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  • Should State Senator Apologize for Calling Hinduism a ‘False Faith’?

    03/20/2015 7:10:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/20/2015 | Rod Kackley
    [1]A crowd of naysayers that ranged from her cousin in the state of Washington, to Buddhist leaders in Boise, Colo., to a rabbi in Nevada has called on Idaho Sen. Sheryl “Sherry” Nuxoll (R) to apologize for calling Hinduism a “false faith with false gods.”While the self-described mother, housewife and co-manager of a farm/ranch in Cottonwood, Idaho, has admitted she could have turned a better phrase, she has refused to say the words many people want to hear: “I’m sorry.”Senators Not Happy with Decision to Open with Hindu Prayer Nuxoll and two other Republicans refused to attend the opening...
  • Hindus Ask Pope Francis To Punish Priest Who Said Yoga Leads To Satanism, 'Kingdom Of Darkness'

    02/24/2015 8:03:21 AM PST · by Steelfish · 72 replies
    IBTimes ^ | February 25, 2015 | Bruce Wright
    Hindus Ask Pope Francis To Punish Priest Who Said Yoga Leads To Satanism, 'Kingdom Of Darkness' By Bruce Wright @bctw on February 23 2015 The pope has been asked by some Hindus to discipline a Catholic priest who equated yoga and the devil. Reuters/Max Rossi A group of Hindus is appealing to Pope Francis to intervene after a Catholic priest from Northern Ireland insinuated that the ancient discipline of yoga is tantamount to Satanism and paganism. Rev. Roland Colhoun from Glendermott parish was delivering a sermon in the village of Drumsurn on Feb. 8 dealing with the devil and exorcism...
  • Pakistan: Muslims destroy Hindu temple

    01/12/2015 10:29:57 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | December 3, 2012 | Robert Spencer
    Every month there is an incident, like taking property of Hindu people or forced conversion of Hindu girls. ... Minority Hindus have complained of increasing harassment and discrimination in Muslim-dominated Pakistan in recent years, including the destruction or desecration of their places of worship. ... Hindus complain that girls are forcibly converted to Islam, there is no legal recognition for Hindu marriages, and Hindus are discriminated against when it comes to access to government jobs or schooling. ... During partition in 1947, the violent separation of Pakistan and India into separate countries, hundreds of thousands of Hindus decided to migrate...
  • India Hindu group to press ahead on conversions of Christians & Muslims in challenge to PM Modi

    12/24/2014 10:20:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/24/2014
    The head of India's most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened the prime minister's economic reform agenda. Mohan Bhagwat of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, which is also the ideological wing of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party, said India was a "Hindu nation" where many Hindus had been forcibly converted to other religions. "We will bring back those who have lost their way. They did not go on their own," Bhagwat said in a speech late on Saturday. "They...
  • What different religions say about aliens: A brief guide

    11/04/2014 8:38:50 AM PST · by EveningStar · 67 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 26, 2014 | Chris Wright / David Weintraub
    Religions have surprisingly diverse approaches to the issue of possible extraterrestrial life, David Weintraub found. Below, a quick survey adapted from his book "Religions and Extraterrestrial Life: How Will We Deal With It?" and interviews with the author.
  • Austrian school bans yoga for 'religious reasons'

    10/10/2014 8:34:00 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/09/2014 | Ben Hooper
    DECHANTSKIRCHEN, Austria, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Officials at an Austrian elementary school said yoga lessons were stricken from the curriculum due to a complaint from a parent who cited "religious reasons." Ingrid Karner, who taught yoga to students once a month during gym classes at the school in Dechantskirchen, told the Kleine Zeitung newspaper the classes had been popular with students and their parents until one parent's complaint led to yoga being banned from the curriculum. "All I heard was that according to the Bible yoga should not be allowed and it would lead the children in the wrong direction,"...
  • Some 32 dead in stampede in eastern India: official

