Fact-Check: Has Buhari Removed Christian Religious Studies From Secondary School Curriculum?

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Fact-Check: Has Buhari Removed Christian Religious Studies From Secondary School Curriculum? Discussions about the “removal” of Christian Religious Studies (CRS) from Nigeria’s secondary school curriculum have been ongoing since June 14 when a delegation of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) paid a courtesy call on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House. Nigerian secondary school studentsICIR NigeriaDuring the visit, Samson Ayokunle, the CAN president, pointed out that whereas the new curriculum stipulates that CRS – also referred to as Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) – will no longer exist as…

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Why religious compatibility matters in relationships

Why religious compatibility matters in relationships

Why religious compatibility matters in relationships   Religious : Imagine a new couple out on a Valentine’s Day date. The young man and woman are both nervous, but the candlelit restaurant has created a calm, romantic mood. Orders placed with the waiter, they each take a deep breath, ready to dive into a new line of conversation. “How often do you go to church?” the man says, as the woman’s eyes widen. If this scenario seems unlikely, it’s because it is. Even during the contentious 2016 presidential election, people preferred…

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Religious ritual 1, chickens 0

Religious ritual 1, chickens 0

Religious ritual 1, chickens 0 People participate in the Jewish religious holiday of Kaporos in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, on Oct. 9, 2016. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Stephanie Keith A group seeking to end the ritual slaughter of thousands of chickens in New York City’s Brooklyn borough has suffered a legal setback. The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos asked the New York state courts to order local police to enforce public nuisance, safety and health codes to prevent Orthodox Jews from engaging in “kaporot,” the annual ritual…

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The ebb and flow of religious power in the Irish republic

The ebb and flow of religious power in the Irish republic

The ebb and flow of religious power in the Irish republic Religious : NEWS that Ireland is about to have a young, openly gay, half-Indian taoiseach (prime minister) came as more of a surprise to the rest of the world than it did to people who live on the island and experience its fast-changing social reality. But as outsiders try to make sense of Leo Varadkar’s elevation (see article), many will see it as one more sign of Ireland’s dash towards secularism. A country where organised Christianity was once exceptionally…

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Hinduism and Religious Tolerance: Part One

Hinduism and Religious Tolerance: Part One

Hinduism and Religious Tolerance: Part One Hinduism Among all religions of the world, Hindu religion is considered as an ancient religion that is recognized as foundation of civilization. Hindu Dharma is a righteous way of life based on accumulated wisdom of great sages, Vedas, Upanishads and Agamas. Various basic concepts like Dharma, Karma, Ahimsa, Rebirth, Moksha (Nirvana) are inherited by various dharmic traditions like Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism from Hinduism. Sri Chinmoy said I am a Hindu. I love being a Hindu. I am proud to be a Hindu. Why? Why?…

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The worst countries for religious freedom

The worst countries for religious freedom

The worst countries for religious freedom   At its core, freedom of religion or belief requires freedom of expression. Both fundamental rights are protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, yet nearly half of all countries penalize blasphemy, apostasy or defamation of religion. In 13 countries, atheists can be put to death for their lack of belief. The U.S. State Department names and shames eight “Countries of Particular Concern” that severely violate religious freedom rights within their borders. These countries not only suppress religious expression, they systematically torture and…

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Should people keep their religious beliefs private?

Should people keep their religious beliefs private?

