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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

What Does Modest Fashion Mean? – The New York Times

A Muslim, an Orthodox Jew and a religious Christian walked into a room, but it wasn’t a bar and this was no joke. On the contrary, representatives from each of the Abrahamic religions had gathered during fashion month at New York University for the Meeting Through Modesty fashion symposium to discuss something they take very seriously: modest style.

Source: What Does Modest Fashion Mean? – The New York Times

Pope Francis, in Sweden, Urges Catholic-Lutheran Reconciliation – The New York Times

LUND, Sweden — Almost 500 years after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door, setting off more than a century of religious warfare and forever changing the practice of Christianity worldwide, Pope Francis on Monday urged atonement and Christian reconciliation.

Source: Pope Francis, in Sweden, Urges Catholic-Lutheran Reconciliation – The New York Times

Bandi Chhor Divas: Celebrating the Liberation of the Sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind – World Religion News

THE SIKH COMMEMORATION OF BANDI CHHOR DIVAS, PRISONER RELEASE DAY, COINCIDES WITH THE HINDU CELEBRATION OF DIWALI.

Bandi Chhor Divas is an important celebration in the Sikh community. Bandi Chhor Divas literally translates to “prisoner’ release day.” Sikhs commemorate this day as the day of liberation for their Sixth Guru Hargobind Sahib along with 52 Hindu political prisoners detained during the reign of Mughal Emperor Jahangir.

Source: Bandi Chhor Divas: Celebrating the Liberation of the Sixth Sikh Guru, Guru Hargobind – World Religion News

Obama Holds Private Meeting As Cops Mass Near NoDAPL Front Lines – ICTMN.com

While Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier sat down with President Barack Obama at a private roundtable in Los Angeles on Tuesday, October 25, Morton County, N.D. Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier was calling in police reinforcements from six states to enforce Energy Transfer Partners’ demands that “trespassers” be removed from the path of the pipeline.

Source: Obama Holds Private Meeting As Cops Mass Near NoDAPL Front Lines – ICTMN.com