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Campaign brewing to get Hindu god Brahma off popular beer

By William Kole — July 14, 2020

(AP) — A spokesperson for the brand said Brahma beer is a tribute to Joseph Bramah — an Englishman who invented the draft pump valve.

Is religious kitsch offensive? The answer is in the eye of the beholder

By Menachem Wecker — May 10, 2019

(RNS) — The line between well-intentioned kitsch and bad taste, experts in religious artwork say, can be blurry.

Hindu guest chaplain, at your service — but does he speak for all Hindus?

By Sonia Paul — April 10, 2019

(RNS) — As with Islam and Buddhism, Hinduism’s decentralized structure means that the loudest voices are often taken to be authoritative.

Some North Dakota GOP lawmakers abstain from Hindu prayer

By James MacPherson — April 3, 2019

(AP) — Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism in Nevada, offered prayer as the guest chaplain in the House, a day after he delivered the invocation in the Senate without incident.

Update: Urban Outfitters pulls Lord Ganesh duvet cover after Hindus protest

By Heather Adams — July 14, 2014

(RNS) “Though Lord Ganesha merchandise is popular within the market we understand the sensitivities certain items may carry,” the company said in a statement on Monday.

Urban Outfitters’ Lord Ganesh duvet cover upsets Hindus

By Heather Adams — July 10, 2014

(RNS) Critics say the retailer should pull the item, which they consider insensitive to their faith.

Hindu group wants a monument on Oklahoma Capitol grounds

By Greg Horton — December 11, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (RNS) A few days after a group of Satanists announced plans to donate a memorial on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol, a Hindu organization said it would apply for permission to erect a statue of Hanuman, the monkey god.

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