    10/03/2014 12:02:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    AFP ^ | 10/3/2014
    A stampede at a popular religious festival in eastern India on Friday left 32 people dead and several dozen injured, an official said. Thousands of people had gathered to celebrate the Dussehra festival at a ground in the city of Patna in Bihar state, when panic erupted, officials said. It was unclear what triggered the stampede, which occurred as crowds were leaving the venue after watching giant effigies of the Hindu demon king Ravana set ablaze for Dussehra, which celebrates the victory of good over evil. "We have information that 32 people including women and children died due to a...
  • Indian court asked to decide whether revered Hindu guru is dead or just meditating

    05/29/2014 11:24:58 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 21 replies
    National Post ^ | May 29, 2014 | Dean Nelson, The Telegraph
    New Delhi — The family and followers of one of India’s wealthiest Hindu spiritual leaders are fighting a legal battle over whether he is dead or simply in a deep state of meditation. His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, the founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan religious order, with a property estate worth an estimated US$167-million, died in January, according to his wife and son. However, his disciples at his ashram have refused to let the family take his body for cremation because they claim he is still alive. According to his followers, based in the Punjab city of Jalandhar,...
  • Prime Minister of India Invites Pakistani Prime Minister to Inauguration

    05/22/2014 12:39:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | May 21, 2014 | Jordan Schachtel
    Newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has officially invited Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Modi’s inauguration ceremony, according to India’s victorious Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BBC reported that this is believed to be the first time an olive branch of this magnitude has been extended to Pakistan’s Prime Minister. On May 16, Modi and the BJP were victorious in an Indian election that experienced the highest quantitative voter turnout in history. Modi is set to take the oath as India’s new leader on May 26. In addition to Pakistan, Modi has also reached out to neighboring states...
  • The Origin of Castes

    05/08/2013 2:45:41 PM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 85 replies
    Just Genesis ^ | May 8, 2013 | Alice C. Linsley
    The evils of the caste system are regularly expounded in contemporary writings. In The Open Society and Its Enemies, Karl Popper argued that Plato’s ideal state, with it three-tier structure, is totalitarian. Yet, as others have noted, Plato's ideal represents an improvement upon the rigid caste structure that characterized ancient societies. Plato suggested that some particularly gifted individuals should be trained to work outside of their caste. This was a radical idea for his time (B.C. 428-347). The egalitarian nature of American society makes castes anathema. We react strongly to perceived or real limitations of our freedom of choice. On...
  • Why are Buddhist monks attacking Muslims?

    05/06/2013 4:06:25 PM PDT · by ifinnegan · 107 replies
    BBC ^ | May 1, 2013 | Alan Strathern
    First paragraph excerpt: Of all the moral precepts instilled in Buddhist monks the promise not to kill comes first, and the principle of non-violence is arguably more central to Buddhism than any other major religion. So why have monks been using hate speech against Muslims and joining mobs that have left dozens dead?
  • Italian Parliament Grants Offical Recognition to Hinduism and Buddhism

    12/19/2012 4:22:34 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    Hinduism Today Magazine ^ | December 15, 2012 | and Hindu Press International,
    Italy, December 14, 2012 ( [HPI notes: This article is a translation of the original Italian language article. The Hindu population of Italy is at least five times greater than the number mentioned here.] A new milestone for religious freedom and equality between religions in Italy: The parliament has finally approved an agreement with the Italian Hindu Union (Sanatana Dharma Sangha) and the Italy Buddhist Union. These religions will now have the ability to open schools and have access to limited state funding. Article 8 of our Constitution provides for freedom for all religions that do not conflict with Italian...
  • Op-Ed: World Jewry: India's Perception of the Jews and Israel

    10/17/2012 6:05:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17/10/12 | Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld
    Many people in India know that, according to their narrative, Jews have lived in their country for two thousand years. They are very proud of the fact that Jews have lived there for so long without experiencing indigenous anti-Semitism. It supports their self-perception as an extremely tolerant and welcoming society to foreign religious minorities. "The fact that Jews lived in India without experiencing persecution is part and parcel of contemporary Hindu identity. This is especially significant for Indians as tensions with Muslims become stronger and friction with Christian missionaries is highlighted in the world press. Indians want to be able...
  • 'Love Jihad' - Radical Islam's Sordid Attack on Christian and Hindu Women

    07/22/2012 8:27:37 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 19, 2012 | By Myles Collie
    A disturbing action known as "love jihad" is gaining notoriety after several reports have emerged of young impressionable women being seduced by Muslim men who wish to manipulate them and use them in an effort to aid their jihad. Troves of diplomatic cables were disclosed to the public after the WikiLeaks incident, and one of the cables revealed how foreign officials were monitoring what they referred to as "love jihad" -- an alleged conspiracy of foreign-funded "charming" Muslim men attempting to seduce, marry and convert Hindu and Christian women to be used in the jihadi effort. One such correspondence from...
  • Am I the Only One, Who Thinks That Mormonism is As Strange As Hinduism?

