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  • Religion News: Muslims in U.S. most approving of Obama; Mormons the least

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  • Week in Religion
    Almost three-quarters of Muslims living in the U.S. approved of the job President Barack Obama was doing during the first half of 2014, more than any other American religious group. Mormons were the least-approving group, according to a new Gallup Poll.
    Of the seven religious groups tracked, Muslims were highest in their rating of Obama’s presidency, with 72 percent saying they approve of the job he has done. That is in contrast with responses from those identified as Mormon, where only 18 percent approved.
    Approval rates from other groups: Other non-Christian religions (59 percent), Jewish (55 percent), atheists and non-religious (54 percent), Catholic (44 percent), and Protestant and other Christian denominations (37 percent).
    The relative rank of group approval ratings has been consistent through Obama’s time in office, with Muslims consistently giving highest approval and Mormons lowest.
    Both Muslims and Mormons are among the smaller religious groups in the U.S. About half of Americans identify as belonging to a Protestant religion and another quarter as Catholic.
    Good Book?
    “The Book of Revelation Made Clear,” by Tim LaHaye and Timothy E. Parker
    Filled with complex imagery, vivid depictions of violence, and challenging spiritual references, the Bible’s final book, Revelation, can seem intimidating or downright impossible to comprehend, even for serious students of the Scriptures. In this refreshingly accessible book, Bible scholar and best-selling author Tim LaHaye (originator of the Left Behind series) and renowned puzzle master Timothy E. Parker (editor of the USA Today Crossword, and founder of The Universal Crossword, King James Games, and Master Puzzles) demystify Revelation.
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    The Word
    Intelligent design: The belief that some aspects of life forms are so complex that they must reflect the design of a conscious, rational intelligence. Proponents do not identify the designer, but most people involved in the debate assume that intelligent design refers to God. Many supporters of intelligent design reject the theory of evolution and support the idea of creationism. Most intelligent design supporters do not believe that life forms share a common ancestor, although some do.
    — ReligionStylebook.com
    Religion Around the World
    According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Haiti is:
    - Roman Catholic, 80 percent
    - Baptist, 10 percent
    - Pentecostal, 4 percent
    - Adventist, 1 percent
    - Other Protestant, 1 percent
    - None or other, 4 percent
    Note: Roughly half the population practices voodoo
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