Topic / Hinduism

And on the first day, I was an atheist

This is the story of my not so spiritual journey. Let us begin with my upbringing. I was raised in what can be described as an agnostic theist environment. For those unfamiliar with the term, it’s when you believe in a god (or gods), but don’t feel you can know for sure whether it, or […]

Jesus was a Hindu book upsets Christians, who call for a ban

A book first published in 1946 has been re-released in India, much to the annoyance of Christians. According to this report, Ganesh Savarkar’s Christ Parichay – translated into English as Jesus was a Tamil Hindu – claims Jesus was a Brahmin and that Christianity is just a sect of Hinduism. It says his real name […]

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 […]