    01/28/2012 9:20:46 AM PST · by pinochet · 111 replies · 2+ views
    Almost all Christian denominations can be traced to 3 main traditions - the Catholic, the Protestant, and the Eastern Orthodox traditions. All three traditions are based on the Bible. Mormonism is a religion that has a heritage that is very different from traditional Christianity, and is based on the Book of Mormon. The theological differences that separate a Baptist from a Catholic, are not the same as those which separate a Baptist from a Mormon, or a Catholic from a Mormon. In a dispute between a Baptist and a Catholic, they will argue over whether Church tradition prevails over scripture...
  • ‘Pakistan schools teach Hindu hatred’

    11/09/2011 9:47:15 AM PST · by MBT ARJUN · 34 replies
    ISLAMABAD: Text books in Pakistani schools foster prejudice and intolerance of Hindus and other religious minorities, while most teachers view non-Muslims as ”enemies of Islam,” according to a study by a US government commission released on Wednesday. The findings indicate how deeply ingrained hard-line Islam is in Pakistan and help explain why militancy is often supported, tolerated or excused in the country. ”Teaching discrimination increases the likelihood that violent religious extremism in Pakistan will continue to grow, weakening religious freedom, national and regional stability, and global security,” said Leonard Leo, the chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom....
  • Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism

    05/09/2011 11:11:10 AM PDT · by bronxville · 99 replies
    Integrated Catholic Life ^ | March 10, 2011 | Dr. Peter Kreeft
    Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism The most serious challenge for Christianity today isn't one of the other great religions of the world, such as Islam or Buddhism. Nor is it simple atheism, which has no depth, no mass appeal, no staying power. Rather, it's a religion most of us think is dead. That religion is paganism — and it is very much alive. Paganism is simply the natural gravity of the human spirit, the line of least resistance, religion in its fallen state. The "old" paganism came from the country. Indeed, the very word "paganism" comes from the Latin...
  • Muslim-raised Jessica Mokdad Might Have Wished She Grew Up Like Katy Perry - In a Christian Home

    05/04/2011 6:04:44 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | May 04, 2011 | J. James Estrada
    20-year-old Jessica Mokdad is dead. Her stepfather Rahim Alfetlawi shot Jessica in the head while she was at her grandmother's Michigan home. Alfetlawi was upset that Jessica was not living by strict Muslim customs, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and so he killed her this past Saturday. Meanwhile, in an upcoming Vanity Fair article, singer Katy Perry complains of not having a "childhood" because she was raised in a Christian home. Perry is riding the top of the music charts and making tons of money singing songs like "Teenage Dream" and "Hot N Cold," having escaped...
  • Help from Hindu Quarters - The New York Times on "Take Back Yoga"

    11/29/2010 9:15:55 AM PST · by wmfights · 19 replies
    Albert Mohler. com ^ | November 29, 2010 | Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    In Sunday’s edition of The New York Times — the front page, no less — reporter Paul Vitello writes about “a surprisingly fierce debate in the gentle world of yoga.” Well, welcome to my world. My last few weeks have been heavy into “fierce debate” and light on “the gentle world” part. It all started when I was asked to answer a practical pastoral question: Should Christians Practice Yoga? My answer was the answer long offered by those committed to orthodox biblical Christianity — No. There is nothing wrong with stretching exercises, and Christians are called to meditate upon the...
  • Is Yoga An Anti-Christian Practice?

