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Houston, Texas

     From Texas come two messages involving religion. Cathie Adams asks what is the policy of WAIS regarding the religion of a person we name. We state it, if it is relevant to the story. That Edmund Safra is Jewish is important because he was active among his co-religionaries. He built the biggest Jewish synagogue in Sao Paulo, and his burial service was held in Geneva's biggest one. In the case of the Banco Ambrosiano of Milan, we mentioned its ties with the Vatican. If a Muslim were a active in his faith, we would mention it. We mentioned the Positivist Church in Brazil because it is an important element in the country’s political makeup.
     The other message from Texas emanates from Jaqui White, who reports on Houston:
     Since Texans think of Houston as predominantly Anglo and Black, it was quite astonishing to hear that it is one third Hispanic, one third Anglo, and one third Black and Asian. the fastest growing group is the Asians. The population under thirty years of age is overwhelmingly Hispanic, and the population over sixty is mostly Anglo. There are more Muslims than Methodists, and more Hindus than Episcopalians. In ten years Anglos will be in the minority. Houston has truly become a cosmopolitan city, and the newcomers are buying into the American Dream and lifestyle; learning English is their primary goal.

     My comment: While I agree that the United States is clearly multiethnic, Houston is special, since, as a center of the oil industry, it attracts many people from the Middle East. Likewise, neither New York nor San Francisco is typical of the United States.

Ronald Hilton - 12/8/99