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Election Day fervor catches on at churches, mosques, temples




Parishioners look on as Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during church services at Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ on November 6, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Parishioners look on as Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during church services at Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ on November 6, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Across the country, spiritual leaders - pastors, rabbis, imams, dharma teachers, and the like - have been engaging with their congregants about the impending Election Day and its tumultuous lead-up.

In battleground-state Pennsylvania, a national political action group focused on the Muslim-American vote urged mosques across the state to mark their Friday prayer services with a sermon about the civic duty to vote. Some American Buddhist teachers have counseled that stress and anxiety tied to the election’s uncertainty can be transcended by focusing on one’s power to be a force for good in the world - no matter what transpires on Tuesday.

And in Rhode Island, a well-known Catholic priest delivered a lengthy homily at his church criticizing Hillary Clinton for her pro-choice views - possibly violating the law. (Tax law governing 501(c)(3) church organizations  prohibit from them participating in political campaign activity, including endorsement or opposition of any candidate or party.)

How has your temple, mosque, or church handled the election? What was said at this weekend’s services?

Guest: 

Brie Loskota, Executive Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California