Should people keep their religious beliefs private? According to Eurobarometer, 77% of EU citizens consider themselves to be religious. Catholics are by far the largest religious group in the EU, accounting for 48% of all Europeans, while Protestants make up 12% and Eastern Orthodox Christians make up 8%. Taken together, agnostics and atheists account for 23%, while Muslims (the largest non-Christian religious group) represent 2% of the EU population. Can all these different religions and beliefs get along together peacefully? How can we ensure that religious diversity in Europe is…

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White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers    that many religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans. The mandate for free contraceptive coverage was one of the most hotly contested Obama administration policies adopted under the Affordable Care Act, and it generated scores of lawsuits by employers that had religious objections to it. On its website, the White House Office of Management and Budget said it is reviewing an “interim final rule” to relax the requirement, a step that would all but ensure…

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Religious countries likely to perform worse in science and maths, study finds

Religious countries likely to perform worse in science and maths, study finds

Religious countries likely to perform worse in science and maths, study finds Research also finds women generally more religious than men Students in religious countries are likely to perform worse in science and maths than their more agnostic or atheist counterparts, new research has found. “Countries that are more religious score lower in educational performance,” the study’s co-author, Professor Gijsbert Stoet, told The Independent. As a result he advised that “governments that might be able to raise educational standards and so standards of living by keeping religion out of schools and out of educational policy-making.”…

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Russia’s Crackdown on Religious Minorities: Religious Liberty for All God’s Children

Russia's Crackdown on Religious Minorities: Religious Liberty for All God's Children

Russia’s Crackdown on Religious Minorities: Religious Liberty for All God’s Children   Crackdown  : After eight years of seeming neglect, it appears that protecting religious liberty is back on the nation’s agenda. Now folks can debate the strengths and weaknesses of President Trump’s new executive order, but at long last America’s first freedom is getting some long overdue recognition from the White House. During a May 5th ceremony in the Rose Garden, where I was actually privileged to be to witness it, Mr. Trump signed an executive order “promoting free speech…

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Communist-Ruled Cuba Hosts First Transgender Religious Ceremony

Communist-Ruled Cuba Hosts First Transgender Religious Ceremony

Communist-Ruled Cuba Hosts First Transgender Religious Ceremony MATANZAS, Cuba — For decades belonging to a religion and being anything but heterosexual was stigmatized in Communist-ruled, macho Cuba, making the Mass held by three transgender pastors in the western Cuban city of Matanzas all the more groundbreaking. Rainbow flags decorated the chapel, while the pastors, who had flown in from Brazil, Canada and the United States, wore stoles in the trans hues of light blue, pink and white and the congregation swayed to Caribbean beats. Trans pastors Cindy Bourgeois from Canada…

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God knows, scientists are more religious than you think

God knows, scientists are more religious than you think

God knows, scientists are more religious than you think Scientists : We all know science and religion don’t meet, right? After all, the recent  “Ham on Nye” duel between atheist Science Guy Bill Nye and creationist advocate Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis was a national sensation. We all know wrong – or mostly so, says sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund. In the land of science, it turns out, there nearly as many believers and churchgoers as there are to be found in the nation at large and many in each…

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Religious People Much Happier Than Others, New Study Shows

Religious People Much Happier Than Others, New Study Shows

Religious People Much Happier Than Others, New Study Shows A strong correlation exists between religiosity and personal happiness, according to a new study by the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture. The study found that people who attend religious services on a weekly basis are nearly twice as likely to describe themselves as “very happy” (45%) than people who never attend (28%). Conversely, those who never worship are twice as likely to say they are “very unhappy” (4%) as those who attend services weekly (2%). Building on prior…

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How afraid are YOU of dying? Researchers say atheists and the most religious are least scared

How afraid are YOU of dying? Researchers say atheists and the most religious are least scared

How afraid are YOU of dying? Researchers say atheists and the most religious are least scared Researchers : A new study has found that atheists and very religious people have something in common – they are are among those least afraid of dying. Researchers have suggested that those who lack the belief in a higher power find comfort in death. The team also discovered that people who are religious for social or emotional benefits suffered the most from ‘death anxiety’ – the persistent fear of one’s own demise. Scroll down for…

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Atheists Are More Intelligent Than Religious People, According To Study

