Last night the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) awarded Pagan chaplain Patrick McCollum the Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism at their 7th annual Capitol Hill Reception. McCollum, a long-time activist for the rights of minority religions, has worked with Hindu organizations and individuals for several years in his quest to obtain equal treatment for religious minorities in the United States prison system. HAF recently supported McCollum in the ongoing court battle with the state of California over their discriminatory “five faiths” policy. Patrick being presented the award by Suhag Shukla. Photo courtesy of the Lady Liberty League.