Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Lylah in the News

For an editor, being interviewed for a story feels a bit like being in front of the camera when you're used to peering out through the lense. When I'm "in the news," it usually has something to do with Zoroastrianism; in this case, it was a reaction to a declaration made by the Parsi high priests in Mumbai:

April 28, 2003

US Parsis Criticise Priests' Edict

The Rediff Special/Monika Joshi in New York

... The resolution, published in Jam-e-Jamshed, a weekly published in Mumbai for the Parsi community, March 23, declared that marriages of Parsi Zoroastrian men or women to people of other faiths are invalid under the religion. It also declared the children of such marriages would not be admitted into the Zoroastrian faith. ...

Lylah M. Alphonse, an editor with The Boston Globe, takes the same view. "I think this resolution is ridiculous," she says. "Instead of seizing the chance to bring up the children of mixed religious marriages and teach them to be dedicated Zoroastrians, our high priests have decided to preserve that by ex-communicating the people," she adds. "It seems the only preservation we have is of a relic in a museum." ... [More]

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