Atheists Are More Intelligent Than Religious People, According To Study

Atheists Are More Intelligent Than Religious People, According To Study According to a study of 63 different papers, atheists are generally more intelligent than religious people. Miron Zuckerman, Jordan Silberman and Judith A. Hall rounded up the results of multiple studies,the Independent reports, with the meta-analysis showing that there was a negative correlation between intelligence and those that follow a certain belief. “Using analytic (as opposed to intuitive) thinking, more intelligent college students may be more likely to eschew religion,” the study said. “If atheism is disapproved of at home,…

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Atheists are more intelligent than religious people, say researchers

Atheists are more intelligent than religious people, say researchers

Atheists are more intelligent than religious people, say researchers Atheists : New paper sets out to explain negative correlation between faith and intellect found in dozens of past studies Religious people are less intelligent on average than atheists because faith is an instinct and clever people are better at rising above their instincts, researchers have claimed. The theory — called the ‘Intelligence-Mismatch Association Model’ — was proposed by a pair of authors who set out to explain why numerous studies over past decades have found religious people to have lower average…

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More education means less religious commitment — unless you’re Christian

More education means less religious commitment unless you’re Christian

More education means less religious commitment — unless you’re Christian Education : It’s a popular belief: The more educated a person is, the less religious he or she likely will be. And it’s mostly right, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center surveys released Wednesday (April 26). “It’s certainly our sense that, if anything, that might be the conventional wisdom that higher levels of educational attainment are linked with religiosity. That said, I am aware there are scholars, sociologists, who in recent years have begun to call that into question,”…

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Religious Components of Gnosticism

Religious Components of Gnosticism Mandaean Sabians Conduct Golden Baptism Ritual

Religious Components of  Gnosticism  Gnosticism encompasses a very wide range of beliefs and is better viewed as a collection of religions sharing some common themes rather than as one specific religion. There are two basic components to beliefs commonly labeled as Gnostic, although the importance of one over the other can vary immensely. The first is gnosis and the second is dualism. GNOSTIC BELIEFS Gnosis is a Greek word for knowledge, and in Gnosticism (and religion in general) it refers to awareness, experience, and knowledge of the presence of God.…

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Muslim And Jewish Religious Leaders Denounce Violence In Historic Israeli Palestinian Meeting

Muslim And Jewish Religious Leaders

Muslim And Jewish Religious Leaders Denounce Violence In Historic Israeli Palestinian Meeting Muslim : Chief Sephardi Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and Sheikh Mahmoud Habbash attended an historic Washington Institute meeting on October 13, 2016, hosted by Israeli President Rivlin that brought Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Muslim Religious Leaders together for the first time. (Jerusalem, October 13) — In the first event of its kind, top Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Muslim religious leaders – including one of Israel’s chief rabbis and the religious affairs advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Israel’s Sephardic Chief Rabbi…

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As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution ‘intensifies’

As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution 'intensifies'

As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution ‘intensifies’ Atheist : From an altar in a dingy backyard four hours from Beijing, Paul Dong is conducting mass. He’s also breaking the law. Dong and his parishioners are among millions of illegal Christians worshiping in officially atheist China. According to a new report from US-based NGO Freedom House, persecution of Chinese Christians and other faith groups has “intensified” in recent years. “Combining both violent and nonviolent methods, the (Communist) Party’s policies are designed to curb the rapid growth of religious…

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Muslim Man Breaks Religious Barriers, Performs Hindu Friend’s Last Rites

Muslim Man Breaks Religious Barriers, Performs Hindu Friend's Last Rites

Muslim Man Breaks Religious Barriers, Performs Hindu Friend’s Last Rites Religion has at times come in the way of love, happiness and friendship. But this time it wasn’t to win. Rising above his religious beliefs and the faith he practiced, Razzak Khan Tikari, a resident of Chhattisgarh, did what only a few of us have the heart to do. Breaking all religious barriers Razzak, despite being a follower of Islam, performed Hindu rites for his deceased friend, Santosh Singh. Singh who belonged to Harda area and was living with his…

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Religious war brews as Imams demand arrest of CAN president, others over Kaduna mayhem

