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  • Religion News: Election Day and religion

  • Weekly religion rail, with items on how religious people voted for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, on the first Hindu elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, a look at the new book by “The Shack” author, and more.

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  • Week in Religion
    Election Day saw several firsts, and among them was the election of the U.S.’s first practicing Hindu to the U.S. House of Representatives. Tulsi Gabbard, 31, handily won her race in Hawaii and said she will use the Bhagavad Gita at her swearing-in ceremony in January. Gabbard told CNN, "I think it's a perfect time and a great time for Congress to start moving toward this representation on diversity and really this common ideal that regardless of what our differences might be, we all need to come together now to do what's best for the people."
    Survey Says
    According to the Pew Forum, here is how religious people voted on Election Day:
    Protestant/other Christian:
    - 42 percent: President Barack Obama
    - 57 percent: Mitt Romney
    Catholics:
    - 50 percent: Obama
    - 48 percent: Romney
    Jewish:
    - 69 percent: Obama
    - 30 percent: Romney
    Mormon:
    - 21 percent: Obama
    - 78 percent: Romney
    Other faiths
    - 74 percent: Obama
    - 23 percent: Romney
    Good Book?
    “Cross Roads,” by William Paul Young, 304 pages
    From the author of “The Shack” comes “Cross Roads.” Anthony Spencer is egotistical, proud of being a self-made business success at the peak of his game, even though the cost of winning was painfully high. A cerebral hemorrhage leaves Tony comatose in a hospital ICU. He “awakens” to find himself in a surreal world, a “living” landscape that mirrors dimensions of his earthly life, from the beautiful to the corrupt. It is here that he has vivid interactions with others he assumes are projections of his own subconscious, but whose directions he follows nonetheless with the possibility that they might lead to authenticity and perhaps, redemption. The adventure draws Tony into deep relational entanglements where he is able to “see” through the literal eyes and experiences of others, but is "blind" to the consequences of hiding his personal agenda and loss that emerge to war against the processes of healing and trust. Will this unexpected coalescing of events cause Tony to examine his life and realize he built a house of cards on the poisoned grounds of a broken heart? Will he also have the courage to make a critical choice that can undo a major injustice he set in motion before falling into a coma? - FaithWords
    Quote of the Week
    "If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things. It is we, of course, to whom things look little or big." - Elisabeth Elliot
    Page 2 of 2 - The Word
    pantheist: A worshipper of all gods or one who believes that God and the universe are one. - http://religionstylebook.com/
    Religion Around the World
    The religious makeup of Niue, according to the CIA World Factbook:
    61.1 percent: Ekalesia Niue (Niuean Church - a Protestant church closely related to the London Missionary Society)
    8.8 percent: Latter-Day Saints
    8.7 percent: Unspecified
    8.4 percent: Other
    7.2 percent: Roman Catholic
    2.4 percent: Jehovah's Witnesses
    1.9 percent: None
    1.4 percent: Seventh-Day Adventist
    GateHouse News Service

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