Weekly religion rail, with news bits and standing features.
Actress Halle Berry apologized after saying on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” that a distorted picture of her made her look like her “Jewish cousin,” the New York Post reported. The picture showed Berry with a disproportionately large nose. The comment didn’t make it on air, but Berry tried to do damage control by telling the Post, "I so didn't mean to offend anybody. … It was just supposed to be a silly segment. I am so sorry, and I apologize."
Eco-justice: A term used by many ecologists to refer justice for the Earth and all species of life who live in it. It involves a major change from our present anthropocentrism to biocentrism and geocentrism -- making the health of all life forms and the Earth itself of paramount importance. – Religioustolerance.org
“The Complete Idiot's Guide to the World of Narnia,” by James S. Bell Jr.: This fun-to-read reference guide goes through each book in Lewis's bestselling fantasy series, examining characters and events for literary and religious comparison. Includes: explanations of how Lewis's life experiences influenced the Chronicles; examples of Lewis's rich use of symbolism and allegory; a breakdown of characters and events; well-researched parallels between the world of Narnia and Christianity, and more. – Barnes&Noble
Oct. 31: All Hallow’s Eve (Christian): Christian celebration of mystery combining prayers and merriment involving children and families. It is a prelude to All Saint's Day. – Interfaithcalendar.org
Oct. 31: Reformation Day (Protestant): Protestant Christian anniversary of their tradition and its emphasis on the place of the Bible and religious freedom. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted a belief statement on Wittenberg Church door. – Interfaithcalendar.org
Nov. 1: All Saints' Day (Christian): Christian day for honoring saints, known and unknown. In general, saints are people with a reputation for unusual lives of holiness and devotion to God or who were martyred for their faith. A Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church, where saints have special formal status. – Interfaithcalendar.org
Nov. 2: All Souls' Day (Christian): Christian day of prayers of remembrance and intercession for the dead. Prayers of the faithful are seen as helping to cleanse the souls for the vision of God in heaven. – Interfaithcalendar.org
Religious profile of U.S. Hispanics: About 15 percent of U.S. Hispanics identify themselves as evangelicals, making them the second largest religious group in the Latino community. Other Protestants, including mainline Protestants (5 percent) and members of other groups such as Jehovah's Witnesses, account for another 8 percent. Most Hispanics (68 percent) are Roman Catholics, while seculars account for 8 percent of the total. Members of other faiths barely make up 1 percent of the Latino community. – Pewforum.org
Quote of Note
“Most Oklahomans do not endorse the idea of killing innocent women and children in the name of ideology.”
Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Sand Springs, Okla., in a letter to fellow legislators decrying the Quran after he was given a copy of it (and refused to accept it), Tulsa World reported.
Religion Around the World
Religious makeup of The Bahamas:
Baptist: 35.4 percent
Anglican 15.1 percent
Roman Catholic: 13.5 percent
Pentecostal: 8.1 percent
Church of God: 4.8 percent
Methodist: 4.2 percent
Other Christian: 15.2 percent
None, unspecified or other: 3.7 percent
- Source: CIA World Factbook
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