Religious war brews as Imams demand arrest of CAN president, others over Kaduna mayhem

Religious war brews as Imams demand arrest of CAN president, others over Kaduna mayhem Religious : The Council of Imams and Ulama in Kaduna state has demanded the arrest and prosecution of the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and others for the alleged escalation of the mayhem in Southern Kaduna. The Imams in Kaduna said the statements by the Christian leaders provoked more violence The part of Kaduna has since late 2016 witnessed heavy attacks and killings despite security deployment and curfew imposed by the government. The…

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WHICH RELIGIOUS GROUPS ARE THE MOST EDUCATED?

WHICH RELIGIOUS GROUPS ARE THE MOST EDUCATED?

WHICH RELIGIOUS GROUPS ARE THE MOST EDUCATED? MUSLIMS AND HINDUS ARE THE LOWEST EDUCATED GROUPS, BUT BOTH ARE MAKING GIGANTIC LEAPS IN INCREASING THEIR EDUCATION LEVELS. The most highly educated are the Jews, followed by Christians, while the groups that receive the least higher education are Muslims and Hindus. However, education in these groups is rising steadily, especially among their women. The findings are brought to us by a global demographic study by the Pew Research Center. Which Religious Groups are the Most Educated? TWEET THIS There are two patterns…

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Saudi Arabia hopes for religious tourism boost

Saudi Arabia hopes for religious tourism boost

Saudi Arabia hopes for religious tourism boost Image copyrightAPImage captionSaudi Arabia says 30 million pilgrims could visit the country annually by 2030 With Saudi Arabia’s government announcing reforms aimed at moving the kingdom away from its dependence on oil, another source of income looks set to become a major contributor to the economy – religious tourism. The authorities plan to relax restrictions governing visas for Muslim pilgrims, meaning those travelling to Mecca and Medina will be able to extend their stay and visit non-religious cultural cities and sites. Projected growth…

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Theists Vs. Atheists: Who’s Better Off

Theists Vs. Atheists: Who's Better Off?

Theists Vs. Atheists: Who’s Better Off Like any religious conflict, this debate can only be settled with a point system. A Darwin fish meets a Jesus fish.iStockphoto Atheists typically fancy themselves to be an intelligent bunch, so it’ll hearten them to know that a recent review of decades of research over 63 studies has found that atheists are on average more intelligent than believers. As is the case with any theological zero-sum game between atheists and theists, the study has sparked a torrent of evangelical atheist boasting on news comment…

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Religious People More Emphatic But Less Likely To Be Critical Thinkers: Study

Religious People More Emphatic But Less Likely To Be Critical Thinkers: Study - See more at: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/144736/20160328/religious-people-more-emphatic-but-less-likely-to-be-critical-thinkers-study.htm#sthash.sz8Fi2Lz.dpuf

Religious People More Emphatic But Less Likely To Be Critical Thinkers: Study Religious : In their hit single “Science & Faith,” Irish pop rock band The Script mused, “You won’t find faith or hope down a telescope / You won’t find heart and soul in the stars.” A group of scientists found that when it comes to science and faith, it all boils down to how the brain works and empathy. Empathy, Not Sympathy Empathy is the ability to understand and share the emotions of another human being even if…

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Religious people ‘more likely to be viewed as generous and trustworthy’

Religious people 'more likely to be viewed as generous and trustworthy'

Religious people ‘more likely to be viewed as generous and trustworthy’ Religious : Going to church or temple regularly can leave a greater impression than ‘more dramatic public ritual acts [that] involve enduring serious pain’ People who regularly attend religious services are more likely to be seen as an upstanding member of the community than those who take part in more dramatic displays of religious devotion – such as walking over hot coals, being stabbed with a spear or becoming possessed – according to a new study. Dr Eleanor Power, of the…

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Religious people understand the world less, study suggests

