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July 10th, 2011
01:00 AM ET

In Texas, young Hindus want to Americanize ancient faith

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Houston, Texas (CNN) - In many ways, 29-year-old Rishi Bhutada is a traditional Hindu, not so different from his Indian-born parents.

An officer at his dad’s pipefitting company, Texas-born Bhutada had an arranged marriage in India three years ago and then brought his wife back to his hometown, where they recently welcomed a son.

Bhutada is a strict vegetarian and avoids alcohol, as do many observant Hindus.

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And the dashboard of his Toyota Prius is adorned with a small metal statue of Ganesh, an elephant-headed Hindu god known as the remover of obstacles. Bhutada prays to it each morning before leaving his driveway.

And yet Bhutada is a different kind of Hindu than his mom and dad.

His parents were part of a major wave of Indians who arrived in the U.S. in the 1960s and ’70s and focused their religious lives on building a community of believers and temples around Houston, which was then a Hindu wilderness.

Bhutada, by contrast, wants his religion to step out from that now-well-established Hindu hive to engage the broader culture.

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Driving to lunch recently at a strip mall Indian buffet, he spoke of trying to forge a distinctly American Hindu identity that’s more tightly woven into the national fabric.

“The immigrant generation is focused on India, on the home country,” he said, noting that the TV in his parents’ house is often turned to a Hindi-language channel beamed in from the subcontinent. “I’m focused on the United States, which is my home country.”

That helps explain why a national group he’s involved with, the Hindu American Foundation, recently launched a Take Back Yoga campaign, aimed at raising awareness about the practice’s Hindu roots and values among non-Hindus.

And it's why Bhutada testified at the Capitol in Austin last year against a statewide school curriculum that calls Hinduism a polytheistic religion, a characterization many Hindus reject.

And it's why one area temple has begun placing copies of the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu scripture, in thousands of Texas hotel rooms, right next to the Gideon Bible.

The developments speak to a new, publicly assertive stance that’s shared by many first-generation American Hindus across Houston, home to one of the country’s largest and fastest growing Indian enclaves, and by many young Hindus across the nation.

“Our parents had to build everything from scratch to make a united Hindu community in this country,” said Tejas N. Dave, 17, a high school junior who volunteers with a project bringing yoga to unprivileged Americans.

“Now we’re trying to reintegrate it back into society,” he said, “to make people realize that Hinduism is a religion and a way of life and a philosophy that’s not too different from what a lot of others believe. We’re all trying to make a better society.”

Some young Hindus are envious of the attention that American Muslims and Mormons have received in recent years – even if not all of the attention has been positive – and are trying to raise Hinduism’s national profile.

The impulse is not about winning converts. Hinduism, the world’s third-largest religion, doesn’t proselytize.

Rather, many young Hindus say, it’s about making their faith less exotic to others while making it more meaningful to their own modern American lives.

When their parents arrived from India a few decades ago, it was hard enough just being Hindu.

The Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, which overhauled the U.S. immigration system by eliminating biases toward European immigrants, among other things, opened American doors to millions of Asian immigrants, including Indians.

Those first arrivals struggled to recreate ethnic and religious networks from back home. When Bhutada’s father, Ramesh Bhutada, arrived in the U.S. in 1968, Houston played host to a single Hindu temple, which had opened earlier that year.

It was a stark change from India, where Hindus can stop into seemingly ubiquitous temples every day for brief visits, helping explain why so many Indians say “Hinduism is a way of life.”

There were more prosaic struggles, too. Many Hindus believe that vegetarianism denotes religious purity and a commitment to nonviolence, but they struggled to maintain that tradition in what was then a very meat-centric American diet.

“There was not even anything like a vegetable burger in those days,” Ramesh Bhutada said.

In those early years, new Hindu arrivals turned their homes into makeshift temples, holding religious education classes for their American-born children.

“There would be kids’ activities in one bedroom and adults in another,” said Dhruval Amin, 28, a Houston-based project manager at an international consulting firm, recalling childhood visits to such homes.

