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Catholics Join Hindu Outrage over 'The Love Guru'

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Jun 25, 2008 | 3:52am EDT

A leading Catholic group has come to the aid of America's Hindus who are boycotting Mike Myers' new film The Love Guru--because religious officials have found the film to be "morally offensive."

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has slapped the comedy with its highest classification.

Hindu leader Rajan Zed, who has been leading the outcry about the new film, is thrilled that other religious officials are taking his concerns seriously--branding the new 'O' rating the Catholics have given the movie a "remarkable interfaith gesture."

Officials at the USCCB's Office for Film and Broadcasting in New York, who are responsible for reviewing and rating theatrical motion pictures, called the film "vulgar and tasteless," adding it "wallows in endless penis jokes and fairly yucky potty humor."

Rajan Zed says, "We are thankful to the Conference of Catholic Bishops for having a feel for the pain of the Hindu and spiritual community by categorizing The Love Guru as morally offensive."

Zed called for a full Hindu boycott of the film because it allegedly uses Hindu concepts and Hindu terms frivolously. He asked other religious groups to lend their support.

He adds, "Today it is Hinduism, tomorrow Hollywood might attempt to denigrate another religion."

Prominent Jewish Rabbi Elizabeth W. Beyer, of Nevada, has already called for a boycott of The Love Guru because the film "lampoons Hinduism, mocks Ashram life and Hindu philosophy."

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