Among many intellectuals and activists, Hinduism is seen as a backwards and even reactionary religion, and not applicable to our experience as second- and third-generation Americans. I could not disagree more with that sentiment.
Temple attendance is an awful criterion to apply to Hindus, since their tradition does not emphasize congregational activity and many Hindus prefer to do their spiritual practices on home altars and meditation cushions.
Others utilize Hindu, specifically Vaishnava, theology to reconfigure Christmas to be a Hindu tradition. ... By including Christ as just another avatara of Vishnu, they indirectly make Christianity just another sect of Hinduism.