    09/22/2010 3:03:50 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 140 replies
    NewsFeed ^ | Wednesday, September 22, 2010 | Allie Townsend
    Warning to Christians: There may be churches that will bless your Blackberry, but your favorite morning workout may undermine your faith. In a recent blog post, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, examines the argument that practicing yoga may be in direct conflict with the values of Christianity. "Yoga begins and ends with an understanding of the body that is, to say the very least, at odds with the Christian understanding," Mohler writes.
  • How science discovered the historical Krishna

    08/27/2010 8:00:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    Indian Weekender ^ | Thursday, August 26, 2010 | Rakesh Krishnan Simha
    "The sea, which had been beating against the shores, suddenly broke the boundary that was imposed on it by nature. The sea rushed into the city. It coursed through the streets of the beautiful city. The sea covered up everything in the city. Arjuna saw the beautiful buildings becoming submerged one by one. He took a last look at the mansion of Krishna. In a matter of a few moments it was all over. The sea had now become as placid as a lake. There was no trace of the beautiful city, which had been the favourite haunt of all...
  • America's Imam and his problematic mosque

    08/23/2010 2:44:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Non-Required Indian Blog on IBN ^ | August 23, 2010 | Parvez Sharma
    I had always been taught to believe in the homogeneity of the pious. But a year after September 11, as I snuck into a Thursday afternoon zikr at the Masjid al-Farah twelve blocks from the still smoldering Ground Zero, I was not so sure. It was Ramadan and the tradition of breaking of the fast, the iftar was going to happen after the zikr, or Sufi chanting. Looking around, I felt this was hippie for the Muslims. It was like the Muslim Woodstock or Burning Man. Clearly the congregants would prefer granola bars to kebabs. They wore all manner of...
  • Julia Roberts Embraces Hinduism

    08/12/2010 1:19:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 262 replies
    Times of India ^ | Aug 7, 2010,
    Her parents were Baptist and Catholic and she was born in Georgia, part of the US Bible Belt. But Hollywood superstar Julia Roberts says she is now a practising Hindu. Speaking to the September issue of Elle magazine, Roberts said she goes to the temple to "chant, pray and celebrate." The 42-year-old actress, who won a million hearts with Pretty Woman and an Oscar with Erin Brockowich, took to Hinduism during the shooting of her upcoming film, `Eat, Pray and Love' last year. In the movie, she plays a divorced woman who travels to Italy for food, India for spirituality...
  • South Brunswick schools to close for two Muslim holy days

    08/10/2010 10:24:08 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 18 replies ^ | August 10, 2010 | Tom Haydon
    SOUTH BRUNSWICK — As a Muslim growing up in East Brunswick, Atiya Aftab missed classes and had to make up school work to be with her family on two important holidays: Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, and Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice. As a mother of three in South Brunswick, Aftab has seen her children go through the same thing. Until now. In a decision that sent ripples of hope across the Muslim community well beyond New Jersey, the South Brunswick Board of Education has approved school closings in the...
  • Millions of Women Throng Kerala Festival [2 Million Women Make Offering To Hindu Goddess]

    03/01/2010 6:49:39 PM PST · by Steelfish · 7 replies · 655+ views
    BBCNews ^ | March 01, 2010 | John Murray
    Millions of Women Throng Kerala Festival Attendance at the festival has grown year after year By John Mary Trivandrum, Kerala India's southern state of Kerala may have hosted the largest gathering of women ever seen on the planet. Clad in traditional Kerala saris and bearing offerings of food, more than two million women - perhaps more - thronged the state capital Trivandrum on Sunday. The women braved searing heat to offer a special meal at the Attukal temple to Hindu goddess Bhagavathy - one incarnation of the potent goddesses Kali and Saraswati. Women howled shrilly, as is the custom at...
  • From Krishna to Christ: The Conversion Testimony of Father Jay Kythe

    01/26/2010 10:25:11 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 611+ views
    Frontiernet ^ | Father Jay Kythe
    Hello! My name is Father Jay Kythe. I am the pastor of the Church of St. Pius V in Cannon Falls and St. Joseph’s in Miesville. I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I was born in 1969 in New Orleans to parents from India. They arrived two years before I was born, desiring a better life for their family. My father came to become a professor of mathematics at the University of New Orleans, and my mother is a stay-at-home mom. I have one older brother, who is now married and lives near Los Angeles. They wanted...
  • The Zen of Rand (or, When can we stop butchering for peace?)

