Topic / Hinduism

Islamists in Bangladesh slaughter a Hindu priest

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the hacking death of a Hindu priest during an attack on a temple in Bangladesh yesterday. According to this report, Jogeshwar Roy, 55, who was organising prayers at the Deviganj temple near Panchagarh, about 300 miles north of the capital Dhaka, was attacked by five or six […]

NSS President furious over theme of LGBT History Month

Writing this week for Gay Star News under the headline ‘How did LGBT History Month get hijacked by the gay community’s worst enemy?’, National Secular Society President Terry Sanderson, above, deplored the fact that organisers had chosen to include religion in this year’s event. I thought LGBT History Month was supposed to be a celebration […]

Indian court rejects misogyny case against Hindu god Ram

Indian lawyer Chandan Kumar Singh, above, has been heavily criticised for bringing a court action against the god Ram, hero of the Ramayana, the Sanskrit epic of 24,000 stanzas. Singh told the BBC that he took the action because he felt “Lord Ram was unjust to his wife Sita”, and he wanted a court in […]

India’s Supreme Court will reconsider anti-gay legislation

In 2013, extremist religious groups in India challenged a 2009 High Court decision to decriminalise homosexuality – and to the disgust of thousands, they won. The High Court originally quashed a part of Section 377 (punishment for unnatural sex),which criminalised consensual sexual acts between adults in private. It found that the provision violated the fundamental […]

Machine needed to check ‘purity’ of Indian women

Prayar Gopalakrishnan, above, the new head of the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala, sparked outrage after saying that women would only be allowed to enter the temple after a machine was invented to check their ‘purity’. According to this report, Gopalakrishnan told reporters at the Kollam Press Club: These days there are machines that can scan […]

Godless kids more generous & tolerant

A new American study indicates that young children brought up in faith-free environments are more likely to be generous and tolerant than those who grow up in religious households. Published in the Current Biology journal, The Negative Association between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism Across the World‘s findings are in line with previous research among adults […]

Goddess tattoo angers Hindu zealots

Angry Hindus threatened to ‘skin’ a young Australian visitor to India after they spotted an ‘offensive’ tattoo on one of his shins. The image 21-year-old Matthew Gordon chose to have inked on the leg depicts fertility goddess Yellamma – and this prompted around a dozen right-wing Hindu nationalists target the tourist and his girlfriend Emily Kassianou, […]

Hindu dentist was branded a ‘witch’

Whilst working as a contractor at a ‘devoutly Christian’ US Air Force dental clinic at Fort Meade, Maryland, Deborah Schoenfeld, above, was allegedly branded a ‘witch’ and subjected to harassment over her Hindu faith – and was then sacked after she complained. According to Air Force Times, two of her former co-workers – speaking on condition […]

Indian rationalist M M Kalburgi shot dead

Renowned Indian scholar and rationalist, M M Kalburgi, has been killed after being shot by unidentified men in the southern state of Karnataka. According to this report, police said that two men came to Kalburgi’s residence in the town of Dharwad, nearly 400km from Bangalore, and shot him after he opened the door yesterday morning. Kalburgi, […]

No place here for for Hindu Lord Hanuman

The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office has denied a request from the Universal Society of Hinduism to place a privately funded Hindu statue of Lord Hanuman on Capitol grounds. According to this report, The Hindu society and a number of other organisations have been pushing for the erection of their their own monuments on the […]