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Losing Our religion: One In Five Americans Are Now ‘Nones’  
10-10-2012
BY KIMBERLY WINSTON | BETHESDA, Md.  (RNS) The number of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation has hit an all-time high -- about one in five American adults --  according to a new study releas...

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Unitarian Universalists See Chance for Growth  
10-05-2012
BY BOB SMIETANA | NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) For Nathan De Lee, going to church as a kid was an ordeal. De Lee, a Unitarian Universalist, grew up in rural Kansas, where members of his faith were few and far between. At...

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Shiite Muslims Quietly Establish a Foothold in U.S.  
10-03-2012
BY OMAR SACIRBEY | QUINCY, Mass.  (RNS) Sayed Mohammad Jawad Al-Qazwini was 12 years old when his family fled Iran and settled in Los Angeles. Now 28, he sat with some 70 Shiite Muslims at the Iman Islamic Center...

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Some Mormons Suggest Fasting to Help Romney’s Campaign  
09-28-2012
BY PEGGY FLETCHER STACK | SALT LAKE CITY SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) A number of Mormons seem to think that fellow believer Mitt Romney, now slumping in the polls, needs a little divine intervention for his performance at th...

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Poll: Obama Surges Ahead Among Catholic Voters  
09-28-2012
BY DANIEL BURKE (RNS) President Obama’s support among Catholic voters has surged since June, according to a new poll, despite a summer that included the Catholic bishops’ religious freedom campaign and the...

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Religious Groups Denounce Anti-Muslim Subway Ads  
09-27-2012
BY JEANIE GROH (RNS) Religious leaders are rallying against controversial ads placed in 10 New York City subway stations that insinuate that Muslims are savages. The ads, purchased by the American Freedom Defense I...

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After Shooting, Sikhs Push for More Legal Protections  
09-21-2012
BY JEANIE GROH (RNS) U.S. Sikhs are taking heart in a widely publicized Senate hearing on hate crimes and a pledge by the Justice Department to consider tracking hate crimes directed at their community.  The h...