Ramdas Lamb

Ramdas Lamb was a Hindu monk in India from 1969-1978. He is currently a professor at the University of Hawai’i in world religions and contemporary American religion.

Stories by Ramdas Lamb

The importance of freedom of religion

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’

In President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, should discussion of human rights and religious freedom be … Continued

Preaching hatred begets hatred

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

Religious belief is not insanity

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

What determines if sex is good or bad?

Speaking to a meeting of Hasidic Jewish leaders on Sunday, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, “I don’t … Continued

Does God need a plan?

Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell told the Christian Broadcasting Network last week that that she believes it was God … Continued

Studying about religion can help us all

In a Pew Forum survey released Tuesday, atheists and agnostic surpass all other groups in their knowledge of religion. How … Continued

Why do Americans fear Muslims?

After 9/11 President Bush reminded Americans that the attack was the work of a few terrorists and not the Muslim … Continued

Focus should be on actions, not labels

In the wake of his weekend rally, Glenn Beck kept up the drumbeat of criticism about President Obama’s religion, calling … Continued

A change of heart, not of location

Elizabeth Gilbert was fortunate that she could take a year away from her regular life and focus on fulfilling some … Continued

Julia Roberts’ search for inner peace

Julia Roberts’ statements to Elle Magazine (see David Gibson’s recent article) that she and her family are practicing Hindus are … Continued

Islam needs more tolerance, not more mosques

One has to wonder how long the U.S. will continue to tip toe around its relationship with Islam and Muslims. … Continued

Terrorism, fear and political correctness

What to call terrorists? In its 2010 National Security Strategy, the Obama administration sought to sever the relationship between Islam … Continued

Religions definitely NOT the same

Are all religions the same? The Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, often refers to the ‘oneness’ of … Continued

Animal rights and human wrongs

Q: Expensive and time-consuming efforts are being made to rescue and rehabilitate animals threatened by the Gulf oil spill. Do … Continued

Whose world is it anyway?

Q: The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a widening environmental, economic and political crisis. Is it … Continued

Allowing illegal immigration is not compassion

Q: Illegal immigrants are flouting U.S. laws, but does affluent America (or Arizona for that matter) have a larger moral … Continued

Faith, feminism, and fundamentalism

Religious denominations in America have a vast diversity of views on abortion, ranging from the very narrow to the very … Continued

No Protestants? Also no non-Abrahamic faiths

Q: If Elena Kagan is confirmed to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, the Supreme Court would for the first … Continued

Without freedom of expression, there is no democracy

Q: What is the obligation of a Western, democratic government to protect individual freedoms in light of a realistic terrorist … Continued