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Religion News in Brief – April 22nd, 2017

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Get the old-time religion out of politics

The Courier Journal’s Linda Allewalt argues that we don’t need any old-time religion, and stated, “Obama felt that Democrats needed to stop being shy about witnessing their religious beliefs. He changed his approach to religious expression in the political arena.”

Previous American president Barack Obama gradually expressed less personal religious perspectives through church and state separation. Indeed, “his ideas have influenced many Democrats.”

There began to be faith outreach staff for the Democrats in campaigns. Chaplains would start political rallies with their prayers. He spoke in more churches. He even appeared on the stage with Rev. Rick Warren.

Allewalt noted, “The efforts to convince voters that the Democrats represent a more “true” interpretation of what being Christian entails has been fruitless and has worked to weaken the Establishment Clause. So too has the attempt to tie ethical and moral ideas solely to religion, which Fitzsimmons does as well. It enforces stereotypes of non-religious people as having no foundation for morality, which in turn encourages discrimination against them.”

 

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Religion’s recession in the young

MarketWatch states that numerous studies, and research in general, are showing young people losing their religion in much larger numbers than their elders or parents. Religion has been losing its grip with each subsequent generation.

“In the 2015 Pew Research Center report on religion and public life, 36% of 21- to 27-year-olds are classified as unaffiliated, a far higher proportion than among their parents’ (17%) or grandparents’ (11%) generations. ”

The majority of emerging adults feel as thought the mere acceptance of their parents’ religious belief is not an acceptable thing. Youth will modify, reject, or possibly confirm their faith claims in their individuated search.

 

A Menominee Tribal biology class

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Religion and science viewed as one to many Native Americans

According to the Religion News Service, Native Americans do not have an explicit separation in perspective, in general, between religion and science. Science and religion are seen as compatible.

The relationship between Native Americans and formal scientists has been a “contentious one” in the past because the face value is that religion is more important to Native Americans than science. This is not necessarily true.

“For many Native Americans, like my grandmother, myth and medicine, religion and science, are not viewed as separate, but are interwoven into the fabric of our lives.”

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen is the Founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing. Jacobsen works for science and human rights, especially women’s and children’s rights. He considers the modern scientific and technological world the foundation for the provision of the basics of human life throughout the world and advancement of human rights as the universal movement among peoples everywhere.

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