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#Christianity

# christianity - Sunday 17 July, 2011

From The Daily Edge Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads Sitdown Sunday

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

The very best of the week’s writing from around the globe.

# christianity - Friday 20 May, 2011

From The Daily Edge Are you ready for the end of the world? It's tomorrow, according to this man Rapture

Are you ready for the end of the world? It's tomorrow, according to this man

Thousands of followers of fringe US Christian figure Harold Camping have packed their bags for heaven tomorrow – but it’s not good news for the rest of us.

# christianity - Sunday 8 May, 2011

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things you need to know at 9am: Appeal for missing person; Northern assembly filled; violence in Egypt; a one per cent cut on Ireland’s bailout; Queen’s visit concerns; and the French president intervenes in his country’s racial quota row.

# christianity - Saturday 23 April, 2011

Poll: Did the Good Friday ban on alcohol sales impact on you? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Did the Good Friday ban on alcohol sales impact on you?

Pubs and off-licences were shut yesterday – but while the closure has become controversial, did it really matter to you?

# christianity - Tuesday 19 April, 2011

Divisive 'Piss Christ' piece attacked by vandals in France Piss Christ This post contains images

Divisive 'Piss Christ' piece attacked by vandals in France

The controversial 1987 photograph – named “Immersion (Piss Christ)” – which depicts a crucifix submerged in urine has been attacked with a hammer while on exhibition in France.

# christianity - Tuesday 12 April, 2011

From The Daily Edge Filmmaker claims to have found nails used in Jesus' crucifixion Nails

Filmmaker claims to have found nails used in Jesus' crucifixion

A new movie by Simcha Jacobovici claims that two artefacts found in a Tel Aviv lab could the ones used to kill Jesus.

# christianity - Friday 18 March, 2011

Religious symbols permitted in classrooms: European Court

In a landmark case that on religious symbols in schools that will be binding across Europe, the European Court of Human Rights has said that crucifixes should be permitted in Italian classrooms.

# christianity - Wednesday 9 March, 2011

Ten things you may not know about Ash Wednesday

Christians across the country will be observing the holy day – but how much do you know about it?

# christianity - Tuesday 18 January, 2011

Gay couple wins appeal over hotel's policy "discrimination"

A Christian couple is told their policy that unmarried couples – including homosexuals – cannot share rooms is unlawful.

# christianity - Tuesday 28 September, 2010

Atheists know more about religion than faithful

A US survey says that non-believers, on average, know more about the beliefs of different religions than their members.

# christianity - Friday 20 August, 2010

A GROWING NUMBER of Americans believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim, while the number of those who believe he is a Christian has declined.

A nationwide survey by the Pew Research Centre shows that nearly 18% of Americans believe Obama is Muslim (up from 11% in March 2009), 34% believe he is Christian (down from 48% in 2009) and 43% say they don’t know what religion he is.

The survey was carried out and completed before August, before Obama’s comments regarding the construction of a mosque near the Ground Zero.

Split between critics and supporters

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the view that Obama is Muslim is more prevalent amongst his opponents than his supporters.

When respondents were asked how they had learned about Obama’s religion, in a opened-ended question, 60% said from the media – mostly from television.

Out of those who believe that Obama is Muslim, 11%  say they learned of his religion through his behaviour and what he has said.

Political undertones

It seems that beliefs about Obama’s religion are closely related to perceptions of him politically: those who say he is Muslim strongly criticise his job performance, whereas those who say he is Christian approve of his performance. And, accordingly, those who are not sure about his religion are divided regarding his job performance.

However the American public generally believes he handles his religious beliefs appropriately, seeing him as less influenced by religion than his predecessor George W Bush.