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This year, Time has solicited nominations for the magazine’s 2010 Person of the Year. (It’s probably not you — or “you” again — this year. Sorry!) Here are the top 20 results, to which I’ve addedputin_time_narrowweb__300x400,2.jpg their religious afffiliations and faith-related links.time cover.jpg (I’m doing this rather quickly, so please post in the Comments sectionbernanke time.jpg if you can fill in the blanks, or see anything that needs to be correctedobama-person-of-the-year.jpg or clarified.)

1. Julian Assange (?) 

2. Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Muslim)

3. Lady Gaga (raised Catholic)

4. Jon Stewart (Jewish) and Stephen Colbert (Catholic)

5. Glenn Beck (Mormon)

6. Barack Obama (Christian)

7. Steve Jobs (Buddhist)

8. The Unemployed American (predominantly Christian)

9. The Chilean Miners (predominantly Catholic)

10. Sarah Palin (Christian)

11. Mark Zuckerberg (raised Jewish)

12. Liu Xiaobo (?)

13. David Cameron (Anglican)

14. Hu Jintao (atheist?)

15. Robert Gates (?)

16. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (Sufi Muslim) 

17. Nancy Pelosi (Catholic)

18. Craig Venter (?)

19. Arne Duncan (?)

20. Elizabeth Warren, Mary Schapiro and Sheila Bair (?)

(The list goes on to include David & Charles Koch, LeBron James, Jonathan Franzen, Tony Hayward and Hamid Karzai, but presumably none of them are serious contenders.)

My vote goes to Imam Rauf (#16), given how much the Cordoba House/Park 51, Islam, anti-Muslim sentiment and Islamophobia dominated headlines this year. But, it’ll probably be The Unemployed American (#8), or possibly Julian Assange (#1).

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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