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Indian School Textbook Says Meat-Eaters Lie and Commit Sex Crimes 409

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another random user writes with bad news from the BBC for anybody who enjoys a hamburger now and again: "Meat-eaters 'easily cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes,' according to a controversial school textbook available in India. New Healthway, a book on hygiene and health aimed at 11 and 12 year-olds, is printed by one of India's leading publishers. 'This is poisonous for children,' Janaki Rajan of the Faculty of Education at Jamia Millia University in Delhi told the BBC. 'The government has the power to take action, but they are washing their hands of it,' she said. 'The strongest argument that meat is not essential food is the fact that the Creator of this Universe did not include meat in the original diet for Adam and Eve. He gave them fruits, nuts and vegetables,' reads a chapter entitled Do We Need Flesh Food? The chapter details the 'benefits' of a vegetarian diet and goes on to list 'some of the characteristics' found among non-vegetarians. 'They easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes,' it says."
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Indian School Textbook Says Meat-Eaters Lie and Commit Sex Crimes

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  • PETA agrees! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Spy Handler (822350) on Friday November 16, 2012 @07:15PM (#42007541) Homepage Journal

    except for the God and Adam and Eve part.. they don't believe in that shit

    • by msauve (701917) on Friday November 16, 2012 @07:25PM (#42007695)

      'They easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes,' it says.

      That was supposed to go in the section on politicians.

      • by Taco Cowboy (5327) on Friday November 16, 2012 @11:05PM (#42009485) Journal

        'They easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes,' it says.

        That was supposed to go in the section on politicians.

        .... and used car salesmen
         
        But seriously, this "textbook" must have been written by a meat eater - or else how can it be filled with such vicious lies?

    • Neither do most Indians, oddly enough.

    • by sortius_nod (1080919) on Friday November 16, 2012 @07:38PM (#42007859) Homepage

      Really, am I going to have to be the one who Godwins this article?

      Hitler regarded himself as a vegetarian...

      • by Darinbob (1142669)

        But did he use bad words and commit sex crimes?

        • Didn't he try to sleep with a cousin, and didn't she die under suspicious circumstances?

          "Bad words" I'm less sure of. I don't speak German, and translators tend to sanitize speeches and stuff when translating to English. If they didn't censor out the potty words, we might learn some new ways of telling people to go get fucked, or worse.

      • by dasunt (249686)

        Hitler regarded himself as a vegetarian...

        Although according to his cook, he liked squab. So that's like being a vegetarian who eats fish and chicken.

        I will point out that strictly by the numbers, it's likely more meat eaters commit cheat, lie, break promises, and commit sex crimes. Of course, strictly by the numbers, the population of meat eaters is greater than that of vegetarians, but why not have fun with misleading statistics? ;)

    • by Shavano (2541114)

      Wait, didn't Eve get in trouble for eating a fruit?

  • by MrEricSir (398214) on Friday November 16, 2012 @07:16PM (#42007553) Homepage

    Next time an American school demands their textbooks "teach the controversy" of intelligent design or some other bullshit, we should show them this Indian textbook as an example of how doctoring our textbooks is making us look to the rest of the world.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      How about the Virgina textbooks where blacks get to score less and still pass and Asians have to score higher to pass. Or college entrances were being an unqualified minority gets you in over a qualified white so that we waste money on people who shouldn't be there paid for by people who were denied access and should have been there.

      I think US public education has already surpassed anything another country can do.

    • Next time an American school demands their textbooks "teach the controversy" of intelligent design or some other bullshit, we should show them this Indian textbook as an example of how doctoring our textbooks is making us look to the rest of the world.

      But...but....creationism is just a lie. Where as, technically its true that meat eaters most certainly do lie, cheat and commit sex crimes, but so do vegetarians.
      Just not all of them.

  • by TheDarkMaster (1292526) on Friday November 16, 2012 @07:19PM (#42007613)
    In a country where meat is more or less luxury, is convenient to make the people believe that meat is bad.
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      As an Indian, living there - I can tell you in India, the lower and poor people are the ones who eat meat - there's no big demand for it, and, thus, the prices are below what vegetables cost!

      • ...thus, the prices are below what vegetables cost!

        Aren't the prices for EVERYTHING below what they cost in India? Its a little like Europe's Mexico as far as I can tell.

      • by tonyx12 (926628)
        well this inst true, chicken, and most fish cost almost as much as in the US averaging $1-$2 a pound. Processed meat like bacon, sausages, ham which I ate a lot of....twice or thrice that much, due to a lack of quality Factories & workers for these
    • by Slugster (635830)
      In another chapter, the same book says that "Flush toilet users easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes". ;)
  • by gestalt_n_pepper (991155) on Friday November 16, 2012 @07:24PM (#42007685)

    and don't even get me started on Breatharians.....

