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Religion in the News: GOP race turning into religious war?

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Mount Shasta Herald

Quote of Note

"Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?"

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, quoted by the New York Times in an article to appear Sunday. There is already much uproar over the quote, with Huckabee saying the comment is being taken out of context, and Mitt Romney saying, "Attacking someone's religion is really going too far." – Source: AP

Number to Know: Zero

Sister Kathy Avery’s approach to curse words: zero tolerance. The Michigan nun was telling fifth- to eighth-grade students about her policy -- and then she cursed like a sailor to let the students know exactly what is not acceptable. "It got a little quiet in church. Sometimes I think children don't know what words to use, they use them because they've heard them from other people," Sister Avery told UPI.

Good Book?

“The Secret Gratitude Book,” by Rhonda Byrne (editor): “The Secret” continues to be a publishing phenomenon, and now comes the companion book. “Gratitude Book” is full of affirmations and insights that allow you to bring joy and harmony to every aspect of your life. It also is interactive, as it challenges you to write every day a list of things you are grateful for now in your life, followed by a list of Gratitude Intentions -- all the things you want to come into your life. -– Amazon.com

Sacred Days

Dec. 16: Posadas Navidenas begins (Christian): Hispanic Christian feast of The Lodgings commemorating the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem in preparation for the birth of Jesus.

Dec. 18: Hajj begins (Islam): Islamic pilgrimage rites at Mecca on 7-12th days of month of Dhu al-Hajja. Concludes with Eid ul Adha when those not traveling to Mecca take part.

Dec. 20: Eid al Adha (Islam): Islamic Feast of Sacrifice. The most important feast of Islam. It concludes the Hajj and is a three-day festival recalling Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah.

Dec. 21: St. Thomas Day (Christian): Christian remembrance of the Apostle of Jesus who traveled east toward India and is now the Patron Saint of India and Pakistan. – Interfaithcalendar.org

The Word

Kippah (also spelled kippa and also called yarmulke): A head covering traditionally used only by male Jews. "The Code of Jewish Law says, 'It is forbidden to walk four cubits without a head covering.'" -- Religioustolerance.org

Religion Around the World

Religious makeup of Zimbabwe:

Syncretic (part Christian, part indigenous beliefs): 50 percent

Christian: 25 percent

Indigenous beliefs: 24 percent

Muslim and other: 1 percent

-- Source: CIA World Factbook

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