Hinduism

Arizona Hindu Center Suffers Graffiti Attack

August 13, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

On August 13, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported that "police are investigating two graffiti attacks on a Chandler Hindu center [AZ] as possible hate crimes... Chandler police assigned detectives to the two cases Wednesday after the Bhakti Vedanta Cultural Center was vandalized for the second time in two weeks late Tuesday or early Wednesday... In both cases, graffiti about drugs, sex and Satan was spray-painted on the north windows of the building, at 100 S. Weber Drive. Originally, police considered the July 31 vandalism to be...

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Hindus Celebrate Ratha Festival in Stuttgart Streets for First Time

August 8, 2003

Source: INDO Link

http://www.indolink.com/News/NRI/news_080803-190334.php

On August 8, 2003 INDO Link reported, that "a Ratha (chariot) festival was celebrated for the first time in the streets of Stuttgart by the local Indian community last Saturday. Many German residents of the city stretched their necks out of their windows, unbelievingly, as hundreds of Hindus pulled the Elephant God [Ganesha] on a holy vehicle through the streets. For nine days, the Hindus...

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Editorial: Religion and Gay Marriages

August 6, 2003

Source: Tech MIT

http://www-tech.mit.edu/V123/N30/shankar30.30c.html

On August 6, 2003 Tech MIT printed an editorial by Shankar Mukherji stating that "as a religious person, I am deeply offended at the thought that such an inspirational part of my life could be hijacked for such a destructive, mean-spirited purpose. As a practising Hindu, a religion that represents nearly one-sixth of humanity, I can humbly assert that God couldn’t care less about the gender of...

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Interfaith Couple Launches New Organization in Ohio

August 2, 2003

Source: Toledo Blade

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On August 2, 2003 the Toledo Blade reported that "a Toledo couple known for their efforts in promoting interfaith programs have launched a new organization, the Multifaith Council of Northwest Ohio, to better facilitate understanding and acceptance among the area’s diverse religious communities... 'What’s so different about us? We’re all God’s children even though we may take different spiritual paths,' said Woody Trautman, a...

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Conference Held to Examine Impact of Vivekananda's Voyage to the West

August 1, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On August 1, 2003 India Abroad reported that the Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, organized a conference entitled "Impact of Swami Vivekananda's Voyage to the West." It was the first conference of its kind in North America.

Hindu University Will Offer Course to Train Priests

August 1, 2003

Source: India Abroad

On August 1, 2003 India Abroad reported that "the Hindu University in Orlando, Florida, plans a course in Purohitya to train priests for Hindu temples in the United States."

San Marga Iraivan Temple in Hawaii

July 30, 2003

Source: The Honolulu Advertiser

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Jul/31/ln/ln03a.html

On July 30, 2003 The Honolulu Advertiser reported that "San Marga Iraivan Temple, rising on the grounds of the 33-year-old Saiva Siddhanta Church monastery, is built of Indian white granite and formed by Indian stonemasons... It is fulfilling the vision of the late Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, known to his followers as Gurudeva, founder of the church...

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Arizona Hindus Celebrate Ratha-Yatra

July 26, 2003

Source: The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0726nehindu26.html

On July 26, 2003 The Arizona Republic reported that "Hindu worshipers kicked off a three-day festival Friday in Scottsdale that will culminate Sunday morning in the pulling of a decorated chariot down Hayden Road... The festival, known as Ratha-Yatra, or the Chariot Festival or Car Festival, is expected to attract thousands of Hindu worshippers...

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Inter-Faith Ministries in Wichita, Kansas

July 25, 2003

Source: Tolerance.org

http://www.tolerance.org/news/article_tol.jsp?id=816

On July 25, 2003 Tolerance.org reported that "in Wichita, Kansas, one group combines diversity, faith and community service to make the world around them a better, more accepting place... For more than a century, Inter-Faith Ministries has brought together people of all faiths to build inter-religious understanding and promote justice. Currently, membership represents the widest range of faith...

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Update: Kathuria First Sikh to Run for Senate

July 24, 2003

Source: Economist

http://www.economist.com/world/na/displayStory.cfm?story_id=1944402

On July 24, 2003 the Economist reported that "an assembly of Sikhs and Hindus and even a token Muslim set aside their differences and turned out on July 22nd on the roof of a posh downtown high-rise to endorse the first American from the Indian subcontinent ever to run for the Senate... It is not going to be easy for Mr. [Chirinjeev Singh] Kathuria, a millionaire Sikh...

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Dedication of New Hindu Temple in Pennsylvania

July 21, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

On July 21, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "about 2,500 Hindus from around the world attended the dedication of a new Hindu temple (Shree Swaminarayan Spiritual and Cultural Center) at Coplay in northern Lehigh County [PA]... Guru Param Pujya Saheb of India officiated at Sunday's dedication."

Bhagavati Members Deliver Food and Teachings in West Hollywood Streets

July 12, 2003

Source: Ventura County Star

http://www.insidevc.com/vcs/religion_and_ethics/article/0,1375,VCS_151_2104695,00.html

On July 12, 2003 the Ventura County Star reported that "Arnold Pomerantz was once a vice president and division director for Payless Shoesource. Now retired, he and about two dozen other core members of an interfaith community in West Hollywood devote themselves to the teachings of Bhagavati and explain to outsiders why...

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