Tom the Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling for January 02, 2015
news of the times oregon woman gives birth to hindu baby mr. and mrs. john mccracken of lake oswego, ore. have a brand-new set of twins -- identical in every way, except that while baby lauren, like her parents, is presbyterian, baby samantha is hindu! lauren: believes in jesus christ as the son of god and in a church organization governed by clerical and lay presbyters. samantha: believes in the transmigration of souls and in the divine trinity of brahma the creator, vishnu the preserver and shiva the destroyer. how this adorable tot became hindu is a mystery. dr. doyle pierce, a neonatal theologist: doyle: we aren't sure if she was conceived hindu or somehow converted in utero. the proud but baffled parents are concerned. john: it will be difficult for samantha growing up a normal white child in an affluent portland suburb ... yet hindu. it's impossible to tell what type of hindu samantha is, and she's not giving any clues -- her brain's synapses aren't fully formed, her eyes can't focus... she can't even sit up! a similar case occurred in 1987 on the island of borneo: followers of the dayak traditional animist religion gave birth to a deconstructional relativist. doyle: since religion obviously is not genetic, it's actually surprising that this sort of thing doesn't happen all the time. just lucky, i guess. john: you can't be mad at her -- she's so darn cute! mother: we'll try to convert her the minute she's old enough. it won't be the same, though...
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