Pew Research Center

Muslim births projected to outnumber Christian births globally by 2035

Within 20 years, the number of Muslim babies being born is expected to surpass Christian births — though there will still be more Christians in the world.

Muslims currently account for about 24 percent of the world population, compared to 31 percent for Christians, according to the Pew Research Center.

But a new Pew study found that due to higher fertility rates and a relatively young population, the share of Muslim babies being born is growing while the Christian share is declining.

Few see Christianity as very important to be ‘truly American’

Americans may pledge allegiance to “one nation under God,” but they are divided on whether religion is essential to national identity.

Nearly one-third of Americans view being a Christian as “very important” for being “truly American,” according to a Pew Research Center report on national identity in more than a dozen countries that was released Wednesday (Feb. 1). About the same number (31 percent) said it was “not at all important.”

Assaults on Muslim women force some to rethink hijab


American women and hijabs: Assaults or intimidation of Muslims had been steadily rising well before the election but they became more common during the divisive campaign of President-elect Donald Trump, who called for a ban on Muslim immigrants and proposed a registry for U.S. Muslims. Now some imams across the country are saying it’s OK to take the hijab off, at least temporarily.



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April 21-May 4, 2017