RSS leader Indresh Kumar on Monday gave a new twist to the Christmas Story and Biblical accounts of Jesus’ birth, saying Jesus was born in a Cow Shed and hence Christians must stop eating beef.
The mainline media while prominently reporting the leader’s speech forgot the gaffe made by Kumar, possibly due to ignorance on the subject.
Kumar in his speech also claimed that the phrase ‘Holy Cow’ stems from the fact that Jesus was born in a cowshed and hence according to the Bible cows are holy and must not be slaughtered.
The phrase ‘Holy Cow’ has nothing to do with Jesus’ birth or the Bible and probably originated somewhere in the early 19th century.
Biblical accounts state that Jesus was born in a stable and laid in a manger, as there was no place in the inn. The Biblical stable where Jesus was born is definitely NOT a cowshed and is basically where horses and mules were allowed to rest, while their owners rested for the night before continuing their journey onward the next morning.
According to a Christian website, Mary and Joseph came into town with Mary ready to deliver. Arriving at Joseph’s ancestral home town, they found it already full of other family members who had arrived earlier.
This possibly explains the “no room in the inn,” phrase.
While the exact reason space was not made for a pregnant woman is unknown, it probably indicates the house was full of elder members of Joseph’s family, who were given priority or possibly Mary and Joseph were way to late and others who had occupied the rooms in town were already asleep.
So that is when Mary and Joseph went to a barn or stable. The Biblical account mentions neither barn nor cave — it is assumed because of the manger. Mangers are animal feeding troughs, and barns are where one would expect to find them.
But in the ancient world, as well as in primitive modern cultures, mangers are also found within the house itself. Animals are regularly kept in homes at night.
According to the Indian Express, Kumar said crimes like mob lynching could stop if people stopped eating beef. He also emphasized on the role of ‘sanskar’ (values) for dealing with such problems.
“Mob lynching can’t be welcomed…if the practice of eating cow meat is stopped, many such crimes of the ‘Satan’ could be stopped,” he said.
His comments came days after a man was lynched on suspicion of cow smuggling in Rajasthan’s Alwar district.
“…it is true that not a single religion in the world approves killing of cows.
Be it Christianity, which talks of ‘Holy Cow’, because Jesus was born in a cowshed; or Islam, where killing cows is banned in Mecca and Madina (cities in western Saudi Arabia); or any other religion, killing a cow is not approved anywhere,” he said, reports the Indian Express.
“Law has to be there and the government must act, but society also needs the right ‘sanskar’ to deal with this problem,” he said.
Addressing a press meet in a hotel after inauguration of the office of the Jharkhand unit of Hindu Jagran Manch in Ranchi, Kumar told the media that many Muslim parties associated with the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, have already agreed to give up the demand for a mosque at Ayodhya, which was “Ram Janmasthan (birthplace of Lord Ram)”.
He also claimed that calling Hindus communal is fraught with the risk of labelling all religions in the world as communal.
His comments were later on endorsed by Union Minister Giriraj Singh who said Kumar knew what he was saying.