Today, Amin worships at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a sprawling, snow-white temple carved from Italian marble and Turkish limestone that sits on 22 manicured acres in Stafford, just south of Houston.

Opened in 2004, the temple is a proud symbol of the local Hindu community’s growth and prosperity, though it’s a story that’s hardly confined to Houston.

The U.S. Census does not track the number of Hindu Americans; the Census doesn’t ask about religion, period. But data from the 2010 Census show that Texas’ Asian Indian population nearly doubled in size in the past decade, to around 250,000.

Now, for the first time, Indians represent the largest Asian community in the state. Many were drawn by lucrative jobs in Texas’s booming oil, technology and medical sectors.

“A lot of the doctors in small metro markets across Texas are first- or second-generation Indians,” said Ray Perryman, who heads an economic research firm in Waco, Texas. “And the top two or three students in every high school tend to be from some part of Asia.”

Similar trends have emerged in other parts of the country. Nationally, Indian growth has surged by 60% in the past 10 years, according to the Census, with 2.8 million Asian Indians living in the U.S. today.

Indians now represent the country’s second-largest Asian group, after the Chinese.

They’re also among the nation’s most successful ethnic groups, with 71% of Asian Indians earning bachelor’s degrees or higher, compared with 28% of all Americans, according to data from the U.S. Census’s 2009 American Community Survey.

The survey reported that Asian Indians have median household incomes of more than $90,000, compared with $50,000 for all Americans.

Not everyone from that community is Hindu. India’s Christian, Muslim, Sikh and Jain minorities are also represented in the United States.

At a recent yoga class at Houston’s India House, a community center, the instructor was Hindu, and most participants were Indian, but half were Catholic, Methodist or another kind of Christian.

When the instructor, Sarika Phalak, leads open and closing prayers that reference God, she invites participants to speak the name of their own deity. Many say “Jesus.”

Still, Hindu growth around Houston has exploded in recent years, with 19 temples now scattered across the sprawling metropolitan area, most built just in the past decade.

Temple-based Hindu youth camps long ago replaced home-based classes. And several national Hindu organizations now call Houston home.

The city’s Hindu onslaught put Charu Krishna Thammavaram, 28, in closer touch with her religion when she relocated from Lafayette, Louisiana, three years ago.

“I feel like a born-again Hindu now,” said Thammavaram, who works for an India-focused humanitarian group called Ekal Vidyalaya, which is headquartered in Houston.

In Louisiana, the lone “nearby” temple was an hour’s drive from Thammavaram’s home. Here, she had her choice of temples and settled on a Hare Krishna temple after shopping around, just as many Americans of other faiths do.

For many young Hindus, tweaking their religious heritage to make it more relevant has become an important project.

“My parents were just immersed in Hinduism, starting every day with prayer and accepting it without question,” said Kavita Pallod, a native Houstonian and first-generation American who recently graduated college. “But I don’t start my days with prayer. And Hinduism is something I’ve questioned and debated with friends.”

Yet Pallod, 23, has spent a good deal of time thinking about how to apply her faith to her life. “I believe that karma is the principal that guides the universe,” she said, referring to the Hindu concept of cosmic justice. “It’s one of the reasons I joined Teach for America.”

Pallod, who’s training for the teaching program this summer, was speaking at Star Pipe Products, the pipefitting distributor where Rishi Bhutada works and that his father, Ramesh, founded in 1982.

Situated at the end of a bland industrial drive on the city’s west end, the company doubles as a meeting place for local Hindus.

Among its warren of warehouse and offices spaces is a community center where a mural of Swami Vivekananda, a famous 19th-century spiritual leader who introduced the faith to the United States, fills the back wall.

But like the younger Bhutada, Pallod is intent on taking her religion outside officially Hindu spaces. As the president of the Hindus Student Association at the University of Texas at Austin until her graduation in May, she focused on introducing Hinduism to non-Hindu students.

Last spring, her group went all out to get non-Hindus to participate in Holi, a Hindu festival that involves throwing colored powder and water – often at other people – in a playful, rainbow-like spectacle.

