Hinduism

Hindu Devotees of Sai Baba to Build New Florida Temple

December 6, 2003

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2003/12/06/Citrus/Hindu_sect_ready_to_b.shtml

On December 6, 2003 St. Petersburg Times reported that "Hindus plan to build a worship center at the Florida Shirdi Sai Center on S Pleasant Grove Road. The 4,500-square-foot domed temple should be finished in May, said Ila Patel, the center's president... Sai Baba is a branch of Hinduism. The devotees of Sai Baba worship Shirdi Sai Baba, an Indian...

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Bush Faces Criticism Over Statement that Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God

December 5, 2003

Source: Newhouse News Service

http://www.newhousenews.com/archive/okeefe120503.html

On December 5, 2003 The Newhouse News Service published an articled collecting responses from leaders of various faith traditions to President Bush's recent comments that Muslims and Christians "worship the same god." The article finds that representatives from several faiths, such as Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam itself, find Bush's comments to be on target. For example,...

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Livermore, CA Temple Invites Community to Hindu Celebrations

December 5, 2003

Source: The Contra Costa Times

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On December 5, 2003 The Contra Costa Times reported that the Shiva-Vishnu Temple will invite people from throughout the Bay Area to join them in this year's Geeta Jayanti celebration. The Temple has been working with the Tri-Valley Interfaith Council to invite area churches, in an attempt for "all the religions to come closer together and feel more comfortable with each other."

Controversy Over New York Temple Elections Rocks American Hindu Communities

December 5, 2003

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/05/nyregion/05HIND.html

On December 5, 2003 The New York Times reported on the growing New York controversy over Hindu Temple elections that has been rocking the Hindu faith across America. The Hindu Temple Society of North America had been a peaceful refuge for decades, welcoming thousands of worshippers at the sanctuary on Bowne Street in Flushing, Queens. But a dispute over whether or not temple leaders...

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Fires Target Hindu Homes in Houston Arson Spree

December 2, 2003

Source: Houston Channel 11 News

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On December 2, 2003 Houston Channel 11 News reported on the fires targeting Hindu homes that have been sweeping the Houston area. Raju Shah, whose home has been set fire to twice in the last four months, and three other arson victims all worship at a Hindu temple in southwest Houston, where concern is running high. "These days an important message is presented alongside the prayer. The faithful are warned every day...

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Fires Target Hindu Homes in Houston Arson Spree

December 1, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

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On December 1, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "almost a dozen fires have destroyed homes of Hindus and others, with a two-county task force investigating the suspected arson spree, and members of the religious community nervous about future attacks.

Federal, county and city investigators are reviewing evidence in the blazes that have occurred over the past six months.

The fact that victims have included Hindus suggests that the...

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Houston Hindus Use Modern Methods to Keep Tradition Alive

November 30, 2003

Source: The Houston Chronicle

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On November 30, 2003 The Houston Chronicle published an article on the Maheshwaris, a Hindu minority from the Indian state of Rajasthan who are using modern technology to matchmake and keep their culture alive. Young Hindus in Houston are logging onto the Web site Maheshwari Online, which offers a worldwide Maheshwari registry and Maheshwari matchmaking. According to the Chronicle, "about 500 Maheshwari families live in the United States,...

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Ashland Teen Faces Decade in Prison for Defacing Hindu Temple

November 27, 2003

Source: Metro West

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/local_regional/ashl_vandalism1272003.htm

On November 27, 2003 Metro West reported that "an Ashland teen faces more than a decade in jail if he is convicted of spray painting hate messages on a Hindu temple in Ashland on Halloween.

Anthony Picciolo, 17, of 15 Roberts Road was released without bail by Judge Paul Healy at his arraignment yesterday in Framingham District Court....

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Ashland Hindu Center Sponsors Interfaith Thanksgiving

November 26, 2003

Source: Tri-Valley Herald

http://www.trivalleyherald.com/Stories/0,1413,86~10671~1791712,00.html

On November 26, 2003 the Tri-Valley Herald reported that a live vocal concert and a free international vegetarian dinner will be held this Thanksgiving at Badarikashrama, a Hindu spiritual and cultural center in Ashland. "Swami Omkarananda, 65, who founded the center in 1984, plans to lead a special prayer for world peace and prosperity at 3 p.m.,...

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In New York City, Discrimination Runs Deeper than Reported

November 21, 2003

Source: India Abroad

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On November 21, 2003 India Abroad reported, "There have been more incidents of discrimination and bias-related harassment of South Asians, Arabs and Muslims in the city since September 11 than has been reported, a New York City Commission of Human Rights report reveals. Last month, the commission released its first report on such incidents: 'Discrimination against Muslims, Arabs and South Asians in New York City since 9/11.' It was based...

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Hindus Encouraged to Have More Children to Counteract Muslim Population Growth

November 20, 2003

Source: The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1088790,00.html

On November 20, 2003 The Guardian (UK) reported, "A radical Hindu political party in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, which is a key ally of the country's ruling party, is encouraging Hindus to have more children because of fears of a Muslim population explosion...'We will honour these couples [with five or more children] at a special function next month...

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