Hinduism

Hindu American Foundation Writes Letter to California Board of Education Over Textbook Dispute

December 2, 2005

Source: Hinduism Today

http://www.hinduismtoday.com/press_releases/

On December 2, 2005 Suhag Shukla, Legal Counsel for Hinduism Today, wrote a letter to Dr. Norma Baker of the California Board of Education. The following is an excerpt of that letter: "[The Hindu American] Foundation has substantial representation in the State of California and has thus been monitoring closely the 2005 History-Social Science Primary Textbook Adoption process. The Foundation is gravely...

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TemplesOnline.org Launched in Toronto

December 2, 2005

Source: Hindu Press International

On December 2, 2005 Hindu Press International reported, "A unique Hindu website... is launched in Toronto, Canada. TemplesOnline is a new project that connects the Hindu devotees with their temples and helps to promote Hindu culture in Canada & USA. At one level it helps temples in leveraging technology and the other end provide devotees a mechanism to stay connected with the temples. The website provides the following services: reliable & updated temple information; safe & secure online donation mechanism to temples;...

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Hindus, Sikhs Raise Concerns Over Textbook Changes

December 2, 2005

Source: Pacific News Service/India West

http://news.pacificnews.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=1b63d3d5a0a0b090f2681949b840f93f

On December 2, 2005 India West reported, "Some Hindu and Sikh activists in the U.S. who have been trying in recent months to persuade the California Board of Education to adopt curriculum revisions in textbooks for elementary and middle school students say they are unhappy over the direction...

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Connecticut Interfaith Council Hosts Conference of Nine Faiths

December 1, 2005

Source: Hartford Courant

http://www.courant.com/features/lifestyle/hc-interfaith1201.artdec01,0,5736399.story?coll=hc-headlines-life

On December 1, 2005 the Hartford Courant reported, "Members of nine religious faiths will discuss what their beliefs mean to them during a conference Sunday at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford. 'It's an occasion to help the community learn more about the nine religions...

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New York Sikh Community Hosts Interfaith Thanksgiving Feast

December 1, 2005

Source: Martin Marty Center

http://marty-center.uchicago.edu/sightings/archive_2005/1201.shtml

On December 1, 2005 the Martin Marty Center reported, "The Sikh community of New York City hosted a thanksgiving feast for local religious leaders, the NYPD, court officials, and a representative of the DA's office, hoping to initiate a program of hospitality and patriotism—and they succeeded with a little help from the Interfaith Center of New York, which co-...

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Nebraska Interfaith Council Faces Funding Problems in Wake of Katrina and Rita

December 1, 2005

Source: Lincoln Journal Star

http://www.journalstar.com/articles/2005/12/01/local/doc438e2bcbd3680873724401.txt

On December 1, 2005 the Lincoln Journal Star reported, "Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast, but they also dealt a heavy blow to the Lincoln Interfaith Council. The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement failed to renew an annual grant of about $100,000 to support Faces of the Middle East and the African...

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Play Highlights the Necessity of Religious Pluralism

November 29, 2005

Source: Rediff

http://in.rediff.com/news/2005/nov/29us.htm

On November 29, 2005 Rediff reported, "Whenever professor Diana Eck hears of a play such as 'The Hindu and the Cowboy.. and Other Kansas City Stories' staged recently in Kansas City, she feels more than happy. The sympathetic play about divergent cultures and faiths was done in an ecumenical spirit, she says.

Playwright Donna Ziegenhorn, who interviewed scores of Kansas City residents, put their stories...

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Controversy Over Textbook Changes Regarding Hinduism Continues

November 29, 2005

Source: Hindu Press International

On November 29, 2005 Hindu Press International reported, "Attempts to change California's next set of 6th grade social studies books to put Hinduism in a better and more accurate light suffered some setback as the already approved changes to the books were reviewed by a second group of scholars. This group, led by Prof. Witzel of Harvard University, rejected 29% of the changes, mostly those regarding an Aryan influx in early Indian history, and those that dealt with caste and women's rights. A significant change did occur,...

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Sikhs, Jews Hosts Interfaith Diversity Event in New York

November 28, 2005

Source: India Post

http://www.indiapost.com/members/story.php?story_id=5156

On November 28, 2005 the India Post reported, "The American Jewish Committee in association with the Sikh Organization of New York, Multi Faith Forum and Archdiocese of Rockville center hosted the annual Thanksgiving Diversity and Interfaith Breakfast on November 22 to celebrate in thanksgiving the multifaceted ethnicity of America. A Press release by the Sikh Organization of New York...

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Hindu Nationalist Calls for More Hindu Babies, Sparking Outrage

November 28, 2005

Source: Yahoo! News

Wire Service: Reuters

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051128/india_nm/india225269

On November 28, 2005 Reuters reported, "Leading Hindu hardliner K.S. Sudarshan has angered women and Muslims by pressing Hindus to have as many children as they can to avoid being swamped by Muslims. Sudarshan, who heads the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), the ideological parent of the Bharatiya Janata Party which led India until...

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Multi-Religious Event Promotes Tolerance in Lahore

November 28, 2005

Source: Daily Times

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2005%5C11%5C28%5Cstory_28-11-2005_pg7_13

On November 28, 2005 the Daily Times reported, "For the first time in the history of the city, people belonging to different religions celebrated their religious festivals at one platform and stressed the need for interfaith dialogue to promote tolerance in the society with the concept of 'One God'. Muslim, Christian, Sikh,...

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US Hindu Student Council Supports Entry of Non-Indian Hindus into Temples

November 25, 2005

Source: US Hindu Student Council Press Release

On November 25, 2005 a US Hindu Student Council Press Release reported, "The Hindu Students Council is deeply saddened by the denial of entry to a devout American Hindu into the sacred Lingaraj temple in Orissa, India. Several newspapers have reported that the temple custodians have been accused of denying entry to Pamela K. Fleig, who is married to an Indian Hindu, even though she has embraced Hinduism. The custodians allege that no 'foreigner' or 'Christian' is allowed entry into the temple. This is a myopic...

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