    • I had always heard that engaging in non-Breatharian activity was a form of sexual deviancy.

      Of course, having held my breath now for several minutes, I speech measure you I that feeeeeel greaaaaaat annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnddddddddddddddddddddd

  • just wait for help desk India to come to the meat packing plat.

  • by Ralph Spoilsport (673134) on Friday November 16, 2012 @07:28PM (#42007739) Journal
    I want to touch you - you're leading me on - I know it.
    • Dang. I eat meat at almost evey meal. Now I know that I've been missing out on something besides dessert.

      Cheers,
      Dave

  • Since when do Christians, Jews or Muslims abstain from meat? Or teach that meat makes you wicked? Hindus and Buddhists don't believe in Adam & Eve. I'd really like to know who is backing this textbook.
    • by CRCulver (715279)

      Since when do Christians, Jews or Muslims abstain from meat? Or teach that meat makes you wicked?

      Until fairly recently, fasting rules for Christians in the East and West had them abstaining from meat and dairy for about half the year altogether. Western Christians have mainly lost that tradition, but the East maintains it in principle. And monastics (at least in the East) don't ever eat meat at all, pointing to patristic literature that credits meat with stirring up passions. While it is true that historic

    • by CRCulver (715279)
      And as an addendum to my last post, I should mention that Christianity that came to the Subcontinent early on took on many Hindu customs, such as the caste system. I wouldn't be surprised if there were restrictions against meat-eating among some of the Syrians there.
    • by jrumney (197329)

      Since when do Christians, Jews or Muslims abstain from meat?

      Since they were converted within a culture that promotes vegetarianism, and formed their own denominations that combined the worst of their traditional customs with the worst of Christianity. You could just as well go to parts of Africa and ask since when do Christians practice female circumcision, its a pattern you see among indiginous populations around the world where missionaries have gone and done "Gods work".

  • What has ever caused more human suffering than religion?

  • since this is in india, they probably mean "muslims"

    • by Mashiki (184564)

      Sorry the proper and politically correct term would be "asian" like what's used in europe.

  • Non-veg (Score:4, Interesting)

    by gQuigs (913879) on Friday November 16, 2012 @07:37PM (#42007855) Homepage

    I was about to go on a rant about how they wouldn't even be called meat eaters in India. But it's right there in the summary. Non-vegetarians.
    Meat is usually called non-veg in India or at least the small parts of it that I have lived in.

  • ... the textbook was written by a meat eater.
  • Textbook writers easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes.

    Bad textbook writers.

  • "another random user writes with bad news from the BBC for anybody who enjoys a hamburger now and again:" Read "McDonald's opens vegetarian-only restaurant" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19479013) and be enlightened! Seriously, the vegetarians that get "preachy" against the evils of meat-eating are either zealots or the culinary equivalent of ex-smokers. Many people would probably class me as a vegetarian, even if I eat eggs and cheese. I also don't mind eating bacan-flavored junk food. It's simply
  • Because it means that the US hasn't cornered the market on stupidity, or even the market slice of telling lies in school textbooks.

  • by Kaz Kylheku (1484) on Friday November 16, 2012 @08:13PM (#42008235) Homepage

    Who else would lie like that?

  • ...oh never mind.

    • And if you look into it this is a muslim textbook (comment above points that out). So we can deduce that Meat Eaters lie and commit sex crimes, and that Vegetarians hate Jews..... I'll stick to meat, sex and lies.

  • by srobert (4099) on Friday November 16, 2012 @08:29PM (#42008365)

    ... is my hamburger.

  • "This is poisonous for children," Janaki Rajan of the Faculty of Education at Jamia Millia University in Delhi told the BBC.

    "The government has the power to take action, but they are washing their hands of it," she said.

    And that's the appropriate solution. Instead of getting upset that there's an offensive book out there, the activists should be using this as an opportunity to find out where the nutcases are in their educational system. It's bigotry bait.

  • Given some of the dumb educational related 'ideas' coming out of the midwest US, I read that as 'Indiana'...
  • by Required Snark (1702878) on Friday November 16, 2012 @09:39PM (#42008999)
    Most of the comment assume that this is a slam against the West/USA. Remember that from a emerging global power prospective, China and India are vying for dominance. This is also a regional conflict.

    Although there is no lack of vegetarians in China, pork, chicken, and seafood are all basic traditional parts of their cuisine. If a textbook is going to denigrate a rival by saying

    'They easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, they are dishonest and tell bad words, steal, fight and turn to violence and commit sex crimes,'

    This could be as much or more about China, as opposed to the rest of the world.

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