WEEK IN RELIGION
A day after 49 people were killed in a terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, Pope Francis condemned the the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history and also lashed out about the ease of deadly weapon distribution. Speaking at the United Nations World Food program event on Monday, Pope Francis pointed out a “strange paradox” between the ease of weapons circulating the world and the numerous obstacles in place for the distribution of aid. “It makes no difference where arms come from — they circulate with brazen and virtually absolute freedom in many parts of the world,” the Pop told the audience. The Pontiff also said that aid and food are obstructed by political decisions and warped ideology. On Sunday, the Vatican released a statement saying Pope Francis had the “deepest feelings of horror and condemnation” about the attack, and that he joined the families of the victims in prayer and compassion.
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SURVEY SAYS
U.S. religious groups differ on gay-lesbian relations
Jews and those who no religious preference are more liberal on their views of gay and lesbian relations, according to a recent Gallup Poll. The poll found that 83 percent of those stating that they have no religion and 85 percent of Jews said that gay-lesbian relations were “morally acceptable.” Other religious groups polled were less liberal in their views of homosexual relationships. Sixty-two percent of Catholics, 41 percent of Protestants and just 28 percent of Mormons said that gay-lesbian relations were “morally acceptable.”
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GOOD BOOK?
“Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World” by Shadi Hamid
In Islamic Exceptionalism, Brookings Institution scholar and acclaimed author Shadi Hamid offers a novel and provocative argument on how Islam is, in fact, “exceptional” in how it relates to politics, with profound implications for how we understand the future of the Middle East. Divides among citizens aren’t just about power but are products of fundamental disagreements over the very nature and purpose of the modern nation state ? and the vexing problem of religion’s role in public life. Hamid argues for a new understanding of how Islam and Islamism shape politics by examining different models of reckoning with the problem of religion and state, including the terrifying ? and alarmingly successful ? example of ISIS.
— St. Martin’s Press

THE WORD
inerrancy: A term applied to an interpretation of the Bible that holds that every word is accurate, error free and literally true.
— ReligionStylebook.com

RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Belize is:
— Roman Catholic: 62.9 percent
— Protestant: 31.5 percent
— Jehovah’s Witness: 1.7 percent
— Other: 10.5 percent
— Unknown: 0.6 percent
— None: 15.5 percent
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