When we toured the Little India section of Singapore I took a photo of this Hindu temple whose roof and entrance were lavishly decorated with numerous colourful carved deities. I was told these gods were placed on the outside of the temple because people of lower caste were not allowed inside. Having the gods on the exterior made it possible for those of inferior social station to worship from a distance.
Most churches have had a time in their history when they have forced some people to worship God from without, rather than from within. There are still many religious institutions and churches that restrict or forbid certain groups from participating fully and equally in the life of their faith community because of their gender, sexual orientation, social class, skin colour or age.
Will there ever be a time when the doors of every place of worship will be open to everyone in every sense of the word?
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