WEEK IN RELIGION

A recent college graduate won her battle to mention Jesus and the Bible in her graduation speech last week. Colorado Mesa University student Karissa Erickson was initially told by the university that “speeches should be free of any one religious slant.” But thanks to a letter sent to the university by the Alliance Defending Freedom to appeal the rule prohibiting religious content in school-related speeches, Erickson was allowed to give her speech on May 11. Despite the school allowing Erickson to give her speech, some university officials said she could face “repercussions” by leaving the references to Jesus and the Bible in her speech.

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THE STUDY

Majority of U.S. Muslims fast during Ramandan

According to a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, the majority of U.S. Muslims fast (from sunrise to sunset) during the holy month of Ramadan. The survey found 80 percent celebrate Ramadan by fasting. The survey also found that more Muslim adults fast during Ramadan than pray fives times a day (42 percent) or attend mosque weekly (43 percent).

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GOOD BOOK?

“Unexpected: Leave Fear Behind, Move Forward in Faith, Embrace the Adventure” by Christine Caine

In “Unexpected,” author Christine Caine helps us walk into the life God has for us — unknowns and all. Using dramatic examples from her own journey, Caine offers real-life strategies and biblical inspiration to help us move from fear and worry about ourselves to hope and trust in God. As we learn new ways to manage disappointment, strengthen our hearts, and build our faith, we can enjoy a new adventure with God that is more fulfilling than any day we spend trying to anticipate what will happen next.

— Zondervan

THE WORD

glossolalia: Pronounced “glos-uh-LAY-lee-uh.” A form of speaking in tongues. Mentioned as a practice in the New Testament, and a hallmark of contemporary Pentecostal and some charismatic Christians.

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RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

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

• Roman Catholic: 78.3 percent

• Church of Ireland: 2.7 percent

• Other Christian: 1.6 percent

• Orthodox: 1.3 percent

• Muslim: 1.3 percent

• Other: 2.4 percent

• None: 9.8 percent

• Unspecified: 2.6 percent

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