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Top News: Religion

Christian parents disown gay son, throw him out (VIDEO)

A video of Daniel Pierce, an out-gay American college student from Kennesaw, Georgia, which shows his family violently opposing his sexuality on religious grounds, has gone viral after being posted on YouTube.

Fort Hood shooter asks to join Islamic terror group

Fort Leavenworth - The U.S. Army psychiatrist who murdered 13 people at a Texas military base in a 2009 rampage wants to join ISIS, the Islamic militant group currently terrorizing northern Iraq and western Syria.

Indian govt aims to spruce up Puri Jagannath temple in a year

Puri - The Jagannath Temple in the west Indian city of Puri is set to receive a sprucing and cleaning up over the next year, in time for a major festival. Puri is considered one of the seven holy cities in India, and is a major tourist destination.

Indians celebrate festival marking birth of Lord Krishna

Krishna Janmashtami, the festival celebrating the birth anniversary of the Hindu deity Lord Krishna, was celebrated in India last week.

Devotees celebrate annual Kamakhya Temple festival

Guwahati - Devotees from various parts of India visited the Kamakhya Temple in the north-eastern state of Assam to witness the three-day Deodhani Dance Festival, which is organized in honor of the Hindu snake goddess Mansa.

World's first 'green' temple opens in London

London - A Hindu temple, claimed to be the first "eco-temple" in the world with solar panels and a rainwater harvesting system, opened in northwest London.

World's largest Hindu temple under construction in New Jersey

The first phase of a 162-acre temple complex, possibly the world's largest, in Robbinsville, New Jersey was opened over the weekend.

Oduvars, India's temple singers, in decline

The tradition of Oduvars began over 1,000 years ago, and they were once indispensable for rituals at temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. But today, they are a disappearing group.

Indian state government of Tamil Nadu to renovate 1,006 temples

Chennai - The government of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu passed a resolution to renovate 1,006 temples over the course of the coming year.

Op-Ed: Freedom From Religion Foundation has gotten out of hand

Over the past month the atheist group known as the Freedom From Religion Foundation has been going after very small, nonabrasive signs of Christianity; suing a privately owned restaurant and even going after the U.S. Navy.

'Why does our daddy need to be in prison for loving Jesus?'

"Why does our daddy need to be in prison for loving Jesus?" That was the question two children asked President Barack Obama in a video about their father, an American citizen who has been imprisoned in Iran since 2012.

Pope kicks off S. Korea visit as North fires rockets

Seoul - Pope Francis called for an end to "displays of force" on the divided Korean peninsula Thursday, as North Korea marked his arrival in Seoul for a five-day visit by firing short-range rockets into the sea.

CA mayor snubs atheists, blocks invocation, free speech Special

Chico - For some time now, atheists in Chico, California have been wanting to do an invocation at City Hall, ever since the Supreme Court recently sanctioned prayers before meetings of the town board in Greece, New York.

Indians urged to celebrate eco-friendly Ganesh Chaturthi festival

With the government moving ahead with plans to clean India's rivers, especially the sacred Ganga and its tributary, the Yamuna, government authorities have asked devotees to celebrate the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival in an ecologically conscious way.

Twitter takes down images of ISIS beheading

London - Twitter promised Thursday to remove photos and videos of the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley by Islamic militants, the popular messaging website said Thursday.

Palestinians say ceasefire with Israel extended for five days

Cairo - Palestinian negotiators in Cairo say a new ceasefire agreement has been reached with Israel to allow further negotiations on a longer-term deal.
 

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