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Jews Protest Christian "Synagogues"
Posted on 2001/7/7 23:44:02 ( 709 reads )


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MONSEY, NEW YORK, July 8, 2001: In case you are worried about the recent development of Christian "bhajana" (Hindu-style devotional songs) or the Catholic mass conducted much like a Hindu temple ceremony, check out this site. The Jews are faced with an entire movement called "Messianic Synagogues." Writes Rabbi Tovia Singer at this web site, "Such congregations are designed to appear Jewish, but they are actually fundamentalist Christian churches which use traditional Jewish symbols to lure the most vulnerable of our Jewish people into their ranks. Messianic 'rabbis,' many of whom are Jewish by birth, are committed to bringing the Jewish people to know Jesus. Their agenda is to make Christianity more palatable to the uneducated Jew, and to the astonishment and horror of the Jewish community, their marketing ploys are proving to be successful."




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New Approach to a Discoloring Skin Disorder
Posted on 2001/7/7 23:43:02 ( 711 reads )


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NEW YORK, USA, July 3, 2001: About one to two percent percent of Americans have vitilego, a loss of pigment causing white patches to appear on the skin. While the condition is not contagious, painful, itchy or dangerous, the disfigurement it can be -- especially for dark-skinned people -- profoundly damaging socially, professionally and psychologically. In India, vitilego is referred to as "white leprosy," and women with it are often discriminated against in marriage. If they develop vitilego after marriage, it can be cause for divorce. Vitilego results from the loss of melanocytes. These are the skin cells that produce melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. This report describes several new advances in treatment.




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Germans Slammed For Racial Intolerence
Posted on 2001/7/6 23:49:02 ( 712 reads )


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STRASBOURG, FRANCE, July 4, 2001: The Council of Europe said yesterday it was deeply concerned about racism and anti-semitism in Germany, slamming a broad political atmosphere of intolerance and apathy toward racist attacks in the country. Its latest report on racism and intolerance notes that the causes of racist attacks include open and latent racism and anti-semitism and a generally apathetic attitude towards such attacks. The Council's European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) identified racism in housing, education and employment and expressed concern over asylum seekers being deported to countries where they risked human-rights violations. More generally, there was concern about a culture of intolerance. A Hindu father in Germany wrote to Hindu Press International a few days ago to say that the local authorities refused to register the Hindu name of his new-born daughter, stating that it was the "law" that she had to have a German given name. Any readers of HPI familiar with Germany law in this regard are requested to contact hpi@hindu.org.




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Man on Trial for Murder of UK Hindu Priest
Posted on 2001/7/6 23:48:02 ( 714 reads )


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LONDON, ENGLAND, July 3, 2001: The trial of a man accused of murdering a well-known Hindu priest has begun at Nottingham Crown Court. Harish Purohit, a high-profile member of Leicester's Hindu community, bled to death after being stabbed 16 times in October last year. Dean Riddell, 26, admits killing Harish Purohit by stabbing him in the neck, chest, back and abdomen, but denies murder. Mr Riddell, of no fixed address, says he stabbed Mr Purohit in self-defence after the priest abducted him and tried to sexually assault him. The killing of Harish and the subsequent revelations regarding his personal life shocked the Hindu community.




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Pilgrimage to Amarnath Cave
Posted on 2001/7/6 23:47:02 ( 706 reads )


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JAMMU, INDIA, July 1, 2001: Despite the fact that more than 30,000 people have been killed in Kashmir since 1989 due to the state's Muslim majority protesting being part of Hindu India, religious fervor by Hindus is still predominant. It is expected that over 100,000 Hindu pilgrims will make the journey from Jammu to the Amarnath Cave. Situated in the Himalayan mountain range, an icy stalagmite is worshipped in this cave as a murthi of Lord Siva. The state has upped security personnel to 15,000 to guard the devotees during the month-long pilgrimage.




