WEEK IN RELIGION

Five members of the Wheaton College (Wheaton, Illinois) are facing felony charges after hazing a Muslim teammate in 2016. The DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office announced the five players have been charged with aggravated battery, mob action and unlawful restraint after the victim alleged he was duct-taped and was sodomized with an object before being dumped in an off-campus park. The victim also alleged that the five players put him in the back seat of a car that had Middle Eastern music playing while the players made offensive comments about Muslims. The college said other players and coaching staff alerted college officials about the incident. After an investigation by the school into the incident Wheaton college said, “The conduct we discovered as a result of our investigation into this incident was entirely unacceptable and inconsistent with the values we share as human beings. We are profoundly saddened that any member of our community could be mistreated in anyway. The most serious charge of aggravated battery carries a maximum sentence to 2

two to five years in prison. Wheaton College also said its Board of Trustees have reached out to outside experts to lead a review of the anti-hazing policy that was revised by the school in 2014.

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STUDY SAYS

Muslims, atheists don’t have First Amendment rights according to some Americans

According to a new study by the Anneenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, almost 1 in 5 Americans incorrectly believe that Muslim citizens don’t have the same First Amendment rights as other American citizens. The same study also found that 1 in 7 Americans believe that atheists aren’t protected by the First Amendment either.

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GOOD BOOK?

“Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World” by Brad S. Gregory

On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation comes this compelling, illuminating, and expansive religious history that examines the complicated and unintended legacies of Martin Luther and the epochal movement that continues to shape the world today. Brad S. Gregory analyzes Luther’s inadvertent role in starting the Reformation and the epochal changes that followed. He reveals how Luther’s insistence on the Bible as the sole authority for Christian truth led to conflicting interpretations of its meaning — and to the rise of competing churches, political conflicts, and social upheavals.

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THE WORD

pantheist: A worshipper of all gods or one who believes that God and the universe are one.

— ReligionStylebook.com

RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Tonga is:

— Protestant: 64.9 percent

— Mormon: 16.8 percent

— Roman Catholic: 15.6 percent

— Other: 1.1 percent

— None: 0.03 percent

— Unspecified: 1.7 percent

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