American exceptionalism. Our self-imagined elite betters recoil at the very idea. Cultural relativism is more their cup of tea, the idea that not only is America no better than any other nation or culture, Americans particularly have no business judging the cultures of others. Barack Obama embodied this, as The Washington Post reported:
Obama has since his first days in the White House seemed to be searching for an American exceptionalism that felt true to his life experience. As a new president, he dismissed the very idea, noting that Greeks and the Brits think their countries are special, too.
Let us then, gentle readers, continue our politically correct cultural education and visit another culture, much older than ours, as The Hundustani Times reports:
Police have booked eight men in a village in Haryana’s Mewat district for raping a goat Wednesday night. The seven-year-old goat was pregnant and died a day after the assault, police said.
Police said the accused are locals and alleged history-sheeters. Three of them were beaten up by villagers in Maroda village about 73 kilometres south of Gurugram after the owner of the goat caught them in the act.
Police have registered a case under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, woman or animal’ and under the Animal Cruelty Act at Nagina police station in Nuh, earlier known as Mewat. The police are yet to make any arrests but say that the accused would be nabbed soon.
Well, at least gang-raping a pregnant goat is a crime. That’s something.
The owner, Aslup Khan, said his goat went missing from its shed, located adjacent to his house, on Wednesday night after which he and other villagers started looking for it. ‘It was around 11pm when I heard some noise and went out. The gate of the shed was open. I panicked and raised an alarm, as four of my goats had been stolen in the past and this was the only one left. While we were looking around, we found three men sexually assaulting my goat,’ said 27-year-old Khan, a truck driver.
Khan said they caught hold of them and beat them up, but were let off later as they were in an inebriated state and were regular offenders. He further said that the three men told them about five others who had allegedly raped the goat that night. Bhasin said the three men have a criminal record and were jailed in the past for allegedly stealing motorcycles and cattle.
“Regular offenders?” The people of non-exceptional cultures like America don’t like even thinking about the nature of such “regular” offenses.
My goat was injured and lying on the ground. It was not even able to walk. I took it home and applied medicines on the wounds on its head and nose. It did not eat anything the next day and was lying as if it was paralysed,’ Khan said.
Police said one of the accused met Khan the next day and mocked him over the condition of the goat.
‘He came to me on Thursday and threatened to steal the goat. He laughed and said that he and his friends had a nice time that night, which made me furious. I thrashed him after which he fled the spot,’ Khan said.
The condition of goat started deteriorating and it died around 6pm. That’s when the villagers informed police who reached the village on Thursday night.
Perhaps we should be a bit critical of other cultures, particularly when we spend billions providing for their defense, and additional billions caring for their people when their governments can or will not. If America is not exceptional, why do the peoples of so many other cultures think moving to America, legally or illegally, winning life’s lottery?
I’m certainly not claiming all Indians are raping goats, but perhaps we might want to be a bit more discriminating in our immigration policies, as President Trump suggests. That is, if we want American women, and goats, to be safe.