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Gunbattle Delays Hindu pilgrims
Posted on 2001/7/6 23:46:02 ( 765 reads )


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JAMMU, KASHMIR, July 6, 2001: The authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir say a gunbattle between militants and security forces on the Jammu-Srinagar highway has delayed a convoy of Hindu pilgrims going to Amarnath. At least three Indian security personnel and a militant were killed. A pro-Pakistani group, Lashkar-e-Toiba, said it was involved in the clash. Some 4,000 pilgrims later left Jammu for Pahalgam in Indian-adminstered Kashmir in a convoy of 200 trucks. Pahalgam is the base-camp for the Amarnath pilgrimage. Heavy security is in place for the pilgrimage. In other incidents, ten militants and two Indian security personnel have been killed in Indian-adminstered Kashmir since Thursday night




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USDA Denies Slaughter Allegations
Posted on 2001/7/6 23:45:02 ( 712 reads )


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WASHINGTON, USA, July 6, 2001: The US government's Agriculture Department denies allegations by Burger King Corp. that government inspectors are failing to enforce humane-handling standards in slaughterhouses. In a recent letter to Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, Burger King chief executive John Dasburg said the department's enforcement of the Humane Slaughter Act was unacceptable. The law requires that animals be treated humanely and rendered unconscious before being slaughtered. "We are fully enforcing the law," spokesman Kevin Herglotz said Friday. Animals welfare experts say that conditions in packing plants have improved significantly over the last two years because of plant inspections undertaken by Burger King's competitors, McDonald's and Wendy's. Burger King announced June 28 that it would also start an inspection program but simultaneously petitioned USDA to improve its own enforcement. Officials with Burger King and the Agriculture Department are expected to meet later this month or early August to discuss the company's complaint.




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Christian Evangelists Pray For India
Posted on 2001/7/6 23:44:02 ( 773 reads )


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CANADA, July 5, 2001: The Christian "Voice of the Martyrs" issued the following "Persecution and Prayer Alert" for India today: "As numbers of lower caste Indians embrace Christ, and in the face of the increasingly violence against Christians in India at the hands of Hindu militants, Dr. Joseph D'Souza, President of the All India Christian Council, is asking for Christians from around the world to pray for his nation during the month of July. God is mightily at work in India and so it should not surprise us that persecution should be on the rise as well. According to Dr. D'Souza, India needs worldwide prayer for the following: 1. Peace among communities in the midst of tumultuous changes. It is difficult to imagine how the Hindu extremists will respond to this. May they see the aspirations and cries of a people who are looking for social and spiritual deliverance. May they not resort to violence and the killing of innocent people. 2. Pray for the Dalit leadership in the nation and the leaders of the Other Backward Castes, as their people look to them to provide support and strength during this time of change. The Dalits and OBC's together make up 75% of the Indian population. 3. Pray for the Indian Church. Pray there will be no compromise by any section of the Church. Pray that the hearts of the Indian Church leaders will be big and courageous to welcome all those who want to come to the Christian faith for the spiritual and social needs. 4. Pray for the social needs of India's majority peoples, especially their need for quality education." This last item we take to mean to continue to provide education in Christian schools for Hindus as a means of covert evangelism.




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Survey Reveals Surge in Muslim Worshipers
Posted on 2001/7/6 23:43:02 ( 789 reads )


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INDIANAPOLIS, USA, July 5, 2001: Mosques in America are generally places with a growing community of believers that have a vital spiritual life and offer social services to the faithful, says Ihsan Bagby, the leader of the first comprehensive survey of Islam in the United States. Bagby of Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., led a project in which the leaders of 416 of America's roughly 1,200 mosques were interviewed last year. Today, an estimated 6 million to 7 million Americans consider themselves orthodox Muslims. Bagby, said 77 percent of the imams and other mosque leaders reported increases in the number of regular participants over the previous five years, with 61 percent of mosques seeing 10 percent growth or more. "We are probably experiencing the greatest growth rates of any faith group in America," said Bagby, a former United Methodist who converted to Islam 32 years ago.




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American Press Loves Mata Amritanandamayi
Posted on 2001/7/2 23:49:02 ( 820 reads )


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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, June 29, 2001: Mata Amritanandamayi has changed a lot of people's lives for the better, but her greatest miracle in America may have been melting the hearts of one mainstream journalist after another across the country. Reverential articles have appeared about her in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. These are among the nation's most prestigious newspapers. Their take on Hindu religious figures is, shall we say, sometimes less than laudatory. This latest article, in Chicago's equally prestigious Sun Times, by Cathleen Falsani, announces Mataji's upcoming visit to the city. "Next week, just in time for Fourth of July celebrations, a middle-age woman from India will come to town with the sole purpose of giving away free hugs. Hugs and pats on the back and kisses on the head and chucks on the chin. For free. No strings attached. And nothing creepy. Her name is Mata Amritanandamayi, but most people call her Amma, Ammachi, or simply, Mother. She's a 47-year-old Hindu holy woman from the Kerala state in India who, for the last dozen years or so, has been coming to the United States each summer to hug people. Many who have been held in her arms say it's a healing embrace. Sometimes the healing is physical, they say. More often, it's emotional and spiritual."