    11/14/2009 8:55:55 AM PST · by Talisker · 12 replies · 523+ views
    Way, way back in Econ 101 you might remember hearing about a guy named Adam Smith. He described what nowadays would be called an "emergent event of a complex system" that he named "the invisible hand of the free market." Simply put, it means that the economic market is too complex for conscious control, but is self-correcting (the invisible hand) if everyone pursues their own interests on a level playing field (equal rules). After Smith, some historical stuff happened for awhile, and then a writer appeared named Ayn Rand. People read her books, and immediately started arguing whether she is...
  • Why Islamic Extremists Hate India

    10/10/2009 2:55:01 PM PDT · by Saije · 17 replies · 1,257+ views
    Far Eastern Economic Review ^ | 10/10/2009 | Salil Tripathi
    In the current conflict in Afghanistan, India does not have a single soldier operating under NATO command. India is not part of the coalition the United States and its allies have put together to aid the Afghan government’s efforts to defeat the Taliban. In fact, India has turned down proposals within India and in the U.S. that it should participate in peacekeeping efforts in Iraq or Afghanistan. And yet, suicide bombers have struck the Indian Embassy in Kabul once again. In 2008, nearly 58 people died, including three Indians. On Friday, the toll was smaller, though the device used was...
  • We Are All Hindus Now

    09/10/2009 12:11:19 PM PDT · by TBP · 30 replies · 1,410+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Aug 15, 2009 | Lisa Miller
    America is not a Christian nation. We are, it is true, a nation founded by Christians, and according to a 2008 survey, 76 percent of us continue to identify as Christian (still, that's the lowest percentage in American history). Of course, we are not a Hindu—or Muslim, or Jewish, or Wiccan—nation, either. A million-plus Hindus live in the United States, a fraction of the billion who live on Earth. But recent poll data show that conceptually, at least, we are slowly becoming more like Hindus and less like traditional Christians in the ways we think about God, our selves, each...
  • Are We Really a Nation of Hindus?

    08/27/2009 9:41:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies · 1,312+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 8/27/2009 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    Those who argue that all religions are essentially the same reveal the fact that they know little about these very different belief systems. The worldview of Christianity is, for example, radically different from the belief structure of Buddhism (some forms of which may actually claim to resist the very idea of beliefs). These differences in belief systems are apparent in Lisa Miller's recent article for Newsweek. As she explains, "A million-plus Hindus live in the United States, a fraction of the billion who live on Earth. But recent poll data show that conceptually, at least, we are slowly becoming more...
  • Perspectives of an Indian Convert

    08/01/2009 9:42:48 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies · 1,889+ views
    American Magazine ^ | August 01, 2009
    Perspectives of an Indian Convert July 31, 1993 Bobby Jindal Editors’ note: On October 20 36-year-old Republican Bobby Jindal was elected governor of Louisiana. In the early 1990s, Mr. Jindal wrote two articles for America recounting his conversion from the Hindu faith of his parents to Catholicism. The following excerpt is taken from "Has Ecumenism Made Evangelism Irrelevant?" which was published on July 31, 1993: I was born in the United States immediately after my parents arrived here from India. I was raised in a strong Hindu culture, attended weekly pujas, or ceremonial rites, and read the Vedic scriptures. Though...
  • Hinduism in America on the rise

    07/28/2009 7:37:17 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 142 replies · 3,718+ views
    Houston Examiner ^ | July 28, 2009 | D.M. Murdock
    Festivities in a new temple dedicated to the Indian monkey god Hanuman  in Frisco, Texas, earlier this month remind us that a minority of religions exists within the shores of the United States that is relatively silent. The faith that is the subject here, of course, is Hinduism, which in that North Texas town, at least, is enjoying an "expanding population," according to the Dallas Morning News. Despite the fact that Indians have been quietly enriching the American melting pot for decades to centuries, few non-Indians know much about the colorful religion of Hinduism. In actuality, the term "Hinduism" represents...
  • New Religious Education Guidelines on Creationism & Atheism

