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Blasphemy Is Not A Crime

Amaterasu's Bind

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The Japanese Shinto goddess Amaterasu is famed for being the highest deity, quite literally because she is the goddess of the sun. A prominent legend about her is that one day she became frightened by her brother and hid within a cave, plunging the world into cold darkness and chaos. The other gods begin to plot how to entice her to leave the cave. Eventually, they have Amenouzume, the goddess of comedy, dance and perform outside of the cave, and hundreds of gods sing her praises, causing great envy in Amaterasu. When Amaterasu began to peak outside the cave to see if this goddess was more powerful than her, the other gods held up a mirror, tricking Amaterasu. When she emerged more fully, the gods yanked her out of the cave, bringing light back to the world. This mirror became one of Amaterasu's most important symbols and also a symbol of the Japanese imperial family, who claim direct lineage and divine legitimacy from the sun goddess herself. Here, Amaterasu has been bound in shibari, decorative Japanese rope bondage, to prevent her from returning to the cave and plunging the world into darkness again.


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Love Knows No Borders

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Hindu-nationalist militants, often referred to as "Hindutva goons," are well known for their organized street violence and penchant for threatening Muslims and their female family members with sexual violence. However, it doesn't have to be this way; there is nothing inherent to these groups of people that entails hatred towards the other.

Meeting of Two Souls

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“Love is a meeting of two souls, fully accepting the dark and the light within each other, bound by the courage to grow through struggle into bliss.”

― Jackson Kiddard

Lady Fatima al-Zahra Submits to Lord Krishna

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India has a fraught relationship with the religions that came as colonizing forces alongside its invasion by imperialist powers. The Abrahamic religions of Christianity and Islam have left an indelible mark on the subcontinent, which is still felt today. Unfortunately, this painful historical legacy has influenced the supporters of Hindu nationalism to engage in contemporary persecution of Indian Christians and Muslims in an ill-guided attempt to right a historical grievance. Perhaps if they could see how the respected daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, Lady Fatima al-Zahra recognizes Lord Krishna's legitimacy as a true deity of India and how much she enjoys willingly submitting to him, they wouldn't feel the need to abuse religious minorities among their community as an expression of their insecurity and inferiority complex.

Female Mullah

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"Mullah" is an honorific title commonly granted to Shia and Sunni Muslim leaders and typically denotes someone trained in Islamic scholarship and law. Many mullahs claim Islam is not anti-woman, but perhaps if this were indeed the case, we would see more women among their ranks.

Love Beyond Borders

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Hindu-nationalist militants, often referred to as "Hindutva goons," are well known for their organized street violence and penchant for threatening Muslims and their female family members with sexual violence. However, it doesn't have to be this way; there is nothing inherent to these groups of people that entails hatred towards the other.

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