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Americans Express Increasingly "Warm Feelings" Toward Religious Groups, Including Hindus

Posted on 2017/2/17 20:19:43 ( 421 reads )


UNITED STATES, February 15, 2017 (Pew Forum): On the heels of a contentious election year in which partisan politics increasingly divided Americans, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that when it comes to religion, Americans generally express more positive feelings toward various religious groups today than they did just a few years ago. Asked to rate a variety of groups on a "feeling thermometer" ranging from 0 to 100, U.S. adults give nearly all groups warmer ratings than they did in a June 2014 Pew Research Center survey.

While Americans still feel coolest toward Muslims and atheists, mean ratings for these two groups increased from a somewhat chilly 40 and 41 degrees, respectively, to more neutral ratings of 48 and 50. Jews and Catholics continue to be among the groups that receive the warmest ratings - even warmer than in 2014.

Evangelical Christians, rated relatively warmly at 61 degrees, are the only group for which the mean rating did not change since the question was last asked in 2014. Americans' feelings toward Mormons and Hindus have shifted from relatively neutral places on the thermometer to somewhat warmer ratings of 54 and 58, respectively. Ratings of Buddhists rose from 53 to 60. However, the mean ratings given to particular religious groups still vary widely depending on who is being asked.

Much more at "source" above.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/2/17 20:19:32 ( 238 reads )


Many there are who do not even hear of Atman; though hearing of Him, many do not comprehend. Wonderful is the expounder and rare the hearer; rare indeed is the experiencer of Atman taught by an able preceptor.
-- Katha Upanishad, 1.2.7

British Hindus Express Disappointment Over Bank of England Five Pound Note Animal Fat Decision

Posted on 2017/2/16 19:17:54 ( 318 reads )


UNITED KINGDOM, February 15, 2017 (Independent): Members of the British Hindu community expressed deep disappointment on Wednesday after the Bank of England confirmed it will keep its five pound note with traces of animal fat in circulation. Last year, a number of Hindu temples banned the new five pound note after it emerged they contain the tallow.

Satish Sharma, the general secretary of the National Council of Hindu Temples, on Wednesday told the Independent that the Bank "completely ignored" the community's concerns despite an encouraging meeting with the chief cashier of the Bank of England. Mr. Sharma said that members of his community will now be hit with a "crisis of conscious" as they will have to choose between taking a "financial hit" from not using the notes or going against their moral and religious beliefs. He said that the organization will now be seeking legal advice over the Bank's decision.

Since the banknotes were introduced into circulation in September last year, more than 120,000 people have signed a petition calling for the tallow to be removed. But the Bank refused to yield to pressure from protest groups and on Wednesday said it will not pull any of the existing five pound notes from circulation and will print the ten pound notes as planned on the same paper.

Daily Inspiration

Posted on 2017/2/16 19:17:43 ( 187 reads )


There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point; that is the secret.
-- Swami Vivekananda

India Rejects Report of U.S. Faith Panel

Posted on 2017/2/15 20:10:00 ( 375 reads )


NEW DELHI, INDIA, February 10, 2017 (The Hindu): India on Thursday rejected criticism from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) that religious minorities in the country continued to face vigilantism and constitutional challenges. At the weekly briefing, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said the USCIRF had no locus standi to assess religious freedom in India. "We had rejected the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom's Annual Reports in the past as well. We have serious doubts on their credibility," Mr. Swarup said. The report is titled "Constitutional and Legal Challenges Faced by Religious Minorities in India."

See the evaluation of the Hindu American Foundation:

https://swarajyamag.com/ideas/us-relig ... ilt-to-peddle-hinduphobia

Access the USCIRF report: here

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