this movie, too.” Okay Ms. Prabhu, none of us here at RTP are Hindu, so that clearly makes us qualified to tell you what “thoughtful Hindi” should think about the latest offering from Bollywood. Diversity cuts both ways, unless you work for the Tennessean.
Prabhu makes a thinly veiled attempt to discredit the movie’s central premise that Christians are being singled out for ridicule and persecution on college campuses these days. Oh sure, she makes the obligatory “some of my best friends are Christians” references, but hiding behind the predictable liberal canards of “tolerance” and “understanding” Prabhu runs into so many trees that she misses the obvious forest.
Believe us, Saritha, things have changed dramatically since you went to Stella Maris College in Madras. Been on a U.S. college campus recently? Did you dress, act or talk like a Christian? Did you enter into a discussion with your typicaly left-wing professor about the merits of your religious beliefs? If you had, you would realize the premise of the movie is all too real. Two of RTP’s contributors currently have children in public universities in Tennessee. One student told RTP the quickest way to become a pariah to classmates is to even mention your faith. We are not talking proselytizing or thumping bible versus in people’s faces. Just entering into a debate or discussion as a Christian is a dangerous and sure-fire way to receive a lousy grade from the “enlightened and tolerant” faculty members.
Hiding your Christian faith is right up there these days with demands by campus liberals telling classmates to “Check your privilege.” Look up the term, Saritha, and get back to us. It has to do with being made to feel defensive and guilty about your beliefs and upbringing as well as your race and culture. You can probably relate to that, right?
We so look forward to the Tennessean offering equal time and billing to opposing opinions. Can’t wait to see the column by some snake-handlin’ preacher opining on the vagaries of Ms. Prabhu’s religious beliefs and cultural heritage. Ms. Prabhu would likely not appreciate that. And neither would we.