Hinduism

Religious Leaders from Asia and Australia Issue "Ten Commitments"

February 21, 2006

Source: UCA News

On February 21, 2006 UCA News reported, "Religious representatives from Asia and Australia have committed to use the "peaceful" elements in religion to counter violence and terrorism. The 200 participants from 17 countries, who met Feb. 12-13 in Jakarta, also said at the end of their meeting that they are committed to uprooting 'all kinds of corruption by upholding moral legitimacy.' The Bahai, Buddhist, Catholic, Confucian, Hindu, Muslim, Protestant, Sikh, Taoist and Zoroastrian representatives issued 'Ten...

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Editorial: Council for Interfaith Harmony Holds First National Conference

February 21, 2006

Source: The New Nation

http://nation.ittefaq.com/artman/publish/article_25797.shtml

On February 21, 2006 The New Nation ran an editorial that commented, "The Council for Interfaith Harmony, Bangladesh held its first ever 'National Conference 2006' in the capital city last week when noted religious leaders and scholars of the four religious communities of the country highlighted the teachings of all the religions for maintaining harmony in the society as well as...

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Opinion: “Better Ways to Handle a Prayer Breakfast”

February 20, 2006

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/news/editorial/13903485.htm

On February 20, 2006 the Lexington Herald-Leader ran an opinion piece by Nancy Jo Kemper, the executive director of the Kentucky Council of Churches. She comments on the Governor's Annual Prayer Breakfast held recently by the Christian Business Men's Club in Kentucky. "The CBMC of the Bluegrass, formerly known as the Christian Business Men's Club, may surely...

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Government Markets Religious Diversity to Attract "Spiritual Tourism"

February 20, 2006

Source: Hindustan Times

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1630588,0011.htm

On February 20, 2006 the Press Trust of India reported, "Malaysia is all set to cash in on its multi-ethnic culture by featuring several Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Sikh and Buddhist houses of worship as the country's premier 'spiritual tourism' destinations. Tourism Minister Adnan Tengku Mansor also plans to showcase religious and cultural...

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New Hindu Temple Opens in Sengkang, Partially Funded by Buddhists

February 19, 2006

Source: Channel News Asia

On February 19, 2006 Channel News Asia reported, "A Hindu temple, partly-funded by the Buddhist community, was officially opened in Sengkang on Sunday. The Arulmigu Velmurugan Gnanamuneeswarar Temple is known for organising inter-faith activities including the joint SARS prayers, Vesak celebrations and the Divine Lights Procession for World Peace. It took two and a half years to build and replaces three smaller Hindu temples that were closed. The Buddhist community donated more than $1.5 million of the...

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Amartya Sen Critical of Britain’s Religious Identity Politics and "Plural Monoculturalism"

February 18, 2006

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/religion/Story/0,,1712446,00.html

On February 18, 2006 The Guardian reported, "Nobel-winning economist Amartya Sen's... concerns have outgrown those of economics to dwell on questions of democracy and culture. In the light of the recent furores over Islam and multiculturalism, Sen has written a new book, Identity and Violence, to be published in this country in July, which will take a trenchantly critical look at...

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Extremist Hindus and Muslims Protest Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2006

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/14/AR2006021400526.html

On February 14, 2006 Reuters reported, "Hardline Hindu groups and radical Muslims burned Valentine's Day greeting cards and held sporadic protests on Tuesday across India against celebrating the festival of love saying it was a Western import that spread immorality. Saint...

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Hindu American Foundation Demands Fairness and Transparency in California Textbook Adoption Process

February 14, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_california_fairness.htm

On February 14, 2006 a Hindu American Foundation Press Release reported, "The Hindu American Foundation (HAF), through its law firm, issued a letter to the California State Board of Education (SBE) last Thursday, February 9, 2006, demanding a fair and open process in the ongoing textbook adoption process. HAF became involved...

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Women's Multifaith Center in Orlando Provides Opportunity for Active Engagement

February 12, 2006

Source: Orlando Sentinel

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/orange/orl-orreligion1206feb12,0,995971.story?coll=orl-news-headlines-orange

On February 12, 2006 the Orlando Sentinel reported, "When it comes to promoting religious understanding, the Rev. Diana Reed Jackson believes that verbal dialogue alone falls short. Participation in a religious ritual or spiritual discipline is a more holistic...

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Hindu American Foundation Expresses Shock Over Church Burnings in Alabama

February 11, 2006

Source: Hindu American Foundation

http://www.hinduamericanfoundation.org/media_press_release_alabama.htm

On February 11, 2006 a Hindu American Foundation Press Release reported, "A series of suspected arson attacks on nine Baptist churches in Alabama has shocked the Hindu American community, reminding them of similar attacks on temples across the country. Over the past week, nine churches in central Alabama were set ablaze in two strings of attacks....

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Home Office Accused of Anti-Christian Bias

February 10, 2006

Source: New Kerala News

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.newkerala.com/news2.php?action=fullnews&id=7800

On February 10, 2006 the Press Trust of India reported, "A lawmaker has accused British ministers of 'anti-Christian prejudice' after figures showed that they spent more amount to celebrate festivals of ethnic communities including Hindus and Muslims than they do on Easter and Christmas. Government's...

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Harvard Hosts Panel on Textbook Controversy

February 10, 2006

Source: Lokvani

http://www.lokvani.com/lokvani/article.php?article_id=3050

On February 10, 2006 Lokvani reported, "On Friday, Feb. 3rd, the Dharma Club, Harvard's Hindu students' organization, held a public forum to discuss the controversy over recent attempts to correct the presentation of Hinduism in textbooks in California. The forum featured presentations by two speakers. The first was Prof. Michael Witzel, Wales Professor of Sanskrit at Harvard, who opposes...

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Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim Groups Deplore Cartoons and Violence

February 9, 2006

Source: Channel News Asia

On February 9, 2006 Channel News Asia reported, "Three religious bodies in Singapore have released a joint statement condemning the caricatures of Prophet Mohammed that appeared in the Danish and other media.

Jamiyah Singapore, Singapore Buddhist Lodge and the Hindu Endowments Board say they are 'shocked by the insensitive caricatures'.

They say publication of the caricatures has caused severe hurt to the sensitivity of Muslims all over the world.

And this act of press freedom without...

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Man Who Survived 9/11 Attack Now President of New Jersey Hindu Temple, Plans Expansion

February 9, 2006

Source: Asbury Park Press

http://www.app.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060209/LIFE/602090434/1006

On February 9, 2006 the Asbury Park Press reported, "When United Airlines Flight 175 struck the south tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 Nandakumar Balija was in his Morgan Stanley office, just like he had been when terrorists attacked eight years earlier. 'I am alive because of the God I worship,' says Balija, 57, who was on the...

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