Australians ditch religion at rapid rate, becoming more diverse

Australians ditch religion at rapid rate, becoming more diverse

Australians ditch religion at rapid rate, becoming more diverse Australians : Australia is becoming older and more diverse — both culturally and religiously — according to new datafrom the country’s census. While the first census in 1911 found the average Australian was a 24-year-old man, last year the typical Aussie was a married 38-year-old woman, who lives in a three-bedroom house, with two kids and two cars. The census, which is conducted every five years, found that Asians now make up the largest percentage of the overseas-born population, jumping from in 2011 — 32.9%…

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Parents in majority Muslim region of China banned from ‘luring’ children into religion

Parents in majority Muslim region of China banned from ‘luring’ children into religion

Parents in majority Muslim region of China banned from ‘luring’ children into religion In a bid to curb Islamic extremism, the Chinese government has announced that parents in a majority Muslim region will be reported to the police if they encourage or force their children into religious activities. The new rules for Xinjiang, scheduled to come into effect on November 1, explicitly state that parents and guardians cannot “organize, lure, or force minors into attending religious activities,” Xinjiang Daily reported, as quoted by Reuters. In addition, parents are forbidden from promoting…

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Does religion restrict freedom?

Does religion restrict freedom?

Does religion restrict freedom? The word ‘freedom’ is one of the great buzzwords of our culture. In the words of the rock band Queen, we all want to “break free”. Whether it’s Mel Gibson shouting “Freedom” as he is hung, drawn and quartered, or Martin Luther King crying “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last”, we all want freedom. But as Rousseau famously observed: “Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains”. What chains our freedom? Economics, certainly. After all I may…

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ISLAM TO OVERTAKE JUDAISM AS 2ND LARGEST RELIGION IN US BY 2040

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ISLAM TO OVERTAKE JUDAISM AS 2ND LARGEST RELIGION IN US BY 2040 Washington: According to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center, Islam is projected to be the 2nd most populous religion in the US and the American Muslim population becomes the second largest religious group in the country before 2040. The research center reports that there are about 3.3 million Muslims of all ages currently living in the United States, or about 1 % of the total U.S. population, and that’s expected to double to 2.1 percent by…

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Islam will be largest religion in the world by 2070, says report

Islam will be largest religion in the world by 2070, says report

Islam will be largest religion in the world by 2070, says report  By Olivia Rudgard, religious affairs correspondent 1 MARCH 2017 • 5:44PM Islam is the only religion growing faster than the world’s population, and it will be the largest in the world by 2070, research has found. US-based Pew Research Centre analysed demographic change among the world’s major religions and found that the world’s population of Muslims will grow by 73 per cent between 2010 and 2050, compared to 35 per cent for Christians, the next fastest-growing faith. The world’s population will…

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Haiti and the distortion of its Vodou religion

Haiti and the distortion of its Vodou religion I vividly remember walking out of a Boston movie theater at the age of 14 feeling that my Haitianness, my blackness, and my faith had been assaulted. I laughed uncomfortably as we re-enacted scenes from “The Serpent and the Rainbow,” Wes Craven’s 1988 horror film set in Haiti, which reached cult status within the genre. “I want to hear you scream,” hollered my friend in a fake Haitian accent. “Don’t let them bury me, I’m not dead” was my response, mimicking the…

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Sarah Lian A name doesn’t represent a person’s religion

Sarah Lian: A name doesn't represent a person's religion

Sarah Lian A name doesn’t represent a person’s religion A question on a Moral Studies paper for Year One students at a school here is coming under heavy criticism for being racist. Actress Sarah Lian (pic) said that the question indoctrinated young children to typecast people according to name and religion. The celebrity posted a photo of the exam paper on Facebook on Tuesday, calling it “archaic and racist”. The post has since gone viral and sparked outcry among Malaysians. The Moral Studies (Pendidikan Moral) exam paper from a national…

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Rollins student, prof clashed for weeks in religion class

Rollins student, prof clashed for weeks in religion class

Rollins student, prof clashed for weeks in religion class A Rollins College student who has accused his Muslim professor of religious discrimination has been clashing with his teacher since the semester started, court records show. Areej Zufari, the professor, was so concerned about the behavior of Marshall Polston, 20, that she filed a “protection against stalking” request against him on Friday in Orange Circuit Court. Rollins has temporarily suspended Polston from school. The injunction request includes a long email that Polston, a Christian, sent to the professor after he received…

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Last Jew In Pakistan’ Allowed To Profess His Religion

'Last Jew In Pakistan' Allowed To Profess His Religion

Last Jew In Pakistan’ Allowed To Profess His Religion ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has allowed a 29-year-old Jewish activist to change his religion from Islam to Judaism, an unusual move by authorities in the country. In normal circumstances, it would have been a normal practice to let Fishel Benkhald get religion of his choice in the column of religion for the forms filled to get national identity card and passport. But it was a task for Benkhaled as he was registered as a Muslim, and it could be interpreted as apostasy. The…

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The Guardian view on religion and violence: context is everything

The Guardian view on religion and violence: context is everything

The Guardian view on religion and violence: context is everything Guardian : There are no religions that are entirely pacifist because there are no societies entirely free of conflict. What matters is how the holy books are read Lord Pearson of Rannoch, the Ukip peer, has complained three times in the House of Lords that he cannot access the website called the Religion of Peace from there, and has been told three times that it is classed by parliament’s internet service as a racist hate site – and, in the…

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