Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai embraces openly gay, non-Hindu, foreigners

Tim Cook of Apple, a foreigner, who has publicly identified himself as gay[1], is most probably a Christian[2] who believes in God[3]. We recently saw that Shree Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai had embraced him openly. Letting him attend a 30-minute long Kakad aarthi, the first prayers before dawn. We see him in photos standing just near the sanctum sanctorum of the temple with the priest applying tilak on his forehead. Reports say he offered flowers and some donation to the temple.

This is great news for the LGBT community in India. When at a time Temples in India are coming into controversy for strict orthodox rules that prevent foreigners, people of non-hindu faith and even women from entering, this temple has set a big precedent by allowing Tim Cook. Something that needs to be noted by the LGBT community, who can now go to visit the temple after declaring their status. Let’s hope the temple gives the same privilege to everyone :wink:

Tim Cook: I have great reverence for religious freedom. As a child, I was Baptized in a Baptist church, and faith has always been an important part of my life. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/pro-discrimination-religious-freedom-laws-are-dangerous-to-america/2015/03/29/bdb4ce9e-d66d-11e4-ba28-f2a685dc7f89_story.html [2]

So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-10-30/tim-cook-speaks-up [1][3]

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