History can also be highly politicized, as we continue to see in states such as Texas, where small but vocal groups envisage instructional materials and curriculum shaped solely by their own worldviews.
For the most part, Schachter-Shalomi's success was based in his liberal acceptance of people exploring alternate paths of spiritual awakening (from LSD to Yoga), and his legitimizing of alternate possibilities within Judaism.
While every American has a right to free exercise, I believe two initiatives of the U.S. government, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and the G.W. Bush administration's expansion of the Faith-Based Initiative, have perpetuated a very asymmetrical view of religious freedom.
One of the great things about The Huffington Post is its willingness to provide a forum for open discourse about the role religion can play in social ...
Father's Day, much like its counterpart for mothers, has become an annual advertising barrage on what to buy for our dads. But I think in my father's case, no amount of gifts can ever substitute genuine appreciation.
Most textbooks on Hinduism are woefully outdated and inaccurate, meaning that teachers are unable to give their students the best resources when it comes to learning about Hinduism. HAF's teacher training has helped to fill the void, but here are some age-appropriate resources that might also help educators.
Though most Americans identify as Christian (more than three quarters, according to the survey), there are at least 236 discernable faith groups in the U.S., according to an earlier study by the ASARB.
The challenge for our millennial generation is to continue translating America's religious diversity into social action.
The quest for religious freedom and equal rights is ongoing, but for years, Hindus have largely been left out of the conversation as victims of religious discrimination and violence.
One of the biggest challenges many social studies teachers face is developing or finding content to help teach about Hinduism.
The same people who are bhaktas (devotees) of Wendy Doniger usually are also bhaktas of Woody Allen.
Universal spirituality does not nullify the teachings of any religion, nor does it denigrate any faith or creed. It incorporates the morals derived from religions into shared consciousness. It respects the practices of each creed.
From mountaintop monasteries to super-modern temples, these amazing places will make you believe.
Although Pakistan's political leaders have expressed optimistic sentiments with respect to the election of the right-wing Narendra Modi as prime minister of India, let us not forget that the country's true center of power does not lie in Islamabad -- it resides in the cantonments of Rawalpindi.
Can Modi and responsible Indians keep religious passions quiet enough that the BJP experiment will have a chance? American leaders and the larger population may join India's Muslims, in heeding "Caution" lights.
Our treatment of animals may in the future help shape relationships between peoples as much as with such creatures. Religion and culture may play role...