Topic / Hinduism

Forget garlic, it’s cow pee you need to keep Dracula at bay

A government agency in India established to protect cows has claimed that that the sprinkling of the animals’ urine can protect people from ‘evil forces like Dracula and Satan’. According to The Times of India, the Gauseva and Gauchar Vikas Board, made the claim in a document called Aarogya Geeta, which sets out  the benefits of […]

Violent protests scupper an atheist convention in India

A two-day atheism convention that was to commence in Mathura yesterday was called off after violent protests by local religious leaders and the public. The conference had been organised by Swami Balendu, above, a former Hindu preacher and spiritual guru who became an atheist. Confirming the cancellation of the convention at Balendu’s ashram in Mathura, Alok […]

Danish editor sparks free speech row in South Africa

Flemming Rose, above, of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, was due to deliver an academic freedom lecture in August to students at the University of Cape Town, but, because the university’s administration considers him to be ‘a security risk’, his invitation has been rescinded. According to this report, as culture editor of Jyllands-Posten, Rose commissioned cartoons […]

Charlatan appointed Trump’s Christian policy advisor

Frank Amedia, of Touch Heaven Ministries in Ohio, above, is a self-proclaimed faith-healing prophet who believes he can perform ‘miracles’, including controlling the weather. According to this report, Trump has taken on Amedia as his new “liaison for Christian policy”. Amedia is a controversial televangelist associated with the New Apostolic Reformation. His biography on his […]

UK scientist helps Christian cult to promote creationism

The Jehovah’s Witness bagged themselves a Big One when they got Professor Raj Kalaria, above, to speak about his belief in creationism in a new video posted online by the cult. Keralia is currently a deputy director of the Newcastle Centre for Brain Ageing and Vitality, Newcastle, and a professor of neuropathology at Newcastle University, […]

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 […]