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Faith Briefs for Oct. 21

Election Day dinner Nov. 8 in Russell

The 126th annual Election Day dinner will be from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Grace First Parish in Russell. The menu includes turkey with dressing, potatoes and gravy, corn, coleslaw, cranberry relish, rolls, dessert and a beverage. Cost is $14 for adults, $6 for youth ages 5-12 and free for children ages 4 and under. Carryout is available, and there will be a country store.

Macron visits Paris mosque to mark its 100th anniversary

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron visited Paris’ central mosque on Wednesday to mark 100 years since it was built — a presidential stop to project that the French leader is representing all factions of French society, united under one secular republic.

The visit comes just months after his reelection in April in which debates about the Muslim veil and the role of Islam in secular France — home to Western Europe’s biggest Muslim population — became a political hot potato. The centrist won his second term against the far-right, anti-Islam candidate Marine Le Pen.

Activist objects to museum selling toys of Hindu deities

BOSTON (AP) — A Hindu rights activist is calling on a Massachusetts museum to stop selling children’s plush toys representing three Hindu deities, which he says are “insensitive.”

Toys depicting Lord Krishna, Lord Ganesh and Lord Hanuman were available on the Peabody Essex Museum’s online shop last week but had been removed by Tuesday, Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism, said in a statement.

The deities are “greatly revered in Hinduism and were meant to be worshipped in temples or home shrines and not to be thrown around loosely on the floor, bathrooms, cars, etc.” Zed said.

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