First Lady Michelle Obama is hosting an event on Tuesday to mark the Hindu festival of Diwali, or “festival of lights,” to honor Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity.
Hindus celebrate by placing small earthenware oil lamps called “diyas” in their homes to help the goddess find her way, according to the BBC’s online home schooling curriculum website.
“In India Hindus will leave the windows and doors of their houses open so that Lakshmi can come in,” the website states.
Diwali also marks the first day of the business year “and some Hindus will say prayers to the goddess for a successful year,” the website states.
Read more at CNSNews.com.
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The global social attitudes study claims that the most racially intolerant populations are all in the developing world, with Jordan and India in the top five.
By contrast, the study of 80 countries over three decades found Western countries were most accepting of other cultures with Britain, the U.S., Canada and Australia more tolerant than anywhere else.
The survey asked individuals what types of people they would refuse to live next to, and counted how many chose the option ‘people of a different race’ as a percentage for each country.
Researchers have suggested that societies where more people do not want neighbors from other races can be considered less racially tolerant.
Racist views are strikingly rare in the U.S., according to the survey, which claims that only 3.8 per cent of residents are reluctant to have a neighbor of another race.
Read the full article at the London Daily Mail.
From Andrew Kloster at The Heritage Foundation…
On Constitution Day this year, Robert Van Tuinen, an Army veteran and a student at Modesto Junior College (MJC) in California, was trying to pass out copies of the United States Constitution and drum up support for his proposed Young Americans for Liberty chapter on campus. School administrators at MJC didn’t like this and decided to shut him down in spite of the fact that MJC is a public university that must comply with the First Amendment.
Luckily, Van Tuinen caught the entire episode on tape.
Read more at Heritage.org