American Muslims celebrate defeat of congressional critics

(RNS) American Muslims are celebrating the ouster of two Tea Party congressmen known for their anti-Islamic rhetoric, and heralding the outcomes as a sign that Muslim voters are a political force to be reckoned with. By Omar Sacirbey. 

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

WASHINGTON (RNS) The largest slice of Obama’s religious coalition — at 23 percent —  is not very religious. They’re “nones,” also known as unaffiliated voters, according to a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. By Lauren Markoe.

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Email prompts Mormon church to reaffirm that it’s neutral on Mitt Romney

WASHINGTON (RNS) Mormon leaders say the church is not attempting to sway members to support Mitt Romney after an email surfaced suggesting to Mormon leaders in Nevada to register the faithful to vote and named a contact person who appears to support Romney. By Thomas Burr.

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

(RNS) New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan defended his invitation of President Obama to the annual Al Smith Dinner in October, saying he's trying to encourage civility and dialogue amid a bitter battle over abortion rights and access to contraception. By Chris Lisee.

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