By Diana L. Eck
Why figuring out America's non secular panorama Is crucial problem dealing with Us this day The Nineties observed the U.S. army fee its first Muslim chaplain and open its first mosque.There are almost immediately greater than 300 temples in l. a., domestic to the best number of Buddhists within the world.There are extra American Muslims than there are American Episcopalians, Jews, or Presbyterians.
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We joined weekend worshipers for the weekly Saturday morning liturgies as the tall granite image of Lord Vishnu was bathed in gallons of milk and royally dressed to receive the offerings of the faithful and dispense his gifts of grace—sanctified fruits and water. The next week we split into teams to visit half a dozen other Hindu communities in the Boston area—from the older Vedanta Society and the Hare Krishna temple to the Swaminarayan temples of Lowell and Stow. One Friday we took the subway down to Quincy, where New England’s first mosque was built in the 1950s in the shadow of the great cranes of the Quincy shipyards.
And what about the immigrant religious histories just now unfolding—the Korean Buddhists and Christians, the Tamil Hindus, the Indian and Pakistani Muslims? Didn’t these also belong in a course on American religion? Other colleagues were on the front lines of the developing fields of multicultural studies or ethnic studies. Reading their works, I was astonished to find a strong normative, ideological secularism that seemed studiously to avoid thinking about religion at all. For them, the religious traditions of America’s ethnic minorities were simply not on the screen.
Massasoit, the chief now memorialized in a statue on Cole’s Hill overlooking Plymouth Rock, had befriended the settlers of Plymouth, and this “was perhaps our biggest mistake,” said James. We forfeited our country. Our lands have fallen into the hands of the aggressor. We have allowed the white man to keep us on our knees. 2 The speech was never delivered, at least at that celebratory 350th event. Rather, on Thanksgiving Day hundreds of Native peoples gathered on Cole’s Hill for the first National Day of Mourning.