American Samizdat

Saturday, December 23, 2006. *
Religion in the UK and the USA
Julian Glover and Alexandra Topping: Religion does more harm than good. "More people in Britain think religion causes harm than believe it does good, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today. It shows that an overwhelming majority see religion as a cause of division and tension - greatly outnumbering the smaller majority who also believe that it can be a force for good. The poll also reveals that non-believers outnumber believers in Britain by almost two to one. It paints a picture of a sceptical nation with massive doubts about the effect religion has on society: 82% of those questioned say they see religion as a cause of division and tension between people. Only 16% disagree. The findings are at odds with attempts by some religious leaders to define the country as one made up of many faith communities."

Eva-Marie Ayala: "Women said peer was 'demonically oppressed.' "Two women fired from UT-Arlington told supervisors that they prayed and rubbed religious oils on a co-worker's cubicle because they believed she was 'demonically oppressed,' according to personnel records the university released Friday. In an e-mail to supervisors, [a] male co-worker said he was invited to witness the praying and cleansing but became uncomfortable when Shatkin began to chant loudly and rub perfumed oil on the absent co-worker's cubicle wall. The man quoted Shatkin as praying, 'You vicious evil dogs. Get the hell out of here in the name of Jesus. ... I command you to leave.'"
posted by Trevor Blake at 10:28 AM
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