WEEK IN RELIGION

Almost a year after Air Force Colonel Leland Bohannon was suspended for refusing to sign a certificate in support of same-sex marriage, the Air Force recently reversed its decision. Bohannon originally cited his Christian faith for his refusal to sign the certificate of appreciate for the same-sex spouse of a retiring serviceman under his command. The Air Force then ruled that the incident was discrimination and Bohannon was passed up for a promotion to brigadier general. The First Liberty Institute filed an appeal with the Air Force Review Boards Agency on Bohannon’s behalf. In its reversal, the board state that Bohannon “had the right to exercise his sincerely held religious beliefs and did not unlawfully discriminate when he declined to sign the certificate.”

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STUDY SAYS

Flat earthers consider themselves to be very religious

According to a new YouGov.com poll, people who believe that the earth is flat tend to be more religious. The study found that 52 percent of people who are “flat earthers” consider themselves to be very religious, while 17 percent said they were not religious at all.

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GOOD BOOK?

“The Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural” by Lee Strobel

New York Times bestselling author Lee Strobel trains his investigative sights on the hot-button issue of whether it’s credible to believe God intervenes supernaturally in people’s lives today. This provocative book starts with an unlikely interview in which America’s foremost skeptic builds a seemingly persuasive case against the miraculous. But then Strobel travels the country to quiz scholars to see whether they can offer solid answers to atheist objections. Along the way, he encounters astounding accounts of healings and other phenomena that simply cannot be explained away by naturalistic causes. The book features the results of exclusive new scientific polling that shows miracle accounts are much more common than people think.

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THE WORD

bar mitzvah: Means “son of commandment” in Hebrew and Aramaic. A milestone in Judaism in which a person is no longer a child in the eyes of Jewish law and is now responsible for his or her own actions spiritually, ethically and morally.

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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Jordan is:

• Muslim: 97.2 percent

• Christian: 2.2 percent

• Buddhist: 0.4 percent

• Hindu: 0.1 percent

• Jewish: 0.1 percent

• Folk religionist: 0.1 percent

• Unaffiliated: 0.1 percent

• Other: 0.1 percent

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