Religion News: Indiana Republicans to amend ‘religious freedom’ law
WEEK IN RELIGION
Republican legislators in Indiana announced March 30 that they will be working to add language to the recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act to ensure that it does not allow for discrimination against gay people. The passage of the RFRA — which prohibits state laws that “burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs — was met with widespread criticism after Gov. Mike Pence signed the act late last month.
The 2015 Religious Understandings of Science survey conducted by researcher Elaine Ecklund and colleagues at Rice University’s Religion & Public Life Program found that 48 percent of evangelicals believe that science and religion can work together. The study polled 10,000 Americans on their religious beliefs, focusing on evangelical Christians.
‘Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now’ by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Continuing her journey from a deeply religious Islamic upbringing to a post at Harvard, the brilliant, charismatic and controversial New York Times and Globe and Mail No. 1 bestselling author of “Infidel and Nomad” makes a powerful plea for a Muslim reformation as the only way to end the horrors of terrorism, sectarian warfare and the repression of women and minorities.
Mennonite: Mennonites trace their origins to the Swiss Anabaptist movement of the 16th century. Today, there are several kinds of Mennonite communities in North America. Old Order Mennonites are quite similar to the Amish in dress and rejection of modern conveniences, but many other Mennonites wear contemporary clothing, live in urban communities and are distinguished chiefly by a commitment to social justice and a refusal to salute the flag, which they regard as idolatrous.
RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Switzerland is:
• Roman Catholic: 38.2 percent
• Protestant: 26.9 percent
• Other Christian: 5.7 percent
• Muslim: 4.9 percent
• Other: 1.6 percent
• None: 21.4 percent
• Unspecified: 1.3 percent
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