Friday’s Religion News Roundup: Capital civility * Cash-only Vatican * Downton v. Bible

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Religious leaders want Congress to be nicer to each other (they're looking at you, John Boehner), the Vatican isn't accepting credit cards and Downton Abbey appears to be beating out the Bible in the race for baby names. All that and more in today's Religion News Roundup.

  • dj spellchecka

    update of the illinois law
    Same-sex marriage bill heads to Illinois state Senate floor

  • Hi,
    In Jesus, our physical body does not count but the spiritual self that is neither male nor female, Jew or Gentile, etc.

    Gay marriage has nothing to do with Jesus but with John, the Baptist.

  • A.Yeshuratnam

    The Bhagavad Gita was a later interpolation in the mythological epic the Mahabharata. It is a war literature where Krishna is urging a reluctant Arjun to kill his own cousins, teachers (gurus) and other supporters of the rival Duryodhan. Russia wants to ban it. State prosecutors in the Siberian city of Tomsk are trying to ban the Russian translation of the Bhagavad Gita because they believe the text too “extremist.” Prosecutors reportedly took issue with the Russian translation of the text called “Bhagavad Gita As It Is”, with commentary by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), because it promoted “social discord” and hatred toward non believers, according to the media. Last year, courts banned Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” Bhagavad Gita also promotes caste oppression because Krishna says that he created fourfold division of caste system which made 90% of Indians to lead the lives of beasts and slaves for centuries till liberated by the British by passing laws.