The Archdiocese of Washington D.C. recently filed a lawsuit against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in response to a ban on its Christmas advertising on transit vehicles. The WMATA reportedly refused the advertisements because the ad went against company policy.


The policy states, “Advertisements that promote or oppose any religion, religious practice, or belief are prohibited.” The Archdiocese contends that its freedom of speech is being restricted and that the ad “conveys a simple message of hope, and an invitation to participate in the Christmas season.”


The encourages Metro and bus passengers to visit a church during the Christmas season along with a picture of shepherds walking up a mountain.


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STUDY SAYS


Majority of Christians believe gender determined at birth


According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 63 percent of Christians “say that whether someone is a man or a woman is determined by their sex at birth,” while 62 percent of those who have no particular religious affiliation say gender is not determined by the sex they are assigned at birth.


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GOOD BOOK?


“Higher Is Waiting” by Tyler Perry


“Higher Is Waiting” is a spiritual guidebook, a collection of teachings culled from the experiences of a lifetime, meant to inspire readers to climb higher in their own lives and pull themselves up to a better, more fulfilling place. In this intimate book, Tyler Perry writes of how his faith has sustained him in hard times, centered him in good times, and enriched his life. Perry vividly and movingly describes his growing awareness of God’s presence in his life, how he learned to tune in to His voice, to persevere through hard times, and to choose faith over fear.


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THE WORD


Tao: Pronounced “Dow.” The ever-changing energy of the universe that flows all around in the form of nature.


— ReligionStylebook.com


RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD


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


— Roman Catholic: 54.7 percent


— Protestant: 28.5 percent


— Voodoo: 2.1 percent


— Other: 4.6 percent


— None: 10.2 percent


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