Religious people understand the world less, study suggests

Religious people understand the world less, study suggests Religious people are more likely to have a poorer understanding of the world and are more likely to believe objects like rocks and paper have human qualities, scientists say. Researchers at the University of Helsinki compared believers in God or the paranormal to people with autism after finding they tend to struggle to understand the realities of the world around us. Religious beliefs were linked with a weaker ability to understand physical and biological phenomenon such as volcanoes, flowers, rocks and wind without giving them…

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In Religious Freedom Debate, 2 American Values Clash Listen· 7:01

In Religious Freedom Debate, 2 American Values Clash Listen· 7:01

In Religious Freedom Debate, 2 American Values Clash Protesters and LGBT activists rally outside Trump International Hotel this month in Washington, D.C. Drew Angerer/Getty Images The collision of two core American values — freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination — is prompting a showdown in legislatures and courts across the country. For some conservatives, religious freedom means the right to act on their opposition to same-sex marriage and other practices that go against their beliefs. LGBT advocates and their allies, meanwhile, say no one in the United States should…

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As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution ‘intensifies’

As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution 'intensifies'

As atheist China warms to the Vatican, religious persecution ‘intensifies’ Atheist : He’s also breaking the law. Dong and his parishioners are among millions of illegal Christians worshiping in officially atheist China. According to a new report from US-based NGO Freedom House, persecution of Chinese Christians and other faith groups has “intensified” in recent years. “Combining both violent and nonviolent methods, the (Communist) Party’s policies are designed to curb the rapid growth of religious communities and eliminate certain beliefs and practices,” the report said. Its release comes amid hot speculation…

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How to reverse surge in religious hate crime?

How to reverse surge in religious hate crime?

How to reverse surge in religious hate crime?   reverse : Last week there was a report in the French press that an Israeli salon was marketing a discreet hair-based kippa – the small cap worn as a visible symbol of Jewish faith – to European Jews who don’t want to be that visible any more. It is the kind of story that feels like it’s a sign of the times in the wake of the Paris attacks and heightened concern among British security chiefs for the safety of Jewish…

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6 questions for Clinton and Trump on protecting religious minorities

6 questions for Clinton and Trump on protecting religious minorities

6 questions for Clinton and Trump on protecting religious minorities Clinton : About 190 million Americans affiliate with a rich and diverse variety of religious groups in our great country. The genius of our Founding Fathers guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Because of their determination and foresight, Americans are able, by law and in practice, to find meaning and blessing in religion, unmolested by anyone who holds different beliefs or…

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Religious groups, leaders respond to new immigration policies

Religious groups, leaders respond to new immigration policies

Religious groups, leaders respond to new immigration policies Religious organizations and leaders were swift to react to new Trump administration policies that will widely expand deportations of undocumented immigrants. Religious : “These policies are destructive to families,” said Bishop Dwayne Royster, political director of the PICO National Network, an interfaith organization that provides services to immigrants. “The president, with malicious intent, is attempting to destabilize our nation and communities by breaking up families through deportation and detention.” The policies, laid out in a memorandum released Tuesday (Feb. 21) by the…

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The 50th anniversary of the greatest religious movement few have heard of

The 50th anniversary of the greatest religious movement few have heard of

The 50th anniversary of the greatest religious movement few have heard of (RNS) This month marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the most important Catholic lay movement of the past century. Anniversary : The Catholic Charismatic Renewal ranks second only to Protestant Pentecostalism among significant new Christian movements to emerge over the past century. Like Pentecostalism, the CCR was made in the USA. At a prayer retreat in a Pittsburgh suburb led by two Duquesne University professors, several students experienced baptism in the Holy Spirit. From Duquesne, the…

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Pope Francis admits there’s corruption at the Vatican

Pope Francis admits there’s corruption at the Vatican

Pope Francis admits there’s corruption at the Vatican VATICAN CITY (RNS) In a talk with representatives of Catholic men’s religious orders, Pope Francis admitted there’s “corruption” in the Vatican but said he is not troubled by it and is working to reform the church administration. “There is corruption in the Vatican. But I’m at peace. … If there is a problem, I write a note to St. Joseph and put it under a statue that I have in my room. It is a statue of St. Joseph sleeping. And now he…

