Sunday, 13 January 2013

Tulsi Gabbard: first Hindu in US Congress

Militant Muslims massacre other sects in Pakistan, atheists open UK church and Tulsi Gabbard becomes first Hindu in US Congress

Tulsi Gabbard, first HIndu member of US Congress

The last week has seen child abuse and domestic violence dominate headliens. In the UK the Jimmy Savile enquiry revealed his abuse was prolific and predatory, whilst in India five suspects were arrested over the torture, rape and murder of a Medical Intern on a bus. Meanwhile Sara Ege, herself the victim of domestic violence, was convicted of beating her seven year old son to death because he could not learn Quranic verses fast enough.

In Pakistan, militant Sunni group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of 81 Shia Muslims. A billiards hall had been targeted on Thursday by radical Sunnis who consider the Shia population, many of whom have migrated to the area from neighbouring Afghanistan, heretics. Two bomb blasts severely damaged the three storey building as well as nearby shops, homes and offices. In 2012, the bloodiest year so far for Shia’s in Pakistan according to Human Rights Watch, around 400 have been killed, including 120 in the Baluchistan province.

In Washington, the first Hindu Member of Congress, Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii, has been sworn in as a Democratic Representative. It is estimated that there are approximately 1.79 million Hindus in the US and just over 1 billion worldwide, making it the third largest religion after Christianity and Islam.

Meanwhile in London this week saw the first Atheist Church opened. The building will be holding a monthly service. The so called ‘Church’, founded by two comedians, Pippa Evans and Sanderson Jones, will be partly a show and it will be interesting to see how things develop in the future.

It was confirmed late last week that the Church of England has lifted its’ ban on homosexual male clergy who are in civil partnerships from becoming bishops, as long as they remain celibate. The issue will probably continue to split the 80 million strong global Anglican community.

Girl Guiding UK could remove the word 'God' from the Girl Guide Promise. Julie Bentley, the new Chief Executive of Girl Guiding UK has initiated a consultation which would majorly reform the traditional Girl Guide Promise which mentions both ‘loving my God’ and ‘serving the Queen’. The consultation, which is open till March, allows both members and non members to vote and offers a range of possible alternative words. If changes go ahead, this will be a major shake up for the 102 year old organisation. @newreligionEU
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