New Congress more religiously diverse, less Protestant

(RNS) Three Buddhists, a Hindu and a “none” will walk into the 113th Congress, and it’s no joke. Rather, it’s a series of “firsts” that reflect the growing religious diversity of the country. By David Gibson.

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Survey: Young evangelicals at odds with their political parties

WASHINGTON (RNS) A large majority of young evangelicals see a conflict between their faith and their political party – but Democrats grapple with this disconnect much more than Republicans, according to a new survey. By Lauren Markoe.

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COMMENTARY: The one bright light in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. (RNS) Two forces of nature were bearing down on Tampa this week. One, Tropical Storm Isaac, was thought likely to reach Tampa on Monday as a hurricane. The other, the Republican National Convention, was bringing 50,000 Republicans to nominate a president and vice president, to adopt a campaign platform, and to make the usual quadrennial noise. By Tom Ehrich.

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‘True Blood’ sinks its teeth into religion and politics

(RNS) On HBO's “True Blood,” politics is literally a bloody business. The show's fifth season — which coincides with a U.S. presidential campaign — returns Sunday. “We wanted to play with the politics/religion angle, since that seems to be something that never stops,” creator Alan Ball said. By Bill Keveney/USA Today.

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