Category: Religion, General

So a Buddhist, a Mormon and a Jew walk into a diner …

Guide to which faiths won’t eat which foods So which religious groups are allowed to eat what? We checked with the Correctional Service of Canada, who find themselves catering to a wide variety of “dinner guests” from all walks of life. – Buddhism: Variations depend on the specific school of Buddhism, and the country-of-origin to which followers are associated with. The Mahayana school (the most common in Canada) is less strict than the Thervada school, which follows a strict vegan diet. – Christianity: Food consumption can be limited or altered on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays in Lent, although some

Societies worse off ‘when they have God on their side’

Religious belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today. According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems. The study counters the view of believers that religion is necessary to provide the moral and ethical foundations of a healthy society. It compares the social peformance of relatively secular countries, such as Britain, with the US, where the majority believes in a creator rather than the theory of evolution. Many conservative

MinistryWatch.com Releases ‘F’ List Ministries

Refusal to release financial information is reason for donors to find other ministries to support – whether for tsunami relief or other purposes MATTHEWS, N.C. –Wall Watchers, through its donor empowerment Website, www.MinistryWatch.com, has issued a Donor Alert for those ministries in the MinistryWatch.com database with a Transparency Grade of F. Wall Watchers CEO Rusty Leonard explained, “MinistryWatch.com is committed to the belief that all Christian ministries have a responsibility to be good stewards of the financial resources they have received from donors. Donors should be informed of those ministries that have failed to display transparency. Based on our most

A battle to save survivors’ souls, too

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia – Muslims are handing out Qurans with the bags of rice and sugar they distribute to tsunami victims. Christian aid groups have also rushed in, quietly promising salvation in this predominantly Islamic region but fearful their presence could spark sectarian violence. Across the Indian Ocean basin, dozens of religion-based groups have joined relief efforts in the wake of last month’s tsunami, which killed more than 155,000 in 11 countries and left millions homeless. The groups range from militants believed linked with al-Qaida to evangelical Christians, and their presence is most profound in Indonesia, where the needs are

Scientologists, Jews, Quakers, flock to give tsunami aid

JAKARTA: The Church of Scientology is applying its mind-over-matter healing techniques to injured tsunami survivors in Aceh. Jews and Quakers are sending humanitarian aid. Radical Islamic groups are providing “spiritual guidance”. Scores of religious and humanitarian groups have, quite literally, pitched their tents in Indonesia’s Aceh, after the province of 4 million people was pulverised by the strongest quake in 40 years and unprecedented tsunami. Flying in on Cessnas and commercial aircraft or driving in on smashed up roads, an army of aid workers is bustling about the province – which had been closed to almost all outsiders until the

Religions are different, but grief is same

Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims approach death in own ways Members of the DFW Hindu Temple held a deepa puja Sunday morning. The “prayer of light,” honoring victims of last Sunday’s earthquake and tsunamis, felt something like a candlelight vigil in any church or synagogue. But the Hindu religious response to massive human tragedy is essentially different. The flower-draped altar and oil candles surrounded by elaborate statues of Indian deities were clearly not part of a Christian or Jewish service. And differences in how the faiths try to explain unimaginable suffering are more than just ritual. Most of the victims of the

Archbishop of Canterbury admits: This makes me doubt the existence of God

The Asian tsunami disaster should make all Christians question the existence of God, Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, writes in The Telegraph today. In a deeply personal and candid article, he says “it would be wrong” if faith were not “upset” by the catastrophe which has already claimed more than 150,000 lives. Prayer, he admits, provides no “magical solutions” and most of the stock Christian answers to human suffering do not “go very far in helping us, one week on, with the intolerable grief and devastation in front of us”. See Also: Paper admits it misrepresented Archbishop of