WEEK IN RELIGION
A state commission voted on Sept. 29 to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Oklahoma Capitol grounds, after a state supreme court judge ordered its removal by Oct. 12.
The Capitol Preservation Commission oversees art displays in public spaces and voted 7-1 to authorize the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to remove the monument, which was erected in 2012.
In June, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the monument violated the state’s constitutional ban on the use of state property for the benefit of a religion. This ruling prompted some conservative legislators to look at impeaching the justices or amending the Oklahoma Constitution.
About 21 percent of incoming Harvard freshmen are agnostic, according to a survey conducted by their student newspaper, The Crimson Review. Agnostics also outnumber Catholics (17.1 percent) and Protestants (17 percent) and even atheists (16.6). The annual e-mail survey was completed by 1,184 students, which comprises more than 70 percent of the class of 2019.
‘Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life’ by Harold Kushner
The latest book from Kushner is his most personal since his best-seller “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” The author shares nine lessons from his teaching, studying and experiences as a rabbi. He also offers pragmatic advice, spiritual food-for-thought, and relates how his time as a twenty-first-century religious leader has shaped his senses of religion and morality. — Knopf
qawwali : Pronounced “kuh-WAH-lee.” The devotional songs of the Sufi tradition of Islam.
RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Chad is:
• Catholic: 20.1 percent
• Protestant: 14.2 percent
• Animist: 7.3 percent
• Unknown: 1.7 percent
• Muslim: 53.1 percent
• Other religion: 0.5 percent
• Atheist: 3.1 percent
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Religion News: Oklahoma must remove Ten Commandments from Capitol
WEEK IN RELIGION