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Thursday, October 23, 2014

RELIGION AND PUBLIC LIFE - October 23, 2014


 
October 23, 2014



Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer, has gone public with her plans to take her own life soon after her husband’s birthday on Oct. 26; she is using her story to make the case for more widespread laws allowing doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. Maynard moved to Oregon, one of five states that allow the practice, in order to obtain medication for the purpose of ending her life. A Pew Research Center survey conducted last year found that two-thirds of Americans say there are circumstances in which a patient should be allowed to die, as opposed to doctors and nurses always doing everything possible to save the life of a patient. But U.S. adults are more divided about laws that allow doctor-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, with 47% in favor of such laws and 49% opposed.  Read More>>
This week marks Diwali, the annual Hindu festival of lights. In India and elsewhere, the joyous holiday – a major event that coincides with the new year on some calendars – is often marked by gifts of dried fruit and nuts and the lighting of fireworks, lamps and other lights. In the U.S., seven-in-ten Indian Americans say they celebrate Diwali, according to a 2012 Pew Research Center survey of Asian Americans. This includes most Indian-American Hindus (95%) and nearly half of those who are not Hindus (45%).  Read More>>
Media Mentions
As Brazilians drift away from Catholicism, Virgin Mary procession as popular as ever
Oct. 17 - Religion News Service
In an article about Cirio de Nazare, Brazil’s largest religious event, Religion News Service highlights a Pew Research report about Brazil's religion landscape and interviews Alan Cooperman, director of religion research.
In the News
'The devil is after him': Everything we know about the Ottawa shooting suspect
Oct. 23 - Buzzfeed

How Hindu-Americans are using Diwali to teach about the faith
Oct. 23 - Huffington Post

Mormon Church peels back mystery of sacred undergarments
Oct. 22 - The Washington Post *

Pope Francis plays long game to reform Catholic Church
Oct. 22 - Reuters

Waves of young Israelis find a home in the former Nazi capital
Oct. 21 - The Washington Post *

France moves to clarify the rules on full veil
Oct. 20 - The New York Times *

Voyeur case spurs rabbis to add post for women
Oct. 20 - The New York Times *

Pope Francis beatifies and earlier reformer, Paul VI
Oct. 19 - The New York Times *

Conservative cardinal who clashed with Pope Francis confirms he has been ousted
Oct. 17 - BuzzFeed

Pakistani Christian loses appeal against death sentence for blasphemy
Oct. 17 - Reuters

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