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Religion and the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign | Pew Research Center

July 15, 2016
For the most part, the voting intentions of people in major religious groups closely resemble those seen in polling conducted at a similar point in the 2012 campaign. Roughly eight-in-ten white evangelical Protestant voters (78%) say they would support Trump if the election were held today, just as 73% indicated they would vote for Romney in June 2012. And Trump enjoys about the same level of support among white mainline Protestant voters as Romney did four years ago.

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American views on Religion in public life | Pew Research Center

July 15, 2016
The share of Americans who think it is important that a president have strong religious beliefs has been steadily declining over the past two election cycles and has reached a new low in Pew Research Center polling. In 2008, 72% said this was an important characteristic. That share dipped slightly in 2012 to 67%, and now 62% say that having strong religious beliefs is an important presidential trait. Meanwhile, the corresponding share of those who disagree that it is important for a president to have strong religious beliefs has been steadily growing and currently stands at 35%....
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Come for Jigglypuff, stay for Jesus: Church in the age of Pokémon Go - The Washington Post

July 15, 2016
Before heading to church this past Sunday, I said something to my 14-year-old son that I had never said before: “No playing Pokémon Go during the service.” I’m not the only parent or pastor wrestling with the game that swept the nation over the weekend. It might not be Gutenberg’s printing press, but Pokémon Go is the latest technological advance to have a significant impact on church. The new augmented-reality app lays a Pokémon-inhabited layer over a map on your phone, allowing players to wander around l

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The Eclipse of White Christian America - WorldWide Religious News

July 15, 2016
For most of the country’s history, white Christian America—the cultural and political edifice built primarily by white Protestant Christians—set the tone for our national conversations and shaped American ideals. But today, many white Christian Americans feel profoundly anxious as their numbers and influence are waning. The two primary branches of their family tree, white mainline and white evangelical Protestants, offer competing narratives about their decline. White mainline Protestants blame evangelical Protestants for turning off the younger generation with their anti-gay...
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The Japanese Festival of the Dead: Obon - World Religion News

July 15, 2016
Rituals and traditions of the Buddhist Obon Festival. Obon or Bon is the Japanese festival celebrated to honor the dead and spirits of their ancestors. It is the equivalent of the Western or Christian’s All Soul’s Day except that Obon is a 3 day celebration and is marked by numerous religious and festive activities. Based on tradition, the festivity falls on the 13th to 15th day of the lunar calendar (August 13-15) but other regions, particularly those using the modern Gregorian calendar like Tokyo, will observe Obon on July 13-15. Though it’s not an official national holiday,...
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Dallas residents look to churches for hope and answers in wake of police deaths - WorldWide Religious News

July 15, 2016
Dallas — The pews and pulpits of Dallas were full of people seeking hope Sunday after the slaying of five police officers. Of people exorcising their anger over the latest police shootings of young black men in Minnesota and Louisiana. Of people looking for some measure of kindness and unity in a country that suddenly seems in short supply of both.

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On a Somber Sunday, ‘One Nation Under God Examines Its Soul’ - The New York Times

July 15, 2016
DALLAS — Fearful that the nation is locked in a spiral of violence and discord, many Americans took what refuge they could in church on Sunday. In tiny storefronts and suburban megachurches, worshipers mourned the deaths of five Dallas police officers at the hands of an African-American sniper who was aiming to kill white officers at a demonstration against police violence. They also grieved for two African-American men killed in shootings by the police in Baton Rouge, La., and Minnesota.

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Gurdwara Sahib Stockton: The Sikh Temple is a sanctuary of Peace and reminder of Home | SikhNet

July 15, 2016
A number of Sikhs have been living in the United States of America for 125 years, now. Currently, their population in the U.S. is 700,000. Amarjit Singh, a U.S. based Sikh and an ex-President of the committee of Gurdwara Sahib Stockton, said that wherever there are Sikhs, there must be a Gurdwara. He further asserted that it is not only because it is a place for their religious worship but it is a part and parcel of their culture which holds the entire community together.

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