“We wanted them to actually experience it themselves as opposed to just sitting there passively,” Pallod said of the event. “We wanted to teach that the colors are all about eliminating differences by making everyone look the same.”

The festival drew about 2,000 people, with many enthusiastically throwing colored powder at one another in the shadow the state Capitol. It was the kind of scene that Indian immigrant parents could have never imagined.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Content Partner • Hinduism • Interfaith issues • Texas

soundoff (2,004 Responses)
  1. ron 12

    @ Sam

    Saturn disc is just a trolling Pakistani....he is regurgitating the same old rants that are found on hate sites. He posted at least 20 times till now....can understand his frustration with all the negative press abt Pakistan these days.

    July 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • saturndisc

      Also I know how these so called hindus think...anyone who does not follow thir dictat is a pakistani or firangi (westerner).

      July 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
  2. Vril

    Muhammed was a blackman raping and killing little babies in the middleeast......

    July 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  3. GG1000

    I'm sure that this ancient and peaceful religion can survive and adapt to Americanism as it has adapted to so many changes over the centuries. If you want to work, participate in society, vote and respect American principlies, what church/temple/mosque you choose to attend is your business.

    July 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  4. Does not matter

    You have lot of anger. Religion is supposed to help with anger. Whatever religion you joined has not helped you buddy. Maybe you should try another religion

    July 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  5. DB

    Best religion is the one that says you are responsible for your actions and humanity needs to take care of each other, ie, help fight diseases, and flush out dictators who kill and suppress human spirit. If you believe in anything more, such as life after death, souls, or being 'saved,' you've just allowed yourself to be conned by religious salesmanship.

    July 10, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  6. rajalakshmi

    migrating to another country for whatever reasons and wanting to make it your home is all well and dandy but trying to propagate your religion in that country is senseless. people trying to do this need to take a minute to think how they would feel if people are trying to propagate other religions like christianity and islam in their country the same way. tin india they are killing christians and muslims and yet they want to impose hinduism on people in india and all over the world. the country which gave you your daily bread and butter and a roof over your head has every right to maintain their religion and culture the way they want and not have all the religions from around the world take over their country. by the way, hinduism is mythology and people should look up the meaning of the word "myth" in the dictionary.

    July 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • flywithme

      I don't see how they are impose hinduism on people in America. All they want is a place to worship.... Christians and Muslims have pushed their beliefs across the world, killing million in there way. But you're right, but I think all religions are myths...

      July 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • adityarajan

      Really? Christians and Muslims don't try to spread their religions in other countries? Ever heard of the Crusades? British Empire? Christians and Muslims have been propagating their religions in other countries for hundreds of years. I don't think there is anything wrong with trying to show people what your religion is and who you are. Its not like their forcing them to convert, they just want to make people aware of what Hinduism is, since most Indians don't even fully understand it. Hinduism is not a myth, that is just plain wrong. There is an enormous amount of science, and vedic teachings built into Hinduism. These scientific and ethical teachings are personified as different gods to convey a meaning and message. If you don't believe in it that is your choice, but you shouldn't call one of the worlds oldest religions a myth.

      July 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • Murali

      Stop your non-sense here. You have got no clue about what goes in world. It looks like you started reading news for the past few days or months.

      July 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • RamSekhar

      @rajalakshmi
      I read and re-read the article after I saw your comment. What provokes you to talk about imposition of Hinduism and proselytization etc?

      The young kid only seemed to say that he would like to 'enjoy holi, diwali etc. openly' like in India. Never did he talk about conversion. Besides, you would know that there is NO provision for conversion in Hinduism.
      Hinduism/Sanatana Dharma, having evolved in relative isolation both in time and also geography, there was never a need to establish a formal process of accepting people from other religions. So, you are blatantly propagating misinformation.

      July 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • Uma

      Wake up and read and learn about Hinduism, there is lot of science, (it is science of life). It even goes beyond body and mind. Your name is Indian, its origin is from Hindu Scriptures. Even inquiring about meaning of your names will teach you something good.

