The Monkey God and the Mad Philosopher

In case you thought this weekly addition to my blog was somehow sectarian or non-ecumenical let it be known that I endeavor to make fun of all fundamentalists no matter the basis of their belief.

Without further adieu let us wax merciless upon the fundamentalist idiocy of Hinduism. And no, this isn't a BJP smack down or a treatise on the idiocy surrounding the Gujarat Riots or the Ghodra Train Burning, both of which are probably more apropos but less ridiculous and less timely than the subject we will examine today.

Hanuman, the popular god known for his strength and valor, has been named official chairman of the recently opened Sardar Bhagat Singh College of Technology and Management in northern India, a school official said Saturday.

The position comes with an incense-filled office, a desk and a laptop computer. Four chairs will be placed facing the empty seat reserved for the chairman and all visitors must enter the office barefoot, said Vivek Kangdi, the school's vice chairman.

"It is our belief that any job that has the blessings of Lord Hanuman is bound to be a success," said Kangdi.

from CNN

Nothing more needs to be said...I simply rest my case. This is the perfect example of the idiocy of fundamentalist religion. Do they really believe that Hanuman is the head of this college? Probably. Do they realize that this just means that the second in command is the de facto head? I hope so but I'm not holding my breath.

On a side note this reminded me of a story I read once in my youth about a man who's mummified head was transported into college meetings per his last will and testament. Turns out this was Jeremy Bentham, pictured to the right, noted philosopher and accentric who's Auto-icon is displayed at his Alma mater, University College London. (His head, mummified in the manner of the Maori heads of old, no longer resides within the case but in a nearby box. The doctor who did the mummification messed up so, as if the story couldn't get more bizzare and gruesome, a wax head was put on his dressed skeleton and the mummified head was placed at his feet.)

Legend goes that he is wheeled into the meetings of the College Council and recorded in the minutes as "present but not voting". Other rumors state that when the council ties on a motion the Auto-icon always votes yes. His head was reportedly removed after one too many students stole it and offered it for ransom. None of these rumors are particularly verifiable but it appears that Bentham's body may have attended at least two meetings at the centennial and sesquicentennial of the college.

So, there you have it, both sides of the wacky spectrum represented in one post. For the price of one you get religious whackjobs promoting a monkey to head their college, and a left wing atheist nutjob playing a last trick on his college with his very own corpse. I hope you had fun!