In God We Trust. WAS CHALLENGED IN US COURT: Guess Who Won. Almost 70 years ago, Walter Plywaski fought for the right of atheists to become U.S. citizens and won. He died of the Coronavirus early this year. In August 1952, Plywaski, a Hungarian refugee, petitioned for U.S. citizenship while in Hawaii. All he... Read More
Fasting may have become a health fad, but religious communities have been doing it formillennia Iqbal Akhtar, Florida International University The practice of fasting has entered popular culture in recent years as a way to lose extra pounds. Featured in the bestselling book The Fast Diet, it advocates eating normally on select days of the... Read More
It did not take long to realize that the modern world we inhabit had evolved not in one of its provinces, namely Europe, nor in a limited frame of time, between the 17th, 18th and 20th centuries; indeed all societies and all civilizations had contributed to its evolution through all periods of human habitation in... Read More
Sunita Viswanath and Deepak Joshi One of the core principles of Hinduism isahimsa,or non-harm. And yet we are perturbed by a trend in our Hindu communities that when Hindus perpetrate violence, especially against non-Hindus, other Hindus feel compelled to rush to their defence. Three years ago in Kathua, Jammu, an eight-year-old Muslim girl from... Read More
by Promod Puri Indeed, it is in danger because a Muslim boy entered a temple premises to quench his thirst from a water tap inside. A Hindu-Muslim couple travels together on a train. A Muslim girl is in love with a Hindu boy and marries him. A Muslim man marries four women to produce more... Read More
(Based on an essay by Mekhi Dhesi in the blog Rationalising The Universe) Does humanity face a permanent extinction tomorrow, day after tomorrow, a few years, or thousands, millions, or billions of years from now? When will the curtain be down both for the human species and our companions in nature? Two factors can cause... Read More
s the Bible or other religious volumes have ritualistic values only on such occasions. Or they offer spiritual inspirations as well. Whatever the reason is, politics has a dependency on religion both for ritualistic functioning and spiritual guidance.
As the year 2020 departs just at the moment clock hits midnight, we welcome the arrival of 2021. Two images get conceived; one moves in, another moves out. These are like two individual personalities, the new and the old one. But what is the difference besides the old and new names, 2020 and 2021? We... Read More