WEEK IN RELIGION
A Muslim woman alleges that she was denied an unopened can of Coke on a United Airlines flight due to a flight attendant’s fear that she may try to use the can as a weapon. During Tahera Ahmad’s flight to Washington, D.C., Ahmad said the same flight attendant then handed an unopened can of beer to a non-Muslim passenger. The airline has apologized for what it characterized as a “misunderstanding,” but says the incident was not related to Ahmad’s faith.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 29 percent of people who identify as gay said they were Protestant, while 17 percent said they were Catholic. Around 8 percent of gay respondents said they were atheists.
‘Hiding in the Light’ by Rifqa Bary
“Hiding in the Light” is the story of Rifqa’s remarkable spiritual journey from Islam to Christianity. It is also the untold story of how she ran from her father’s threats to find refuge with strangers in Florida, only to face a controversial court case that reached national headlines. Most of all, it is the story of a young girl who made life-changing sacrifices to follow Jesus — and who inspires us to do the same.
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Five Precepts: In Buddhism, principles for conduct that are followed by lay adherents. They are: Do not kill; do not steal; do not lie; do not be unchaste; do not take intoxicants. These precepts have broader, metaphorical as well as literal applications; for example, “Do not steal” means more broadly, “Do not take what is not given.”
RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of South Africa is:
• Protestant: 36.6 percent
• Catholic: 7.1 percent
• Muslim: 1.5 percent
• Other Christian: 36 percent
• Unspecified: 1.4 percent
• None: 15.1 percent
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Religion News: Muslim woman speaks out about airline discrimination
WEEK IN RELIGION