Religion News in Brief 2nd March 2017

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Woman practising Islam

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Islam to become largest world religion by 2070

According to the Daily, the sole religion with a growth rate faster than the global population is Islam. It has an expected growth between 2010 and 2050 of 73%. It contrasts with only 35% for the global Christian population in that same period.

The main growth centres are going to be Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan. The new research comes from the Pew Research Centre, which operates out of the United States of America.

“The estimations, compiled from figures from a number of Pew reports, found if both faiths continue to grow at the same rate, [then]there will be” approximately 2.76 billion Muslims and 2.92 billion Christians by the year 2050.  Islam will have a bigger following than Christianity by 2070.

 

Elemental Book & Curiosity Shop owner Dominique Smith says damage to her store, which sells alternative spirituality products, should be investigated as a hate crime.

Image Credit: CBC News.

Hate crime on Pagan shop

CBC News states that an attack on a Pagan store can be considered a hate crime. A University of Winnipeg religion professor stated that the attacks on a West End shop, which sells spirituality products, can be considered “hate crimes.”

A self-identified witch, Dominique Smith, owns the alternative spirituality store, Elemental Book & Curiosity Shop. It was “spit and urinated on, broken into and had its windows smashed over the past six years.”

Smith wanted the acts investigated as a hate crime—the recent incident. Winnipeg Police Service said a hate crime that involves property requires the “commission…to be based on bias, prejudice or hate based on religion, race, colour or national or ethnic origin.

 

Believers’ ‘Black Market’ in China

The Globe and Mail reported that “Under President Xi Jinping, followers of many faiths have been pushed ‘to operate outside the law and to view the regime as unreasonable, unjust, or illegitimate,’ says The Battle for China’s Spirit.”

The Battle for China’s Spirit is a recent report from Freedom House, which is an NGO based in Washington. It advocates for civil liberties. Based on the report, Christians are “barred from gathering for Christmas” and “Muslims a

A man prays on the first day of the Tibetan New Year at the Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing on February 27, 2017. (GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Image Credit: The Globe and Mail

re jailed for praying outdoors.”

Buddhists are forced to take patriotic re-education. Officials in China have banned holiday celebrations and have had places of worship desecrated. The security forces throughout the country “detain, torture, or kill believers from various faiths on a daily basis.”

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