A Hindu cleric has called upon Marvel Entertainment to apologize for offending those of the Hindu faith after the release of an issue of the relaunched Uncanny X-Men comic book series, which declared it a false religion.Well at least he seems to acknowledge it's not just children who read the medium, though at the same time, not many read Marvel's books today, if at all, and a pity he's not acknowledging that fact.
Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism and interfaith ambassador of the Nevada Clergy Association, released a statement over the weekend in response to the latest issue of Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men, which saw the destruction of a number of religious temples and locales in an attempt to, as the character responsible puts it, “[cleanse] the world of its fake houses of worship and false prophets.” Among those destroyed is the Tree Padmanabhaswamy Hindu Temple in India.
In his statement, Zed said that it “was very hurtful to the Hindu community when a popular platform like Marvel labeled a sacred and highly revered Hindu temple as a fake house of worship,” adding that “comics publishers should be more sensitive while handling faith related subjects; as these being a powerful medium; left lasting impact on the unsuspecting minds of highly impressionable children, teens and other young people.”
But the story also attacks Christianity, and what's really annoying about this is that it's seemingly meant to serve as a moral equivalence for doing the same with Islam, proving they still lack courage to just focus on where it matters. As seen in the following panel:
I don't know if this suggests awful staffers like Sana Amanat are losing influence. But it's clear some moral equivalence did play a part here, and simultaneously, it's pretty clear Marvel still has no intention of writing serious stories dealing with Islamic terrorism, long after 9-11.