      July 13, 2011 at 12:51 am |
  7. saturndisc

    Why are my comments removed. They were not hateful, not were they just empty words. Has references of credible sources. Looks like you have some hindu comment editor!

    July 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • flywithme

      Or maybe because you keep copy and paste the same thing...

      July 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  8. sam17

    Lol.....Pakistanis masquerading as HIndus. Didn't ur allah tell u not to lie? According to your wonderful logic, even Buddhism & Jainism are fascist religions just because they revere Swastika...isn't it?

    July 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Resident Alien

      People all over the world don't like you religion anyway.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
    • adityarajan

      Hey saturndisc,

      I have not heard of any temple that disrespects women in that way. Stop living in the 1500s, many of your false theories do not hold any meaning anymore. Maybe at one point in history it was like that, but certainly not anymore. I am a brahmin, and I assure you that we don't have a "secret plan" to dominate all of India. If that happens, I promise you will be the first to know. The caste system no longer holds any meaning anymore. In fact where im from in India, its actually advantageous to not be a brahmin because the college admission seats are reserved by caste, and brahmins only get 10% of college seats while 90% goes to other castes. Moreover no one really cares about castes anymore, inter caste marriages, even inter RACE marriages are very common amongst Indians these days. No one burns anyone for not giving dowry, seriously stop living in the 1500s.

      July 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • saturndisc

      @adityarajan, Please go to FB page i mentioned... http://www.facebook.com/pages/Superpower-News/249697628377697
      Do you mean to say BBC, NYT, CNN, TOI are liars? Nobody will belive your denials. All you need to do to come out of your denial is read any indian daily.

      July 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  9. Atheist God

    This new trend of immigrants form 3rd world countries is destroying us.

    July 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • flywithme

      form? You mean From? America is made up of immigrants, i'm guessing a lot of our ancestors came from 3rd world poor nations. If you're talking about India, guess what? India, China, are growing and fast, you can say they are cheap labor, sweatshop workers, but when they pass us you'll unfortunately see. But you know, you can go back to flipping burgers, and cursing immigrants...

      July 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • Atheist God

      America was built by European immigrants none of which belong in the 3rd world category.

      July 10, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • adityarajan

      Not too mention the statistics that over 70% of Indian Americans graduate college compared with 28% of Americans, our salaries average to about 90k a year while you guys make about 50k a year. Whose the "third world" country now?

      July 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • Chris

      So your saying immigrants are destroying America. Guess what buddy, we are ALL immigrants and our forefathers were also ALL immigrants.

      July 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  10. WASA

    Adapt or go home another dumb a$$ religion that we don't need.

    July 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • RJ

      You're probably a dumb a$$ sc*um bag who was a high school dropout and are now a drug addict living off welfare..

      July 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Manpinder

      You are a moron, we are moving to America because you are too fat to have kids and we are your future like it or not. We have a large population because we treat our women right and they want to have many kids with us including white girls. We are growing in numbers faster then any country on earth and will be the next super power. America is lucky to have us here especially the women.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  11. Universe

    And the God's say...

    Grow up people, I do not need places of worship to show off your craftsmanship and artistry, I have me a huge mansion fit for the Raja's here in heaven...

    please go , please go and make sure that you touch the lives of suffering humanity, feed my people, clothe my people, give water to the zillions of my people of without even drinking water, you know who I am talking about....forget not where your forefathers came from....

    sd.,
    Godessess

    July 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  12. vel

    The concept of karma is just as ridiculous as the belief of any divine punishment or reward. There is nothing that supports it and again religion is only the human trying to "prove" their opinions are the only "right" ones.

    July 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • GonzoG

      Yeah, true. If Karma were true, imagine what would happen to a CEO who laid off 10000 workers, outsourced their jobs to Asia, then cut himself a $5,000,000 bonus check for his hard work.

      Nope–no karma.

      Actually, here in the U.S., the CEO would be a Tea Party Hero.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Karma believer

      It requires some brain to understand the theory of Karma. It is a natural law of "every action has a reaction" or "what goes around,comes around" or " what you sow, that you shall reap". The result may not be immediate, but it will come in due course. This is not so hard to understand, is it? If you sow the seed of Apple you are not going to get Banana. If you do good action, you will get good result and vice versa.

