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Churches steered clear of electoral politics in 2016, most worshippers say | Pew Research Center

The tumultuous presidential campaign may have dominated conversation in other walks of life this year, but there was little explicit discussion about the election or the candidates in America’s houses of worship, according to new Pew Research Center survey data.

Source: Churches steered clear of electoral politics in 2016, most worshippers say | Pew Research Center

Ohio State Attacker May Have Been ‘Inspired’ by Al Qaeda, F.B.I. Says – The New York Times

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The student who wounded 11 people this week at Ohio State University, plowing his car into a cluster of pedestrians and then slashing some of them with a butcher knife, may have been inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki, a Qaeda recruiter and propagandist, or by the Islamic State terrorist group, investigators said on Wednesday.

Source: Ohio State Attacker May Have Been ‘Inspired’ by Al Qaeda, F.B.I. Says – The New York Times

California Mosques Get Letters Threatening Genocide – World Religion News

LETTERS ARE BEING SENT TO MOSQUES CLAIMING TRUMP WILL “CLEANSE” AMERICA OF MUSLIMS.

The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has reported that a total of four mosques have received letters saying when it comes to the treatment of Muslims, President-elect Donald Trump will follow Hitler’s example of treatment of Jews. Of the four mosques, three of them are in California while the remaining one is in Georgia. All four letters were written by hand.

Source: California Mosques Get Letters Threatening Genocide – World Religion News

Why We Mourn Leonard Cohen in the Era of Trump – Culture – Forward.com

Historians will probably discuss Leonard Cohen’s death alongside two very different developments, Trump victorious and Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize win. “Everybody Knows,” one of Cohen’s bleakest songs, has instantly become an anthem for the despair felt by much of the world in the wake of the election.

Source: Why We Mourn Leonard Cohen in the Era of Trump – Culture – Forward.com

A Dallas church voted to perform gay marriages, and it’s getting kicked out of the Texas Baptists – The Washington Post

A young man came to the Rev. George Mason, wanting to talk about his parents’ wedding.

The youth, of course, hadn’t been at the wedding. But Mason had, and he remembered it well. Some 800 or 900 people. Pillars of the community. One of the largest weddings in the history of Wilshire Baptist Church.

Source: A Dallas church voted to perform gay marriages, and it’s getting kicked out of the Texas Baptists – The Washington Post

Dakota Access Pipeline Protest is a Fight for Religious Freedom – World Religion News

DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE WILL DESECRATE MANY NATIVE AMERICAN SACRED RELIGIOUS SITES.

Native American religion is intrinsically based on nature. Religious places are not man-made structures like churches or mosques, but open landscapes where their nature-gods live. No wonder then, when the Dakota Access Pipeline project came up, Native Americans were outraged at officials not considering the damage it will be causing to the environment and many of their religious sites.

Source: Dakota Access Pipeline Protest is a Fight for Religious Freedom – World Religion News

Religious Right Believes Donald Trump Will Deliver on His Promises – The New York Times

Donald J. Trump rarely goes to church, said he’s never sought forgiveness for his sins, and in his acceptance speech early Wednesday morning, never mentioned God.

Religion was almost invisible during the presidential campaign, and yet it is the missing piece in understanding Mr. Trump’s victory. The Christian right worked largely under the national media’s radar this year, but it helped deliver the presidency to a thrice-married mogul who bragged about groping women and has been accused by multiple women of actually doing it.

Source: Religious Right Believes Donald Trump Will Deliver on His Promises – The New York Times

How the faithful voted: A preliminary 2016 analysis | Pew Research Center

The 2016 presidential exit polling reveals little change in the political alignments of U.S. religious groups. Those who supported Republican candidates in recent elections, such as white born-again or evangelical Christians and white Catholics, strongly supported Donald Trump as well. Groups that traditionally backed Democratic candidates, including religious “nones,” Hispanic Catholics and Jews, were firmly in Hillary Clinton’s corner.

Source: How the faithful voted: A preliminary 2016 analysis | Pew Research Center