Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, and Jewish religious leaders are disgusted at what they see as a lack of respect from a night-club operator regarding its handling of religious statues.
Night-Club operator Live Nation is being demanded to remove Buddhist, Hindu and other religious statues that they have placed inside night-clubs.
Religious leaders are demanding a public apology for the desecration of sacred statues. The statues are featured in night clubs in eight major US cities in the Foundation Room night-clubs in House of Blues.
The Foundation Room clubs are part of a group of night clubs called the “House of Blues”, part of Live Nation Entertainment, in Anaheim, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, and New Orleans.
Live Nation is an American entertainment company founded in 2010. It promotes and sells tickets for live entertainment and around the world and is responsible for more than 40,000 shows and 100 festivals, selling more than 500 million tickets per year.
Why Religious Leaders Are Disturbed By Live Nation
A huge corporation, Live Nation has a significant influence on the music industry and the surrounding culture, and has the ability to influence public perception. That’s precisely why religious leaders are disturbed by Live Nations’s handling of Jain, Hindu, Christian, and Buddhist statues.
On June 26th, various religious leaders released a joint statement staties, “placing highly revered Hindu-Buddhist-Jain icons to adorn night-clubs was very disrespectful, out-of-line, prone to desecration by patrons, and could be disturbing to the adherents of these [Christian-Hindu-Buddhist-Jewish-Jain] faiths.”
Religious leaders who signed the document include:
Jain leader Sulekh C. Jain.
Buddhist Priest Matthew T. Fisher
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed
Greek Orthodox Priest Stephen R. Karcher
Rajan Zed [President of Universal Society of Hinduism] stated that Hindu statues of gods are meant to be used in religious places and in shrines at home as a way to show worship and dedication. They have no place decorating a night club where they are likely to be handled loosely and perhaps even desecrated. Zed state that seeing such poor treatment of deities could marginalise members of religious faiths who attend Live Nation’s clubs.
Jainist leader Sulekh C Jain stated that statues depicting Lord Mahavira and Lord Parshvanatha are meant to be in temples not clubs. He suggested that Live Nation make a donation to a Jainist charity.
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