Mormons and Muslims: brothers from another mother? Think about it: Judaism and Christianity updated by a controversial new prophet, the prohibitions on alcohol, the historical polygamy, homophobia, etc. By some estimates — without a U.S. Census asking about religion, this is always a tricky thing to nail down — their numbers in America are even comparable, somewhere…

Interesting mix of faith news over the weekend, kind of falling into an “end of an era” theme.  Check these out: –Islamic center opens its doors near ground zero (AP) –Church leadership post for an openly gay Mormon (CNN) –First gay man to be ordained in Presbyterian Church USA since historic vote (Minneapolis Star Tribune) –Bishop:…

The U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on openly gay troops ended yesterday, and as many outlets have noted, we’re all still safe and sound. Check out the AP’s story and video here. If anything, military recruiting looks poised to improve, as a result:  -Several top universities that had kicked ROTC off campus during the…

A new poll finds that most Americans want presidential candidates to have strong religious beliefs — even if those beliefs are different from their own. As Gary Scott Smith, a history professor at Grove City College and author of “Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush” told me: That’s a longstanding trend in American culture.…

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Nicole Neroulias is a correspondent for Religion News Service, a secular news and photo service devoted to unbiased coverage of religion and ethics. A graduate of Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she has previously written for The New York Times and other media outlets. She and her family live in Seattle.

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