Religious news October 25, 2022


Rishi Sunak, committed Hindu, pledges to serve with integrity

Rishi Sunak, 42, takes office today as the youngest prime minister in 240 years, the first British Asian and the first Hindu to hold the post. He is known for his commitment to Hindu traditions and in his first speech after winning the nomination yesterday he said: ‘I promise to serve you with integrity and humility and I will work day in and day out to serve the British people.’

Sunak’s rise is ‘our Barack Obama moment’

Sanjay Chandarana, the president of Rishi Sunak’s family temple in Southampton, where he was raised, said Sunak’s ascension to prime minister was “our Barack Obama moment”. The Subway reports that the Vedic Society Hindu Temple in Southampton was established by Rishi Sunak’s grandfather, Ramdas, in 1971, and his father remained a trustee until the 1980s. The report says Mr Sunak still visits the temple and that in July he provided a meal for worshippers, a family tradition. Mr Chandarana said: ‘It’s like the UK, it’s the Barack Obama moment, where a non-white person becomes prime minister for the first time, also a person of Indian and Hindu descent, which is another dimension and everyone is very proud.When we heard that he was going to be Prime Minister, we offered a special prayer and he will be in my Diwali speech.Mr.Chandarana said that Rishi Sunak practices religion Hindu which has as its key value that the whole world is one family.

Public service “open to those of all faiths and ethnic origins”

Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future said: “Rishi Sunak becoming the first British Indian Prime Minister is a historic moment. This simply would not have been possible a decade or two ago. It shows that civil service in Britain’s highest office can be open to those of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds. It will be a source of pride for many British Asians – including many who do not share Rishi Sunak’s conservative politics. Most people in Britain are now rightly saying that the Prime Minister’s ethnicity and faith should not matter. They will judge Sunak on whether he can tame the chaos in Westminster, clean up public finances and restore the integrity of politics.

Very inspiring to reach the highest position

The Hindu Council of UK tweeted: “It’s a historic day for Rishi to be the next Prime Minister. Regardless of political views, we think it’s very inspiring to see someone from our background reach these heights. It will encourage others to follow similar traces in all industries and will also give confidence to those who may not think it is possible”.

Pride with a warning from India

Amrit Dhillon writes from New Delhi for The Guardian, reported that there was a certain celebration and pride in India, that a person of Indian origin had attained the highest office in another country. Sunak’s only family members in India are his in-laws who live in the south of the country. The article includes hope that his appointment will improve trade relations between the two countries and a warning that he could be seized by religious factions for political purposes.

Sunak pledged to eradicate anti-Semitism

The Jewish Chronicle reminds readers of Rishi Sunak’s past appearance in a Conservative Friends of Israel advertising campaign this summer. He reports that he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s “historic capital” and said there were “very strong arguments” for moving the British Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He has been involved in building the controversial Westminster Holocaust memorial in Victoria Embankment Gardens, saying education is the way to root out anti-Semitism, “this awful, awful thing”. In an interview in August, he described Israel as a “shining beacon of hope” and promised to increase spending for Jewish security organizations such as the Community Security Trust.

Other news:

Leicester Diwali celebrations draw a line under recent unrest

The celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights, in Leicester is considered one of the biggest outside India, with illuminations along the “golden mile” and festivities including fireworks, dancing, music, food, party fairground and colorful costumes. The festival drew large crowds last night and marked a return to cordial relations between different religious groups, after scenes of violence last month.

Faith minister says religion is a unifying force

Baroness Scott of Bybrook, the former leader of Wiltshire County Council, who was appointed Minister of the Faith on September 20, 2022, gave the maiden speech in her role at the annual Baha’i reception in Westminster last night . She said it was important to see faith as a unifying force within society. As Jane Scott, she was leader of Wiltshire County Council and Unitary Authority for 16 years and was made a Life Peer by David Cameron in 2015. Her predecessor as Minister of Faith, MP Paul Scully, was in office for three months. And before that, Lord Greenhalgh held the post from March 2020 to July 2022, leading faith groups through the Covid crisis.

More than 1,100 CofE clergy willing to hold same-sex marriage ceremonies

A campaign to allow same-sex marriage in the Church of England has revealed that over 1,100 clergy are ready to organize the ceremonies if they become legal. The campaign for equal marriage in the Church of England wanted to show the bishops that a significant number of clergy supported this decision. Same-sex relationships and marriage have been at the center of a long-running dispute in the Church of England. A ‘Living in Love and Faith’ consultation project is nearing completion, with a vote expected in February next year. The Church hours reports that supporters want bishops to give clergy freedom of conscience to allow them to bless same-sex couples and to allow clergy in same-sex marriages to remain in ministry.

US evangelical voters more concerned about economy than abortion

A investigation of more than 2,000 evangelical voters in America suggests that economic issues like prices and inflation will have more of an impact than cultural issues like abortion and religious freedom when they come to vote in the mid-term elections. mandate. The Barna Center for Cultural Research in Arizona, which conducted the study, found that 60% of respondents said food prices, shortages, gas prices and inflation would affect their way to vote, compared to 46% who cited abortion and the right to life and 38% percent who opted for morals and values. The survey was conducted in July but has just been published. The midterm elections take place on November 8.

California Church Uses Holy Cannabis Oil To Heal Fight Close Notice

A California church, which was closed after cannabis was distributed in jars, drinks and snacks, is challenging the closure notice in the state Supreme Court. The Divine Church’s Jah Healing Kemetic Temple believes a sacred oil depicted in Exodus to be cannabis and says it uses the oil for healing. The Religious News Service explains that the church has Sunday worship, a council of ministers, its own literature and beliefs. His lawsuit argues that area churches are allowed to bless wine as a sacrament, but law enforcement routinely interferes with their own religious practices.


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