      July 13, 2011 at 1:18 am |
  13. Over Educated

    Only reason they my make more money then the average American is because they fast track doctors or IT people which usually pay above average under our free system which we built. But thats the top %1 of Indians population not living in India. If you take the top 1% of Americas population we would be making around $500,000 per year. You are comparing an average American to the best what India has to offer. Its not a fair comparison. The average Indian makes somewhere around 10088878878778090 trillion rupees per month or $100 US dollars India is a 3rd world country trying to bring their 3rd world culture her to America.

    July 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Russ

      Well said I totally agree.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • undereducated

      This article is not comparing the Indians living in India, with Americans. It's comparing Indians living in America with everyone else. Read properly.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Common man

      And you call your self overveducated?

      July 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • DB

      Well rejoice then! The US is getting intellectually enriched by these people and so shall their progeny, unlike the progeny of the 'poor and the wretched' that came in before. You asked for it!

      July 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • adityarajan

      Your not educated at all. As someone else already said, its comparing the Indians in America to Americans, which by comparison clearly shows that Indian Americans are better educated and better off financially than Americans. Btw 1293812343234 (or however much you typed) does not equal $100. You may want to learn basic math too.

      July 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
    • MJ

      Overeducated = 3rd grade perhaps? What would you like to be when you grow up?

      July 10, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  14. julianpenrod

    A point of interest. I placed a comment on this article on this blog at 2:19 p.m., It's not 5:06, almost three hours later. When the comment was placed, it had a notation "Your comment is awating moderation". I just checked it and, almost three hours later, it still has that notation on it. I made some comments about things like "Take Back Yoga" not being in the spirit of a religion that wants to assimilate and demonstrating that Hinduism is a pantheistic system. I also pointed out, among other things, that certain interpreted aspects of the Bhagavad Gita resemble the Islamic tenet of "jihad". Does this mean it hasn't been placed? Can anyone else see the comment? If your website provides comments earliest first, it should be on page 16. Information would be appreciated.

    July 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • julianpenrod

      Incidentally, this comment didn't have the "Your message is awaiting moderation" message on it. The other comment had it from the moment it was posted. That could give an idea of what material the website automatically flags.  Why it flags it is unclear. They should also have it pointed out to them that, if they mean the comment has to be assessed by moderators, that is not the same as "moderation". They are make laughinstocks of themselves the longer they continue that.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Luis Wu

      I've learned that certain "Keywords" will cause your post to be awaiting moderation. Then it never gets moderated and posted. It's funny some of the words that will cause that. You can say "moron" or any similar insult but if you say "superst!tion" (and spell it properly) it'll get your post in the "awaiting moderation" category.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  15. HC

    To all the haters and lovers of Hinduism on this article, YOU DO NOT KNOW A DAMN THING ABOUT Hinduism.

    To Haters on this article – You hate NOT because you KNOW Hinduism. But simply because you LOVE to hate anything Indian. Your blood as turned green because of hate. Clean up.

    To Lovers on this article- You "LOVE" Hinduism. NOT because you KNOW Hinduism. But because, it seems like an escape to your boring Made in USA type Christianity. You find it entertaining and exotic and some how seem to feed the perverseness of your so called civilized mind.

    True Hinduism is not an ..ism at all. It is a spiritual conquest. When you complete the journey, you become Hindu. It is done through self-witnessing, using the self reflective capacity of human mind, you MASTER the art of meditation and when you become enlighten, all these ancient scriptures and knowledge just comes out of a mind without any preparation, just as a water falling from mountain. It is THAT spontaneous. And Americans who have the pi***sh way surrendering to material life, KNOW NOTHING about spiritual potential of human mind. India and Hindu civilization was LONG before YOU as Nation and all monolithic religion EVEN existed. There are only two religions in this world having no credible calendar period of its origination. 1) Hinduism 2) Jewish and FOOLS like you have come across countless time to JUDGE these two religions and FOOLS like you will KEEP Coming in future centuries to come. But these two religions are like mount Everest who will remain UNSHAKEN by dust, winds and idiots from time to time.

