Hinduism

New Hampshire Hindu Temple Embraces the Goal of Learning

February 29, 2004

Source: The Portsmouth Herald

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/02292004/news/2559.htm

On February 29, 2004 The Portsmouth Herald published a profile of a Hindu temple in Epping, New Hampshire. The article notes, "Gaining wisdom and knowledge is the ultimate Hindu goal, especially for the local community. The temple is named for Brahma’s consort in Hinduism’s female trinity, Saraswati, the goddess of learning. It is the only Saraswati temple in the...

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Being Indian Becomes "Being Hip"

February 28, 2004

Source: Delaware News Journal

http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2004/02/28balancingbetwee.html

On February 28, 2004 Delaware News Journal reported on "thousands of young Indian-Americans in Delaware trying to balance the customs of their South Asian homeland with the vastly different modern culture of America. While many young Indian-Americans were once quick to shed time-honored traditions of India for American ways, more are...

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Indians Contemplate Democratic Candidate

February 27, 2004

Source: India West

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=acbb9728bdda6e767848962b2e206a3c

On February 27, 2004 India West reported, "In spite of the intense political churning in the Democratic presidential primaries that has narrowed the Democratic field to Senator John Kerry and long-shot candidate Senator John Edwards, Indian Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area have been unusually quiet on the...

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Indians Dismayed By Tina Turner's Roles as Hindu Goddess

February 27, 2004

Source: Indo-Asian News Service

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/919_589732,001800010001.htm

On February 27, 2004 Indo-Asian News Service reported, "Some Indians are dismayed at Tina Turner essaying the role of the Hindu goddess Durga in Ismail Merchant's latest film, saying her pop star image is anything but divine. At the centre of the protests is Chicago businessman Avi Verma, who says he is an avid devotee of Durga. Verma, president of the Jai...

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Indian Hindu Group Denies Claims of Misusing Money from UK Charities

February 26, 2004

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3488346.stm

On February 26, 2004 the BBC News reported, "A right wing Hindu organisation in India has strongly denied allegations that it misused money raised from charities in the UK. The denial follows allegations by a British campaign group that activists loyal to the Rashtriya Swayemsevak Sangh (RSS) siphoned off relief money. An RSS spokesman described the allegations as false and baseless. The RRS and other...

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Growing Religious Diversity in South Carolina: Implications for the Palmetto State (2003)

Abstract

This paper documents the growth of religious diversity in South Carolina, drawing on interviews with members from the traditions represented, previous scholarly research on religion in South Carolina, newspaper articles, census data and interviews with religion reporters and educators across the state. After presenting basic outlines and historical sketchs of each faith in South Carolina, the paper goes on to explore the implications of this growing diversity for a Southern "Bible Belt" state like South Carolina, highlighting controversies over...

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Winners Announced in Interfaith Space Competition

February 26, 2004

Source: Market Wire

http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?release_id=63725

On February 26, 2004 Market Wire reported, "The Interfaith Sacred Space International Design Competition today announced four winning entries in the first competition in the history of religion designed specifically to identify concepts for truly interfaith sacred space. The competition's goal is to encourage creation of spaces designed for use by peoples of all faiths, as a...

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Congressmen Deplore Religious Persecution of Christians and Muslims by Hindu Extremists

February 25, 2004

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/003/18.26.html

On February 25, 2004 Christianity Today reported, "A fact-finding team of four U.S. congressmen has raised hopes among Indian Christian leaders fighting persecution. After a weeklong tour in January requested by Indian Christians, Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.) expressed shock at the persecution. We are touched by the suffering of the Christian and Muslim minorities at the hands of Hindu...

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Muslim and Hindu Responses to th Passion

February 24, 2004

Source: Newsday

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/movies/nyc-reli0225,0,4635957.story

On February 24, 2004 Newsday reported on the reactions by Hindus, Muslims, Jews, and Christians to Mel Gibson's "The Passion." Rajeesh Persaud, a Hindu who is seven years out of his native Guyana,notes in the article that "nobody should speak against another's religion. I would hope Mr. Mel Gibson would not make people become intolerant."Hassan Numan, a...

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Community Helps Hindus Raise Money to Rebuild Temple

February 21, 2004

Source: Hamilton Spectator

On February 21, 2004 the Hamilton Spectator reported, "When the Hindu Samaj Temple was destroyed in a case of hate-inspired arson after 9/11, the whole community suffered from the loss of a place to worship. Shortly after the calamity, the community pulled together and formed an organization called Strengthening Hamilton Community Initiative. The mission of the organization is to create harmony among the minorities of the city. Recently Police Chief Brian Mullan attended a meeting of the Initiative, and this is when he found out...

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Update: Compromise Reached in Hindu Temple Zoning Dispute

February 19, 2004

Source: Queens Chronicle

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=10995578&BRD=1862&PAG=461&dept_id=152512&rfi=6

On February 19, 2004 Queens Chronicle reported, "The president of the Holliswood Civic Association and the Building Committee chairman of the Vaishnava Temple of New York agreed to a compromise at last week’s Community Board 8 meeting that would allow the religious institution to expand while addressing concerns...

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Political Party of Buddhist Monks Hopes to Gain Control of Country

February 18, 2004

Source: The Hindu

http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/holnus/00318191560.htm

On February 18, 2004 The Hindu reported, "Sri Lanka's Buddhist monks, who won a place in history by entering an all-clergy list of candidates of a political party, today said they hoped to become the country's new king-makers by displacing Tamils. 'With the kind of numbers of Buddhists in the country, we should at least in theory have the possibility of becoming the main decisive power,'...

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