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October 15, 2012

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Column requires a few corrections

There were errors in columnist Ron Mott’s piece of Oct. 6.

In the piece headlined “Politics 101: Money Rules the Day,” Mott states that founders of major religions — Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha and Moses — rejected great wealth and preached against it.

Buddha, like the teachings of Hinduism (Buddhism arose as a reform movement in Hinduism), does not condemn the acquisition of wealth through ethical means; such acquisition of wealth is regarded as a legitimate goal of life in Hinduism. Hinduism has no founder, and perhaps for that reason, Mott ignores it. Hinduism teaches that it is not wealth, but the attachment to wealth, that is an obstacle to spiritual growth.

At the time of his death, Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, had a dozen wives. Is that possible without great wealth? Islam’s jihad theology calls on Muslims to fight Jihad wars against non-Muslims for acquiring wealth through war booty and through the collection of Jizya taxes imposed on defeated non-Muslims, as part of  Sharia (Islamic Law).

Mr. Mott’s statement needs revision.

— Ramachandra B. Abhyankar

Terre Haute

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