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  • Religion News: 49% say religious hospitals, colleges should offer contraception coverage

  • Weekly Religion News with a study on the contraception mandate, "Night" by Elie Wiesel and more.

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  • A national survey from the Public Religion Research Institute explored the issue of religion and the Obama administration’s mandate for coverage of contraception under health care insurance plans offered by employers.
    There are major religious, generational and political divisions regarding whether an employer should be required to provided health care plans that cover contraception at no cost to the employee.
    Here are some of the major findings:
    - Nearly half (49 percent) of Americans say that religiously affiliated colleges and hospitals should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost. Forty-six percent say they should not have to provide this type of coverage.
    - Among religious Americans, 61 percent of the religiously unaffiliated believe that employers should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception, compared with 50 percent of white mainline Protestants and 38 percent of white evangelical Protestants. 
    - A majority of all Catholics (52 percent) say that religiously affiliated colleges and hospitals should be required to provide coverage that includes contraception. 
    - Only 41 percent of white Catholics support this requirement, compared with 58 percent who oppose it.
    - Among other religious Americans, 59 percent of the unaffiliated say that religiously affiliated colleges and hospitals should be required to provide coverage that includes contraception, compared with 31 percent of white evangelical Protestants. White mainline Protestants are about evenly divided (45 percent say that hospitals and colleges should be required to provide coverage, 48 percent say they should not).
    - Strong majorities of white evangelicals (73 percent), white mainline Protestants (64 percent) and Catholics (59 percent) believe that churches and other places of worship should not be required to provide contraception coverage.
    -- Religion News
    Week in Religion
    - Feb. 13, 1973, the National Council of U.S. Catholic Bishops announced that anyone undergoing or performing an abortion would be excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
    - Feb. 14, 1864, the birth of Israel Zangwill, a Jewish author and Zionist in England who wrote "Children of the Ghetto."
    - Feb. 15, 1145, Bernardo elected Pope Eugene III.
    -- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church
    Survey Says
    Although 46 percent of Mormons say they face a lot of discrimination in the U.S. today, most also think acceptance of Mormonism is on the rise, with 63 percent saying the American people are becoming more likely to see Mormonism as part of mainstream society. And 56 percent of those surveyed say the American people are ready for a Mormon president.
    -- Pew Research Center on Religion & Public Life
    Good Book?
    "Night" by Elie Wiesel
    This book is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps. This new translation by Marion Wiesel, Elie's wife and frequent translator, presents this seminal memoir in the language and spirit truest to the author's original intent. And in a substantive new preface, Elie reflects on the enduring importance of Night and his lifelong, passionate dedication to ensuring that the world never forgets man's capacity for inhumanity to man.
    Page 2 of 2 - -- Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Quote of the week
    "We serve a gracious master who knows how to overrule even our mistakes to his glory and our own advantage." -- John Newton, Anglican hymnwriter
    The Word
    Orisha: Pronounced “oh-REE-shah.” In the Santeria religion, it is an emissary of God who rules over human life.
    -- religionstylebook.com
    Religion Around the World
    Religious makeup of French Polynesia
    Protestant: 54 percent
    Roman Catholic: 30 percent 
    Other: 10 percent 
    No religion: 6 percent
    - CIA Factbook
    GateHouse News Service

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