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Number of Protestant Americans Is in Steep Decline, Study Finds

For the first time since researchers began tracking the religious identity of Americans, fewer than half said they were Protestants, a steep decline from 40 years ago when Protestant churches claimed the loyalty of more than two-thirds …

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Non-Catholics less likely to credit Columbus with discovery of America

Is there no end to the things that divide people by religious categories? Here’s a stat for your Columbus Day (Observed) edition: Eighty-seven percent of Roman Catholics credit Christopher Columbus with discovering America, according to a 2010 …

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Campaigns’ faith outreach centers on economy

On the Democratic side, the top issues listed on Obama’s faith platform are “economic recovery,” followed by “tax fairness” and “Wall Street reform.” Citing the Apostle Paul, the platform says that “President Obama’s belief that we are all connected …

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Sally Quinn Declares Romney Debate Winner for Mentioning God

In the Washington Post’s On Faith section, Sally Quinn, whose last noticed piece of writing was a much-ridiculed lament about the decline of the Washington power dinner party, is out this afternoon with quite possibly one of the most slipshod treatments of religion …

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IHM nuns lacking voter ID; call law ‘unfair and ridiculous’

For decades, Sister Jeanne Gallagher, I.H.M., taught young children about government and the importance of voting. As the November election nears, the 86-year-old nun and retired teacher fears the state’s controversial Voter ID law will keep her …

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‘Jesus wife’ Coptic papyrus is a fake, declares Vatican newspaper

Citing concerns about fragment’s authenticity and its origin, the paper also criticized Harvard, a Vatican newspaper declared the so-called “Jesus wife” papyrus a fake. Nine days after early Christianity scholar Karen King announced the discovery of an …

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Romney appeals to evangelicals through shared `Judeo-Christian’ values

(RNS) Mitt Romney angered evangelicals during his first White House run in 2008 by blurring the theological lines between their faith and his Mormonism. Lurching in the other direction, he irked them again by rarely mentioning religion …

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Christian Media Battle Over Controversial Figure

In the relatively calm seas of the Christian media, a storm has erupted between Christianity Today, arguably the mouthpiece of contemporary American evangelicalism, and the Christian Post, a smaller competitor. At the center of the storm is David Jang, …

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Bill Nye: Creationism Threatens U.S. Science

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The man known to a generation of Americans as “The Science Guy” is condemning efforts by some Christian groups to cast doubts on evolution and lawmakers who want to bring the Bible into science …

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David Twede, Mormon Blogger, May Face Excommunication For Criticism

A Florida-based Mormon blogger has said he is facing discipline and possible excommunication by church officials over posts they perceive to be anti-Mormon. David Twede’s posts offer his account of the history of the church’s political involvement, …

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New Yorkers Rush By As Embattled Anti-Jihad Ads Hit The Subway

Starting today, New York commuters are passing controversial new ads equating radical Muslims with “savages.” New York’s Metro Transit Authority posted the ads in 10 subway stations today after a losing a legal battle with the pro-Israel …

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Obama at the U.N.: A new religion doctrine

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama on Tuesday (Sept. 25) gave a forceful speech at the United Nations, in which he challenged much of the world’s assumptions about free speech and religion. Here are five points from his address, …

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Brian McLaren Leads Commitment Ceremony At Son’s Same-Sex Wedding

McLaren family wedding ceremony included

Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian and a prominent Christian speaker, led a non-traditional marriage commitment ceremony this weekend, according to The New York Times. Held at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Maryland, this ceremony included “traditional …

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Mich. rally against anti-Islam film urges peace

DEARBORN — Sending a message of peace and unity, hundreds of people rallied Friday afternoon on the steps of Michigan’s largest mosque to protest the anti-Islam film that has sparked violence around the world. Under a banner …

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Elderly woman who botched religious fresco demands royalties

The elderly Spanish woman who ruined a religious fresco with her botched restoration is now demanding royalties from her work after it became an unlikely tourist attraction.

Cecilia Gimenez, who is in her 80s, made headlines across the world after attempting a DIY restoration that left the 19th century fresco of Christ at her local church in Borja resembling a monkey. The altered image of …

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Are Muslims Nuts?

Probably as many Middle Easterners wonder, ‘why do they hate us?’ as we have wondered of them.

… For many Americans, the Muslim world is likewise dangerous. It is a place mired in the thick sludge of the past, peopled by exotic and prickly foreigners who, at any slight however real or perceived, fly …

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Brown OKs ban on protests near funerals

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday to bar protests near funerals, prevent future accounting scandals and provide some legal amnesty to people seeking medical help for drug overdoses. The measure protecting funerals says protesters on public property …

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