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TV Station Takes Temples Live India-Wide
Posted on 2001/7/2 23:48:02 ( 775 reads )


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MUMBAI, INDIA, July 3, 2001: Sanskar TV is India's first 24-hour channel to cover Indian culture, heritage and traditions. A press release from Sanskar says they devote 80% of the channel time to video of temple worship and devotional singing and music. They announced today that for the next month, beginning July 5, they will have air video of the major and minor Siva Lingam shrines, beginning with Mount Kailas itself. For more information, contact by e-mail "source" above.




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Scientist in Britain Collects Data to Confirm Near Death Experience
Posted on 2001/7/2 23:47:02 ( 801 reads )


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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, June 28, 2001: Doctor Sam Parnia of Southampton General Hospital in England, published the results of his study of 63 heart attack patients who were declared clinically dead but later revived in the February issue of the journal Resuscitation. This study has revitalized the age-old question as to whether there is life after death and the existence of the human soul. Parnia presents his research to Caltech scientists in Los Angeles last week. Fifty-six of his initial patients did not recall any memories of the time they were unconscious. The remaining seven did have memories and of these seven, four had Near-Death Experiences. Recalling that they could still think, reason, and communicate after the doctors declared that their brains were not operating, these four also reported feelings of peace and a heightened awareness. Prompted by the success of his study, Parnia and his associates have since interviewed more than 3,500 people who have vivid memories of the time when they were declared clinically dead and later revived. Quoting Doctor Parnia, "When these people are having experiences they say, 'I had this intense pain in my chest and suddenly I was drifting in the corner of my room and I was so happy, so comfortable. I looked down and realized I was seeing my body and doctors all around me trying to save me and I did not want to go back.' "




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Nun Fined For Torturing Girl
Posted on 2001/7/1 23:49:02 ( 734 reads )


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KOLKATA, INDIA, JULY 01, 2001: A nun from the order founded by Mother Teresa was fined by a court for torturing a 12-year-old girl. Sister Francisca, 70, from the Missionaries of Charity order, admitted to the court in Kolkata on Saturday that she had put a hot knife on the girl's hand because the girl stole a few pieces of bread. The incident happened in June last year at the Mahatma Gandhi Welfare Missionary of Charity school in the city, where the girl was a pupil. The case came to court after the father of the girl lodged a complaint against the order. In a voice choked with emotion, Sister Francisca admitted the crime to the court and was fined US$21.74. The Missionaries of Charity order was set up by Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa in 1950.




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Site of Nepal's Palace Massacre to be Demolished
Posted on 2001/7/1 23:48:02 ( 770 reads )


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KATHMANDU, NEPAL, July 2, 2001: The building at the Narayanhity Royal Palace in Kathmandu, the site of the June one massacre, is to be demolished, a newspaper reported on Monday. Nepalese Queen Mother Ratna has ordered the building be demolished as it constantly reminds her of the horrendous event, the Naya Sadak newspaper wrote. The building was Crown Prince Dipendra's residence in the palace complex. Nepal's popular King Birendra and Queen Aishwarya were among 10 people killed in the massacre reportedly carried out by Crown Prince Dipendra. After shooting nine people, Prince Dipendra turned the gun on himself, committing suicide. Queen Mother Ratna was one of the survivors of the massacre. Work to pull down the building, called the "Tribhuvan Sadan" in Nepalese, will begin this week, the newspaper said quoting its source at the royal palace.




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Yoga On The Beach
Posted on 2001/7/1 23:47:02 ( 768 reads )


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MIAMI, FLORIDA, June 30, 2001: Since 1996, Peter Rickman has been sharing the grace and joy of yoga on a strip of sand behind his Millionaire's row condo off Collins Ave. He has studied yoga in New York and India for more than 25 years. Classes are held amid sunsets and star-lit nights in the winter, and ocean blue skies and bright sunshine in the summer. With Yoga on the Beach, asanas are gentle and brief, as appropriate to the youngsters as to the grandmas who take the class, "No stress, no strain," Rickman will say. The class strives for constant change, incorporating elements from Japanese Zen, tai-chi, Korean meditation, ayurveda and other eastern methodologies.




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