Tagged: Religion

Free Will, Fate and FiveThirtyEight: The Theology of Election Polls

What’s the appeal of quantifying the future? What should we make of these technological oracles?RD associate editor Michael Schulson and Alan Levinovitz, an RD contributor and a professor of Chinese philosophy and religion at James Madison University, got together online to chat about fate, uncanniness, and prophecy as spectator sport.

Source: Free Will, Fate and FiveThirtyEight: The Theology of Election Polls

The “Jedi Religion” Is Causing Problems in Australia | Nerdist

In the 2001 Australian census, over 70,000 citizens indicated that their religion was Jedi. That number fell to around 58,000 in 2006, then rose back up to over 64,000 for the 2011 census. Of course, Jedi, based on the ancient spiritual organization from Star Wars, isn’t a real theistic religion, just a fun way to either stick it to the government or showcase your Star Wars fandom.

Source: The “Jedi Religion” Is Causing Problems in Australia | Nerdist

Pastafarian who wore strainer on head ordered to get new license picture

A Chicago-area woman says she wants to fight for her right to wear a pasta strainer on her head in her driver’s license photo, claiming the item is an expression of her religious beliefs.

Source: ‘Pastafarian’ who wore strainer on head ordered to get new license picture

The Citadel will not allow an exception to the uniform to let a Muslim student wear her hijab – The Washington Post

The family of the accepted Muslim student who made the request for religious accommodation said she will not attend the public military college in South Carolina, and that “all legal options are on the table.”

Source: The Citadel will not allow an exception to the uniform to let a Muslim student wear her hijab – The Washington Post

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Obama to Muslim Americans: ‘You’re Right Where You Belong’

Making his first visit to a mosque in the U.S. amid unprecedented fear in the Islamic community, the president preached inclusion and criticized Republicans, but also called on Muslims to fight extremism.

Source: Obama to Muslim Americans: ‘You’re Right Where You Belong’