    07/26/2009 12:39:59 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 47 replies · 1,612+ views
    AiG ^ | Paul F. Taylor
    A new document entitled “How can we answer questions about creation and origins?” recommends teaching both creationism and atheism as part of Religious Education in state schools. There are some benefits to this controversial new document, but there are also some concerns. The UK government has released a controversial new document on the teaching of Religious Education (RE) in state schools.[1] The document is entitled “How can we answer questions about creation and origins?” If schools follow these guidelines, it will be the first time that both creationism and atheism have been specifically recommended for teaching in any subject in...
  • Two Minor Girls Married Off To Frogs

    01/17/2009 4:52:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies · 1,204+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 17 Jan 2009
    In a bizarre ritual, two minor girls, both seven, from the remote Pallipudupet village in Tamil Nadu's Villupuram district were married off to frogs on Friday night. The ceremony, an annual feature during the Pongal (harvest) festival, is conducted "to prevent the outbreak of mysterious diseases in the village''. The girls, Vigneswari and Masiakanni, dressed up in traditional bridal finery -- gilded sarees and gold jewellery -- married the frog 'princes' in separate, elaborate ceremonies at two different temples in the presence of hundreds of villagers. Amidst chanting of vedic hymns, the temple priests garlanded the brides and tied the...
  • Rebel With a Cause: [Louisiana Governor] Bobby Jindal's Spiritual Journey

    07/31/2008 6:26:24 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 111 replies · 745+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 25, 2008 | Robert Costa
    In 1988, 16-year-old Piyush Jindal totaled his father's new car a few weeks before graduating from Baton Rouge High School. Piyush -- who then and now prefers the nickname "Bobby" he adopted from "The Brady Brunch" sitcom -- had to assess more than fender damage with his parents. "Which God do you have to thank for your safety?" Mr. Jindal, now governor of Louisiana, remembers his mother, Raj, a practicing Hindu, inquiring after he escaped from the wreck. For the child of Punjabi immigrants who had announced his Christian beliefs the previous summer, the question was difficult. Twenty years later,...
  • Indian village proud after double "honor killing."

    05/16/2008 1:28:55 PM PDT · by Antioch · 69 replies · 230+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri May 16, 2008 | Simon Denyer
    Five armed men burst into the small room and courtyard at dawn, just as 21-year-old, 22-week pregnant, Sunita was drying her face on a towel. They punched and kicked her stomach as she called out for her sleeping boyfriend "Jassa", 22-year-old Jasbir Singh, witnesses said. When he woke, both were dragged into waiting cars, driven away and strangled. Their bodies, half-stripped, were laid out on the dirt outside Sunita's father's house for all to see, a sign that the family's "honor" had been restored by her cold-blooded murder. A week later, the village of Balla, just a couple of hours...
  • Address during Meeting with Representatives of Other Religions (Pope Benedict XVI)

    04/17/2008 4:43:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 95+ views
    EWTN ^ | April 17, 2008 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Address during Meeting with Representatives of Other Religions     My dear friends, I am pleased to have this occasion to meet with you today. I thank Bishop Sklba for his words of welcome, and I cordially greet all those in attendance representing various religions in the United States of America. Several of you kindly accepted the invitation to compose the reflections contained in today's program. For your thoughtful words on how each of your traditions bears witness to peace, I am particularly grateful. Thank you all. This country has a long history of cooperation between different religions in many spheres...
  • Gandhi’s grandson creates religious stir

    01/18/2008 4:20:41 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 7 replies · 137+ views
    By Bryan Roth, staff writer Brighton-Pittsford Post Thu Jan 17, 2008, 01:05 PM EST Brighton, N.Y. - To Pittsford resident Judy Braiman, remembering the Holocaust has always been an important part of her Jewish heritage. Despite the atrocities related with it, she believes it’s something nobody — Jewish or not — should ever forget. “Why should you give that up?” asked Braiman, who had family relatives who were killed in Germany during the Holcaust. “If we don’t remember the terrible things that happen, it will happen again. Everybody should remember terrible things to learn by it.” So, when she saw...
  • Judge summons Hindu gods to court

