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The rise of a new religious America

AP Democrat Colleen Hanabusa, right, congratulates candidate Tulsi Gabbard after both women won their Hawaii Congressional district seats on Nov. … Continued

Presidential scorecard by religiously unaffliated yields no ‘clear-cut option’

In October, the Secular Coalition for America released the 2012 Presidential Candidate Scorecard, which rates each of the presidential candidates … Continued

Romney and Obama’s quintessentially American religious upbringing

“For Mitt Romney, the nurturing communitarian environment of a familial faith tradition that flourished in a hostile environment passed on … Continued

Catholics for Choice releases voter guide film

Catholics, not unlike any other group, do not vote in a monolith. Media have documented recent final pitches by bishops … Continued

Immigration reform: Hispanic values voters and the agenda of the Lamb

GETTY IMAGES Presidential candidates President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Our commitment, as people of strong faith, is … Continued

The biggest slice of Obama’s religious coalition? The unaffiliated

WASHINGTON — The largest slice of President Barack Obama’s religious coalition — at 23 percent — is not very religious. … Continued

After a fierce debate, Obama and Romney lighten up at Catholic dinner

NEW YORK — Switching from jabs to jokes, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney set aside an evening between debates … Continued

The smirk heard ‘round the world

AP Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speak during the vice-presidential debate at … Continued

Skeptics are the new religious

Except for presidential candidates and some parts of the Bible Belt, the days when church membership was necessary for social … Continued

Hopes run high for Obama’s speech

Four years ago Election Night, African Americans beamed with pride when Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama stood before thousands in … Continued

President Obama’s faith challenge at the Democratic National Convention

AP President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he arrives at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport for the Democratic National Convention … Continued

The one bright light in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. — Two forces of nature are bearing down on Tampa this week. One, Tropical Storm Isaac, is thought … Continued

Cardinal Timothy Dolan asks candidates to sign civility pledge

NEW YORK — Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who sparked controversy by agreeing to deliver the closing blessing at the Republican convention … Continued

Pluralism and prejudice: How conflicts over religious pluralism reveal America’s new ‘Sacred Ground’

The only Protestant running for president in 2012 is President Obama, an American of both a racially and a religiously … Continued

In magazine, President Obama, Mitt Romney discuss faith

AP In this combo made from file photos, President Barack Obama, speaks at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, … Continued

Catholics pray for Paul Ryan’s, Joe Biden’s change of heart

Some Wisconsin Catholics are praying both Catholic vice presidential candidates will have a religious epiphany. They want GOP Rep. Paul … Continued

N.Y. Cardinal Timothy Dolan defends Obama invitation to Al Smith Dinner

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan defended his invitation of President Obama to the annual Al Smith Dinner in October, saying … Continued

Dolan criticized for inviting Obama to Al Smith Dinner

NEW YORK — By tradition, the storied Al Smith Dinner has provided a few hours of comic relief from the … Continued

‘Bachmann affair’ on Clinton aide Abedin is a wake-up call

STEVE MARCUS REUTERS Democratic presidential candidate US Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) waves to the crowd with her personal assistant Huma … Continued

Olympics ceremony won’t include moment for murdered Israelis

JERUSALEM — Despite international pressure — including support from both U.S. presidential candidates — the International Olympic Committee has refused … Continued