Friday, January 17, 2014

‘Vegetarians are rapists’

The US State Department should stop posting diplomats to India who are more interested in denigrating the country than building ties. The American diplomat and his wife who were expelled in tit-for-tat action last week in the Devyani Khobragade case were clearly racist.

Wayne May, who headed the US embassy's security team in New Delhi, and his wife Alicia Muller May, who worked as the embassy's community liaison officer, posted several unflattering comments about India on Facebook.

In their three years in India, the couple let their dislike for the country they served in run freely on Facebook. May’s wife Alicia joined a discussion over an article that claims non-vegetarians are more inclined to commit violence and sexual crimes to say, "It's the vegetarians that are doing the raping, not the meat eaters — this place is just so bizarre."

When another friend said that he had never raped anyone, Alicia wrote, "Applies only to Indians, not westerners!"


Hmmmm... I am very pro-Indian but I don't think that comment was racist.  Most Indians are vegetarians.  If you have ever seen an Indian meat market you might understand why.

And India does have some rapists  -- mostly very low caste.  And low caste people could not afford meat anyway.


Anonymous said...

Undiplomatic diplomats - and Facebook dunces to boot!

stinky said...

Vegetarianism does cause several undesirable changes (e.g. shrinkage) in the brain, but to tar all veggies w/the same brush bespeaks of someone who prefers to condemn rather than understand.

Anyway, from the link:

Scientists at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, recently discovered that changing to a vegetarian diet could be bad for our brains — with those on a meat-free diet six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage.[18]

Using tests and brain scans on community-dwelling volunteers aged 61 to 87 years without cognitive impairment at enrolment, they measured the size of the participants' brains. When the volunteers were retested five years later the scientists found those with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 intake were the most likely to have brain shrinkage. Not surprisingly, vegans who eschew all foods of animal origin, suffered the most brain shrinkage. This confirms earlier research showing a link between brain atrophy and low levels of B12.

Vegans are the most likely to be deficient because the best sources of the vitamin are meat, particularly liver, milk and fish.

There were two other worrying aspects to this trial. The first was at the start of the trial, the biggest brain in a vegan, at 1455 ml, was already smaller than smallest brain of someone on a ‘normal diet’, at 1456 ml.

The other aspect was even more worrying. It was that all participants had Vit B-12 which was within the 'normal' range. This suggests that the normal range is too low - and by quite large margin. I understand that, based on this study, the Japanese have raised their normal level.

Anonymous said...

The rape "problem" they have in india is based upon culture, and not all india has the same culture. It would be like saying all Americans are the same because of the conduct of those in Detroit.

Dean said...

4:37s AM - thumbs up. It's amazing how supposedly intelligent people assume what is put on Facebook can be seen by only a select few people.

And not only is she undiplomatic, her statement linking vegetarianism with rape definitely calls her IQ into question.

Hmmmm. Perhaps we can better understand her knowledge of how Facebook works.