    12/08/2007 6:20:21 AM PST · by Zakeet · 6 replies · 1,356+ views
    United Press International ^ | December 7, 2007
    PATNA , India (UPI) -- A judge in India has put out a call for two Hindu gods to "appear before the court personally" to help find an answer to a property dispute. Judge Sunil Kumar Singh has taken out advertisements in newspapers ordering the gods Ram and Hanuman to testify before the court, the BBC reported Friday. The 20-year-old dispute revolves around 1.4 acres of land that host two temples, one dedicated to each of the two gods referred to by Singh. Temple priest Manmohan Pathak claims to own the land that houses the holy buildings, but locals claim...
  • Vedic Recitations in a Christian Church on Thanksgiving

    11/02/2007 10:54:04 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 26 replies · 592+ views
    News Blaze ^ | Nov 1, 2007 | Judyth Piazza
    Vedic Recitations in a Christian Church on Thanksgiving Nov 1, 2007 Judyth Piazza, News Blaze Recitations from ancient Sanskrit scriptures will reverberate in a Christian church in Nevada on the occasion of coming Thanksgiving eve service. Rajan Zed, the prominent Hindu chaplain, will read from Rig-Veda (oldest existing scripture of the world dated from around 1,500 BCE), Upanishads (Hindu scriptures containing mystical teachings), and Bhagavad-Gita (famous philosophical and spiritual poem) in Trinity Episcopal Church in Reno (Nevada) during Twenty-second Annual Thanksgiving Service of Northwestern Nevada to be held on November 21 evening. Despite conflicts around the world, various...
  • Quebec Mandates Relativistic Ethical and Religious Education For All Students in Province

    10/07/2007 7:03:53 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 6 replies · 1,262+ views ^ | October 4, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    Quebec Mandates Relativistic Ethical and Religious Education For All Students in Province Program includes positive presentation of homosexual families and requires children to question their own religious upbringing By John-Henry Westen QUEBEC CITY, October 4, 2007 ( - As of the beginning of the 2008 school year, all students in the province of Quebec whether in public school, private school or even homeschooled will be mandated to take a program on "Ethics and Religious Culture" which runs from grade one till the end of high school.  The program is completely relativistic and includes positive presentation of homosexual families and requires...
  • Nepal airline sacrifices goats to appease sky god

    09/04/2007 10:39:50 AM PDT · by Stoat · 72 replies · 3,204+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 4, 2007
    Nepal airline sacrifices goats to appease sky god Tue 4 Sep 2007, 13:37 GMT   KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Officials at Nepal's state-run airline have sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, following technical problems with one of its Boeing 757 aircraft, the carrier said on Tuesday.Nepal Airlines, which has two Boeing aircraft, has had to suspend some services in recent weeks due the problem.The goats were sacrificed in front of the troublesome aircraft on Sunday at Nepal's only international airport in Kathmandu in accordance with Hindu traditions, an official said. "The snag in the plane...
  • Ancient Persian (Zoroastrian) influence on Hinduism

    08/17/2007 6:04:01 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 31 replies · 1,129+ views
    Cybernooon ^ | 10/17/07 | Cybernoon
    Hinduism pertains to Hindus but the word Hindu itself is actually a Persian word coined by Cyrus the great in the 6th century B.C. to describe people who lived beyond the river Indus which was the eastern boundary of the ancient Persian empire. The Persians had a phonetic problem with the letter ‘S’ hence, Sindhu became Hindu just as Rigveda’s Soma came from Zend Avesta’s Hoama. Such fascinating phonetic affinities! Even the word Shudra in Hinduism’s caste-system came from the Persian word Hatoksha. Originally, there were only three castes but the camp followers collected by Persians on their travels were...
  • God and freedom assaulted in the Senate

    07/19/2007 6:10:45 AM PDT · by FarRockaway · 8 replies · 542+ views ^ | July 19th 2007 | Janet Folger
    America, America, God shed His grace on thee. Why? It wasn't because we were His favorites. Nor because we were the richest. But there was something about America that wasn't found in other Western nations. Blessed more than Mexico, Canada or any nation in South America that came looking for gold, as you can see at the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, America came looking for God. Why has God blessed us so richly? Get a glimpse into Western Hemisphere history from a 1789 snapshot: * In 1789, our first president, George Washington, was sworn in. He immediately kissed his Bible...
  • Three Removed From Senate During Hindu Prayer

