Religion News: Court rules crucifix in Italian classroom violates religious freedoms
The European court of human rights has ordered Italy to pay more than $7,000 to a woman who fought for eight years to have crucifixes removed from her children’s public school classrooms.
According to wire reports, the court rejected claims that the crucifix is a national symbol of Italy, and said secular, state-run schools must remain neutral.
The did not order Italy to remove crucifixes from public schools, but the ruling is the latest in a series of lawsuits regarding religious symbols in public schools. The ruling can still be appealed, and the Italian government plans to appeal the decision.
Man sees image of Jesus on truck
A man in Johnson City, Tenn., says the image of Jesus appears on his truck nearly every morning.
According to wire reports, Jim Stevens said the image shows up in the condensation on the driver’s side window of his truck, and has appeared for two weeks.
Stevens said he won’t wash the truck for a while in order to preserve the image.
A new comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 1.57 billion Muslims of all ages living in the world today, representing 23 percent of an estimated 2009 world population of 6.8 billion.
-- Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
“Angels on Assignment” by Perry Stone
In this book from best-selling author Perry Stone, he examines one of the most unusual covenants in the Scriptures, the Mizpah Covenant. This covenant has the power to release angels to assist us and forges a protective covenant.
Discover how angels are involved in the lives of people on a personal and practical level. Stone discusses biblical and current examples of angelic protection and reveals the steps to engaging in a covenant relationship with God that engages the help of his angels.
Learn the kinds of assignments given to the angels, and discover five things that can offend angels and hinder their protection to man.
Get to Know … Keith Green
Keith Green (1953-1982) was an American gospel singer and contemporary Christian music artist.
Green became a born-again Christian with his wife, and the couple became involved with the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in California, an evangelical movement.
Green was signed to contemporary Christian music label Sparrow Records in 1976 and worked several albums. After negotiating a release from his contract with Sparrow, Green refused to charge money for concerts or albums.
In 1978, Last Days Ministries began publishing the Last Days Newsletter, which became Last Days Magazine. It featured articles by Green and his wife as well as contemporary Christian authors, plus reprints of works by classic Christian authors.
Along with eleven others, Keith Green died on July 28, 1982, in a plane crash.
Two full albums of original songs were released after his death, and a release in 1987 contained his complete works in addition to some previously unreleased songs. In 2008, Last Days Ministries and Sparrow Records partnered together and released “The Live Experience - Special Edition,” a CD/DVD combination of 16 live recordings and four hours of DVD footage. A "Greatest Hits" album was also released at the same time.
Mandap: A sacred wedding tent used by Hindus. -- www.religioustolerance.org
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of South Africa
Zion Christian: 11.1 percent
Pentecostal/Charismatic: 8.2 percent
Catholic: 7.1 percent
Methodist: 6.8 percent
Dutch Reformed: 6.7 percent
Anglican: 3.8 percent
Muslim: 1.5 percent
Other Christian: 36 percent
Other: 2.3 percent
Unspecified: 1.4 percent
None: 15.1 percent
-- CIA Factbook
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