No place here for for Hindu Lord Hanuman

No place here for for Hindu Lord Hanuman

The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office has denied a request from the Universal Society of Hinduism to place a privately funded Hindu statue of Lord Hanuman on Capitol grounds.

According to this report, The Hindu society and a number of other organisations have been pushing for the erection of their their own monuments on the Capitol grounds ever since the Arkansas General Assembly passed a law this year to erect a Ten Commandments statue.


The Hindu society released a statement on Friday saying it was now considering sending its request to Governor Asa Hutchinson, above, who signed the Ten Commandments statue law in April. The bill he signed opened with this monumental tosh:

The Ten Commandments represent a philosophy of government held by many of the founders of this nation and by many Arkansans and other Americans today, that God has ordained civil government and has delegated limited authority to civil government, that God has limited the authority of civil government, and that God has endowed people with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The society’s president, Rajan Zed, said that the group had asked in an August 6 letter to place a privately-funded statue of the Lord Hanuman outside the Capitol.

Zed said in a statement

If permitted, we planned to make it big and weatherproof. Besides honoring the Arkansas Hindus, this statue would raise awareness of Arkansans about Hinduism, oldest and third-largest religion of the world with about one billion adherents and a rich philosophical thought.

A rejection letter, dated August 17 told the group to either apply through the General Assembly for permission or to submit an application to the Arkansas State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission, which has jurisdiction over such requests.

Kelly Boyd, the Chief Deputy Secretary of State, wrote in the letter that the office was involved in the process for the Ten Commandments statue only because the legislature had mandated its placement on the property.

A spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, Chris Powell, said the Universal Society of Hinduism was the only group that had sent a formal proposal for a statue. He said that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had also submitted an idea, but that it violated state policies.

That was for a banner they wanted to hang across the front of the Capitol that would have said, ‘Give peas a chance’. I don’t know if we answered that request, but in the picture it would have taken up half of the columns. It violated our display policy.

During the debate over the Ten Commandments statue legislation, supporters argued that it was not a religious monument, but instead highlighted the historic importance of the commandments as a legal document.

11 responses to “No place here for for Hindu Lord Hanuman”

  1. Newspaniard says:

    Since when has the babble been a “legal” document in the good ol’ USA? I thought separation of state from religion was a constitutional requirement.

  2. Broga says:

    I’m all for Lord Hanuman. He looks like the kind of god you wouldn’t mess with. And lets have all the other gods up as well: the ancient Greek gods and the Norse gods. Shove in a Buddha although he may not make the cut as he isn’t a god.

    We will have a god making industry. But no Mohammed or his god as they kill people who portray what is supposed to be them.

    Religious disputes become sillier and more a waste of time every day.

  3. Smokey says:

    Lord Hanuman’s erection would be a sight to behold.

  4. Vanity Unfair says:

    This is really a false comparison. The Universal Society of Hinduism should be pressing for a monumental inscription of the Dharmashastra (various spellings available) as a complement to the Hebrew commandments. Any other religion with a divine code would be free to have theirs alongside until the Capitol ran out of grounds.
    Incidentally, why did the Arkansas State Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission stop at ten commandments when there are more than 600 others in the Pentateuch? Arkansans should be made aware of all the other laws they might have the pleasure of breaking.
    As for Hanuman, the Monkey God, as a statue, well, Arkansas is next door to Tennessee and memories seem to be long around there.
    “Religious disputes become sillier and more a waste of time every day.” Well said, Broga.

  5. Rob Andrews says:

    Yeah! That would be awesome. I mean only to piss-off the Christians. Let them know there are other beliefs besides their own–even in the bible belt.I didn’t even know that there were many Hindus in AK.

    “The fact that there’s a ‘stairway to heaven’ and a ‘highway to hell’, says a lot about the anticipated traffic load”.–

  6. asquith says:

    Now watch some fundagelical teabagger attack them for being “Muslims” tho

  7. Cali Ron says:

    @Rob Andrews: Nice quote. Who’d choose a staircase over a highway anyway?

    @Broga: Agreed. Religiots exaggerated sense of self importance and complete lack of self awareness frequently results in hilariously stupid behavior-like the ten commandments display. Unfortunately, it also frequently results in offensive and violent behavior-like Westboro church, the Brethren (that one’s for barriejohn) and the Branch Davidians.

    I’d like to know which founding fathers believed that god ordained, delegated and limited civil government since most of them were deists, not christians and don’t believe in the bible as the word of god. It never ceases to amaze me at the BS that christians like to attribute to the founding fathers. Facts? They just make it up as they go, reality be damned. Just like all the other religions.

  8. dennis says:

    yes, well said Borga. or ” what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”

  9. 1859 says:

    Yes it should be erected along with all the others god and goddesses out there. In the end I guess there wouldn’t be room left to piss in – the entire State Capitol of Arkansas a Jurassic Park of extinct gods. It might just sow the seeds of doubt and make people see that religious belief is a very arbitrary thing.

  10. Laura Roberts says:

    @asquith: absolutely right. It’s only a matter of time.

    I’d have to guess that the Hindus are doing this for the same reason the Satanic Temple did it in Oklahoma: to force the issue to district courts. Hopefully it will get to the courts and hopefully the childish ten commandments monument will have to be moved.