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Reactions to gospel preacher Kim Burrell on LGBT issues reveal split among black churches | WWRN - World-wide Religious News

January 11, 2017
More than 1 million people watched Kim Burrell rail against “that perverted homosexual spirit” in a controversial sermon clip that led to the gospel singer getting pulled from a performance on “Ellen” and facing ongoing backlash from LGBT advocates.

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Benefits association, diocese file suit over HHS transgender regulation

January 1, 2017
FARGO - The Catholic Benefits Association, the Diocese of Fargo and Catholic Charities North Dakota filed a lawsuit on December 28 in U.S. District Court in North Dakota against a federal regulation scheduled to take effect January 1 that redefines “sex” for anti-discrimination purposes to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Is Christmas still a religious holiday?

December 30, 2016
Christmas is more than just a religious holiday. As the Pew Research Center found in 2013, about 81 percent of non-Christians celebrate Christmas in the United States. That includes people without religion, Buddhists, Hindus and American Jews. In fact, close to one-third of Jewish people (32 percent) have a Christmas tree in their homes during the December months, according to Pew.

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For Pope Francis, A Year Of Reconciliation Abroad Amid Opposition At Home : Parallels : NPR

December 30, 2016
Pope Francis turned 80 this month, at the end of what has been a busy year. He made six foreign trips and oversaw many events and ceremonies with millions of pilgrims throughout what he proclaimed the Holy Year of Mercy. The year was also marked by the pope's efforts to heal divisions within the Christian world and tackle dissension within Catholicism.

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Thousands gather for Walk With Mary in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 15, 2016
WASHINGTON - People on the sidewalks of Washington momentarily stopped their holiday shopping and paused in the cold on December 10 to take in the sight of hundreds of pilgrims processing through the streets alongside images of Mary. The feast brings together people of all ages and backgrounds, but it is a particularly special event for the Hispanic Catholic community.

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

November 24, 2016
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.

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

November 14, 2016
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.

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

November 14, 2016
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.

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