As a follow-up to the posting on MS-13 and ISKCON, I received a number of interesting reactions. But before I share some of those, I would like to make a few summary points:
- ISKCON and the MS-13 Gang’s point of commonality is that women are kept out of decision-making on the grounds they are not suited for it.
- ISKCON’s rationale is mandated by the scriptures, which say women should not be trusted.
- MS-13’s rationale is based on consistently bad experiences in trusting them.
- The big point is that MS-13’s experience “bears witness” to a Vedic truth, which is the position women should hold in society.
Some have found the comparison between the two organization so odious as to be beyond the pale. One devotee wrote,
“I did read your article and of course you are entitled to your opinion. No one can argue with an opinion.”