January 18, 2008

Some Facts about Christian Population in Ethiopia

"Prejudice is a great time saver. You can form opinions without having to get the facts." E. B. White

When it comes to Ethiopia, even citing readily available census statistics seems to many far less preferable than mindless duplication of erroneous numbers from supposedly authoritative sources. To gauge the size of the pyramid of prejudice thus built, consider familiar fanciful statistics: Ethiopia is a predominantly Muslim country etc. .....

Even the widely-quoted CIA Fact book cites the following numbers in support of the first claim: Muslim 45%-50%, Ethiopian Orthodox 35%-40%, animist 12%, other 3%-8%. Irked immensely by this sad state of affairs, I am compelled to offer this note. It has a two-fold purpose. My first purpose is to provide a statistical profile of the Ethiopian people based on the 1994 national population and housing census.

A Profile of Ethiopia Based on the 1994 Census
Population size: 1984/1994/2004 37/53/70 million

Nation-wide as % of total 1994 Population
Population by Religion

Christian= 61.6
Orthodox = 50.6
Protestant= 10.1
Catholic = 0.9
Muslim = 32.8
Traditional= 5.6
Others = 15.5
.............
IN ADDIS ABABA FOR EXAMPLE
Christians= 86.5
Muslims= 12.6



So, where did the fanatics get all that statistics. Some of them say, Ethiopia is 70% Muslim. Funnnnnnnyyyyyy!!!!!

Cher Were Yaseman, Amen
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