Weekly religion rail, with a look at the results from Election Day, a review of "The Good Life," and more. 

Week in Religion

Election Day dealt a blow to the agenda of the Christian right, as Democrat Barack Obama was re-elected, same-sex marriage was OK'd in several states, several stern anti-abortion candidates lost and marijuana was legalized in two states. 

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary leader Albert Mohler said on Twitter that Tuesday's same-sex marriage results show that “we are witnessing a fundamental moral realignment of the country.”

Exit polls showed that Obama picked up more support among evangelical voters this year than in 2008, and he won the Catholic support as well. 

Voters in Maryland and Maine approved same-sex marriage on Tuesday, the first time that has been approved by popular vote. And Wisconsin elected the first openly lesbian senator in U.S. history. In Washington and Colorado, voters approved recreational use of marijuana. 

All these happenings are a change from the Bush years, when the agenda of the Christian right won out with voters. 

Survey Says   A 2011 Gallup poll found that 55 percent of Americans say religion is “very important” in their lives.   Good Book?   "The Good Life," by Trip Lee, 176 pages   Nicer car, bigger house, whatever your heart desires. Everybody wants to live the good life. But what happens when dreams become nightmares and the promise of freedom leads to a life of imprisonment? What happens when you discover that all that's gold loses its glitter? Maybe the rich and famous aren't living the good life. Maybe our dreams are rooted in lies. And maybe, just maybe those who have less really have more. What is the good life really? In this book, titled after his acclaimed fourth album, "The Good Life," Christian rap artist and author Trip Lee unveils what the world, the flesh and the devil promote as the ultimate and most satisfying life. He then explains what the good life really is: a life within our reach and yet beyond anything this world has to offer. - Moody Publishers   Quote of the Week

"I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is." - Albert Camus

The Word

Orisha: Pronounced “oh-REE-shah.” In the Santeria religion, it is an emissary of God who rules over human life. - http://religionstylebook.com

Religion Around the World

The religious makeup of Nigeria, according to the CIA World Factbook:

50 percent: Muslim

40 percent: Christian

10 percent: Indigenous beliefs

GateHouse News Service