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    • Acknowledgments July 5, 2018
      This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at pewresearch.org/religion. Primary Researchers Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director of Research Research Team Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher Becka A. Alper, Research Associate Kian […]
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    • How Does Pew Research Center Measure the Religious Composition of the U.S.? Answers to Frequently Asked Questions July 5, 2018
      Question 1: Measuring religious identity How does Pew Research Center measure the religious identity of survey respondents and the religious composition of the U.S.? Answer: Generally, we rely on respondents’ self-identification.  A key question we ask in many surveys is: “What is your present religion, if any? Are you Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Ort […]
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    • Methodology June 21, 2018
      This is the ninth time Pew Research Center has measured restrictions on religion around the globe.75 This report, which includes data for the year ending Dec. 31, 2016, generally follows the same methodology as previous reports. Pew Research Center uses two 10-point indexes – the Government Restrictions Index (GRI) and the Social Hostilities Index (SHI) – [… […]
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    • Acknowledgments June 21, 2018
      This report was produced by Pew Research Center as part of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, which analyzes religious change and its impact on societies around the world. Funding for the Global Religious Futures project comes from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation. This report is a collaborative effort based on […] […]
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    • 4. Among the 25 most populous countries, Egypt, Russia, India, Indonesia and Turkey had the highest overall restrictions on religion in 2016 June 21, 2018
      About three-quarters of the world’s people (more than 5 billion) live in the 25 most populous countries in the world. Examining the religious restrictions in these countries can show how government restrictions and social hostilities impact large portions of the world’s population – although not all who reside in these countries are affected equally, as […] […]
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    • 3. Americas the only region with a rise in both government restrictions and social hostilities involving religion in 2016 June 21, 2018
      Government restrictions by region In 2016, the global median level of government restrictions on religion increased slightly to 2.8 from 2.7 in 2015. The median score rose in three out of five regions (the Americas, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East-North Africa region) and remained about the same in two regions (Asia-Pacific and Europe). While […]
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    • 2. Harassment of religious groups hits highest point since 2007 June 21, 2018
      The analysis of 2016 sources found reports of religiously motivated harassment – whether perpetrated by governments or social groups – in the vast majority of the world’s countries (187, up from 169 in 2015). This marks the biggest number of countries where harassment was observed against religious groups since Pew Research Center began analyzing restriction […]
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    • 1. Number of countries with ‘very high’ government restrictions on religion at highest level since 2007 June 21, 2018
      Countries with the most extensive government restrictions on religion Most countries around the world have some form of restrictions on religion – whether it is through laws that limit actions like public preaching or conversion, or actions that can include detaining, displacing or assaulting members of religious groups. A subset of countries, however, has p […]
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    • Global Uptick in Government Restrictions on Religion in 2016 June 21, 2018
      Restrictions on religion increased in 2016 for the second straight year. Nationalist parties and organizations played an increasing role in harassment of religious minorities, especially in Europe.
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    • Resumen de hallazgos: La brecha de edad respecto a la religión en todo el mundo June 13, 2018
      Según varias mediciones, los adultos jóvenes tienden a ser menos religiosos que sus mayores. Lo contrario se da en raras ocasiones. En Estados Unidos, los grupos religiosos vienen envejeciendo desde hace décadas, y los adultos jóvenes ahora son mucho menos propensos que sus mayores a identificarse con una religión o participar en diversas prácticas religiosa […]
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Diabetic Girl Dies While Parents Pray…

On Sunday in the Town of Weston, near Wausau, 11-year-old Madeline Kara Neumann died of diabetic ketoacidosis, a treatable though serious condition of type 1 diabetes in which acid builds up in the blood.Neumann’s parents said they didn’t know she had diabetes. They didn’t take her to a doctor. They prayed for healing.

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=732626

I hope the parents get charged with Manslaughter. The girl had not been to the doctor since she was three years old. This is utterly disgusting and if a parent had done that and had been an atheist, they would be arrested and charged with neglect, child abuse and manslaughter.

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Sir Edumnd Hillary Dies at 88

Sir Edmund Hillary (b 20 July 1919) died in New Zealand today at the age of 88. He had been in decline since a fall in Nepal.

While Sir Edmund ( a New Zealander) was most known for being the first known person (along with his Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay) to have reached the peak of Mount Everest in 1953, he was also well known for being a humanitarian for the people of Nepal. He helped raise money and attention for the plight of these people. He started the Himalayan Trust in the early 1960s and helped build hospitals, schools, pipelines and airfields. He encouraged other mountaineers to look after Mount Everest’s environment, and to be aware of the Nepalese people.

Afer Everest, he climbed ten other peaks in the Himalayas on further visits in 1956, 1960-61 and 1963-65. He also reached the South Pole as part of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, for which he led the New Zealand section, on 4 January 1958. He led a jetboat expedition, titled “Ocean to Sky”, from the mouth of the Ganges River to its source in 1977. In 1979, he was scheduled to act as a commentator on the ill-fated Air New Zealand Flight 901, an Antarctic sightseeing flight, but had to pull out due to work commitments elsewhere. He was replaced by his close friend Peter Mulgrew, who perished as the flight crashed on Mount Erebus.

He had suffered personal tragedy in 1975 when his first wife, Louise and his child, Belinda were killed while on route to join him in Nepal , in a plane crash.

He is survived by his second wife, June, two children and six great grand children.

He was a legend in New Zealand (and throughout the world). He was one tough bugger.

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