    Instead, just visit the beautiful architectural peace of these temples. REMEMBER TO Remove your hatred along with shoes. at the doorstep.

    GOSH.. everything is just so disgusting these days.

    July 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      what about those who really don't give a crap about hinduism one way or the other?as long as your self righteous head is so far up your colon check for polyps

      July 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Isolate

      I have just accepted, "GOSH.. everything is just so disgusting these days" as my personal mantra.

      July 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  16. gabriel

    Today at work places here u can wish Happy Diwali ...but you are forbidden from wishing "Merry Christmas" ..
    what a SAD state....so called freedom of religion?

    July 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      work places? huston pipe company or kwicky mart?

      July 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Cedar rapids

      oh do please tell me where you are 'forbidden' from saying merry xmas.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • vikram

      If Hinduism is so great, why can't any Hindu lift their finger to help the world and the poor in India. Besides, huge income comparison statistics and owning so many mansions, show one good Hindu that shared the wealth to help the poor or sick someone across the globe. Show one Hindu that sold everything and went to serve the needy across the globe. Hinduism has a long way to go in loving mankind and forgiving others. I was born Hindu, but now I am Christian. And I am glad that I am Christian.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • adityarajan

      ^ vikram, there are hundreds of Hindu non-profit organizations that help poor people in India, and many of these charities are funded by wealthy Hindus. I know because I have worked with them. To assume that Christianity is the only religion that reaches out to poor people is just an extremely narrow minded way of thinking.

      July 10, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  17. herbert juarez

    do you still toss a widow on the late husbands funeral pyre?

    July 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • Kumaran

      Do you still toss non-christians like in the medevial ages and any person just because that she/he had a long nose or a baby, who had a wart on the face..

      July 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      to kumaran yep

      July 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • RJ

      You sound like an illegal immigrant.. vamoos..

      July 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  18. Universalist

    Americanization of ancient faith? Well, that signals the adulteration of the ancient faith in this part of the world. As for the new generation of Hindus in Texas, they can kiss m @@@

    July 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  19. Over Educated

    India is so proud of inventing algebra but Persians say the same and this could be easily disputed in the last 500 years what did they invent or contribute to the world not very much, for such a enormous population that is now trying to move over here. Switzerland more then 100 times smaller has invented and contributed a lot more then India.

    July 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • MakingIndia

      ENJOY! http://www.hinduwisdom.info/quotes1_20.htm

      July 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Cedar rapids

      A quick google search will show you all that Indian culture has given the world.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • jaileer

      In what way is that opinion relevant to the story? It comes across as jingoistic at best, and blatantly racist at worst.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  20. Vijay

    As an Indian, the only thing I can say about these posts is that all of you who are writing here, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jews, Mormons, whatever, are not displaying one shred of decency that your religion requires you to (and the atheists too!) You are all hypocrites. I'm sick of all the Americans defending Hindus as if they grew up in India and experienced Hinduism first-hand. One problem that Hindus have (not the religion), but Indians in general, is that they think there can be nothing wrong with their culture, country, religion, etc. I see it all the time and it makes me sick. We are all human beings. We all make mistakes and we all need to learn to live with each other. We may not agree with each other's religions but we can at least respect each other.

    To the Hindus who are talking about tolerance, how tolerant are you being on these posts of other religions? To the Christians saying Jesus loves Hindus, how much love are you showing these Hindus? To the Muslims, why do you not fear the wrath of Allah who is merciful as you talk to people online? To the atheists, if evolution is beneficial and is the cause of our humanism, why are you acting like brute beasts online?

    I will admit I have been guilty of all these things myself, but can we be civilized, people? And by the way, please everyone who posts get your facts right....

    July 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • herbert juarez

      well said APU

      July 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Luis Wu

      ALL religions are stupid, as are the people that practice them.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
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