    07/12/2007 7:08:19 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 388 replies · 9,608+ views
    Three Removed From Senate During Hindu Prayer By Nathan Burchfiel Staff Writer July 12, 2007 Washington ( -- Three Christian protestors were removed from the U.S. Senate chamber's observation gallery Thursday when they disrupted the morning prayer -- being delivered for the first time in history by a Hindu chaplain. The three unidentified protestors began praying loudly when Rajan Zed, a Hindu chaplain from Nevada, started praying. The demonstrators prayed for forgiveness from Jesus Christ for "betraying" the Christian tradition. Senate security officers quickly removed the demonstrators, and Zed continued with his prayer for peace. "May our study be...
  • Proselytization in India: An Indian Christian's perspective

    05/31/2007 9:57:22 PM PDT · by design engineer · 175 replies · 2,343+ views
    Sulekha ^ | 05/22/03 | C. Alex Alexander
    Since colonial times to the present, the impetus for Christian proselytizing work in India has largely emanated from Western Christian Church groups and missions. The latter's continuing obsession for promoting religious conversions under the aegis of India's Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom has triggered a raging debate among religious and political leaders of that country. Many Hindus of the Indian Diaspora have also been drawn into it. Over seventy years ago, Mahatma Gandhi stated that: “proselytizing under the cloak of humanitarian work is unhealthy, to say the least. It is most resented by people here"[1] . The resentment that Gandhi...
  • Low castes lead in Uttar Pradesh (Indian state).

    05/11/2007 6:05:06 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 14 replies · 505+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, May 11, 2007
    BSP supporters see their party set for government Enlarge Image The low-caste Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is heading for victory in assembly elections in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, early trends suggest.Outgoing chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has admitted defeat to his rival, BSP leader Mayawati, and has said he will resign when results are confirmed. Trends show his party trailing with a possible clear majority for the BSP. Uttar Pradesh is India's most populous state and has long been its most politically influential. But with caste and religion becoming the dominant factors in state politics in...
  • Christian 'hate sites' blasted by Hindus

    04/10/2007 1:32:16 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 11 replies · 935+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | April 10, 2007 | Bob Unruh
    This is a WorldNetDaily printer-friendly version of the article which follows. To view this item online, visit Tuesday, April 10, 2007 INTERNET NEWSChristian 'hate sites' blasted by HindusSouthern Baptists, Gospel for Asia, CBN targeted in published report Posted: April 10, 20071:00 a.m. Eastern By Bob Unruh © 2007 A new report published by a Hindu foundation is blasting Christian organizations across the nation, including the Southern Baptists' missions board, Gospel for Asia and the Minnesota-based Olive Tree Ministries, which aims its ministry at teaching Christians about their beliefs, for having Internet "hate sites." "The proliferation of websites promoting religious...
  • Islamabad 'destiny' talks begin (India/Pakistan relations).

    03/13/2007 10:26:01 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 1 replies · 289+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, March 13, 2007
    The talks are on Kashmir and security issues Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said the peace process between his country and India could "change the destiny of South Asia". He was speaking after the first of two days of talks between the two countries in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. Mr Aziz said that negotiations with India could result in the resolution of all outstanding disputes. The talks come days after the regional rivals held discussions for the first time on fighting terrorism together. The nations began peace moves in 2004 but progress has been slow. 'Right direction' "The...
  • Stressed students calm down with yoga classes (Third Grade)

    02/24/2007 6:39:14 AM PST · by devane617 · 150 replies · 2,422+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 02/24/2007 | HANNAH SAMPSON
    Blue mats covered the floor, shoes lined the wall and 21 bodies in stocking feet followed instructor Kim Rich through poses with names like mountain, warrior and cobra. It could have been a scene from any neighborhood gym, but these yoga students were in the third grade. The studio was a classroom at Davie Elementary School. Yoga isn't just for stressed-out grown-ups anymore. Schools in South Florida and across the country are incorporating elements of the ancient exercise into the school day to help students focus, relax and get fit. Companies offering a yoga curriculum and teacher training have cropped...