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Now even Christians in Europe are under threat: Report claims hundreds of attacks on religious grounds

Now even Christians in Europe are under threat: Report claims hundreds of attacks on religious grounds Christians : According to a report by the Vienna-based Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe in the past year hundreds of attacks have been carried out against Christianity. The 2013 report was released on Thursday and documents 241 cases of intolerance against Christians. The voluntary group’s report includes details of hate-based attacks on Christians and their institutions, including arson, graffiti and vandalism. According to a report by the Vienna-based Observatory on…

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6 Fast Actions President Trump Can Take for Religious Freedom

6 Fast Actions President Trump Can Take for Religious Freedom

6 Fast Actions President Trump Can Take for Religious Freedom Actions : As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to take action to defend religious freedom. In October, he sent a letter to a prominent pro-life Catholic organization, promising to protect the rights of all Americans “to live their faith, to serve their communities, and to act on their beliefs without fear.” Six areas are especially ripe for Trump to take fast action to fulfill his promise, including in the government’s regulation of religious institutions, in federal contracting, in employment,…

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These 6 Battlefields in 2017 Could Determine Religious Freedom’s Future

These 6 Battlefields in 2017 Could Determine Religious Freedom’s Future Major opportunities, and hazards, lie ahead in the next 12 months Battlefields : Powerful institutions are manipulating the law to secularize America and make people of faith into second-class citizens. But in 2017, attorneys defending religious freedom have an opportunity to change that secular future. Perhaps the most promising opportunity lies in six areas of legal conflict—six “battlefields”—within the federal courts. First Liberty attorneys have an open door to: win or advance sweeping, historic victories in cases within these six…

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RUSSIA SETS THE STAGE FOR RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY WITH NEW BUDDHIST TEMPLE

RUSSIA SETS THE STAGE FOR RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY WITH NEW BUDDHIST TEMPLE

RUSSIA SETS THE STAGE FOR RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY WITH NEW BUDDHIST TEMPLE MOSCOW’S FIRST BUDDHIST TEMPLE, SYMBOLIZING RUSSIA’S RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY AND PROMOTING FRIENDLY INTER-CONFESSIONAL AND INTER-ETHNIC RELATIONS, WILL BE BUILT IN RUSSIA’S CAPITAL BY 2017. A first in Moscow, a Buddhist temple is being constructed under the premise of promoting acceptance of diverse religious beliefs and facilitating relations between various ethnic and religious groups. In the spring of 2015, ground will be broken for the construction of the temple; it’s expected that the temple will be complete by 2017.  With a…

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Harvard Launches Free Online Course to Promote Religious Literacy

Harvard Launches Free Online Course to Promote Religious Literacy

Harvard Launches Free Online Course to Promote Religious Literacy Through a new course on world religions, Harvard will soon be exploring scriptural interpretations of six different traditions. Pakistan Today Content provided by Asianet-Pakistan Republish Reprint One of the schools of the Harvard University has launched a free online course hoping to “increase religious understanding, open up crucial dialogues and perhaps ‘change the world’”. Senior lecturer and Director of ‘The Literacy project’ at Harvard Divinity School Diane Moore has modest goals for her upcoming online course titled, “World Religions through Their…

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Religious people understand the world less, study suggests

Religious people understand the world less, study suggests

Religious people understand the world less, study suggests Religious people are more likely to have a poorer understanding of the world and are more likely to believe objects like rocks and paper have human qualities, scientists say. Researchers at the University of Helsinki compared believers in God or the paranormal to people with autism after finding they tend to struggle to understand the realities of the world around us. Religious beliefs were linked with a weaker ability to understand physical and biological phenomenon such as volcanoes, flowers, rocks and wind without giving them…

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