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NEWS via AlaskaDispatch: How religion in the US today tracks closely with geography

February 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

How religion in the US today tracks closely with geography Brad KnickerbockerThe Christian Science Monitor February 9, 2014 Tell me where you live, and there’s a good chance I’ll know your religion.  Mississippi or Alabama? Protestant. Rhode Island or New Jersey? Roman Catholic. Mormon? That’s easy: Utah, although a substantial minority in Idaho is Mormon too. Vermont or Oregon? You could well be “unchurched.” Demography isn’t exactly spiritual destiny. But for most Americans, their religious identity tracks closely with where they live. If they’re Protestant, they’re more likely to live in the South. Seven of the ten most-Catholic states, on the other hand, are in the Northeast – although California and New Mexico, with heavily Hispanic populations, have large numbers of Catholics as well. These are some of the findings in a new Gallup survey. “All 10 of the most Protestant states are located in the South,” Gallup reported this week. “Nine of these [...]

NEWS via PRI: A Haitian artist fights to preserve the vodou religion

January 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Listen to the full story here  A Haitian artist fights to preserve the vodou religion Credit: Swoan Parker/Reuters A vodou worshipper takes part in festivities on the first day of the Haitian Festival of Ancestors in Port-au-Prince. Erol Josué is a dancer, a recording artist, a vodou priest, and an expert on the vodou religion’s culture and history. “They beat me in the name of Jesus,” Josué sings in one song. “They burn me in the name of Jesus.” The lyrics of this old vodou song date back to slavery days in the 18th Century, but their warning rings true today for some vodou practitioners — or vodouisants — who feel under attack. The old joke goes that Haiti is 70 percent Catholic, 30 percent Protestant and 100 percent Vodou. For Josué, this is no joking matter. Last year, he took a government job as head of Haiti’s National Ethnology Office. He’s on a mission to get Haitians to realize that they need to embrace their vodou heritage [...]

NEWS via PRI-The World: ‘Burka Avenger’ Cartoon Aimed at Empowering Pakistani Girls | @pritheworld

September 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Topics: Gender empowerment, GEM, Gender Equity, Religion, Islam ———————– ‘Burka Avenger’ Cartoon Aimed at Empowering Pakistani Girls BY NINA PORZUCKI ⋅ JULY 26, 2013 ⋅ POST A COMMENT This past Sunday, TV host Aamir Liaquat Hussain gave one couple the surprise of a lifetime. He handed the childless couple an abandoned baby girl to keep. He stunned the couple and the nation. Hussain’s stunt is an extreme example of a relatively new phenomenon says Arif Rafiq who studies Pakistani politics for the Middle East Institute. “Pakistan has a booming private media,” Rafiq says. “Dozens of privately owned news channels and cable entertainment changes and much of the content is religious. So what we see is a merging of religious sentiment as well as a budding form of commercialism and materialism and capitalism and what we saw in that television program was an ugly confluence of the two.” Model Mathira Mohammed starring in the [...]
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