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Chaplains Wanted For Atheists In Foxholes

Military chaplains, most of whom are Protestant Christians, are assigned many secular advising duties, including marriage, family and suicide counseling. But as many as 40,000 U.S. military service members identify as atheists, agnostics or humanists, and a retired Army captain is leading the charge to instate military chaplains who share their beliefs.
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'Ask Mormon Girl' Discusses Mitt Romney's Candidacy

Guy Raz speaks with political commentator and blogger Joanna Brooks, who writes about politics and Mormonism for the "Ask Mormon Girl" blog. They talk about GOP presidential candidate hopeful Mitt Romney. They discuss how Romney's Mormon faith has shaped his views — and why his religious background may make people uncomfortable.
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Faith Debates: Free Contraception, New Liturgy

Catholics leaders are roiled by President Obama's heath care overhaul that will require insurance plans to cover free contraceptives. And some priests and parishioners are wondering if a new liturgy, one moving closer to Latin, will bring people closer to God. Host Michel Martin speaks with Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter.
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Catholic Groups Fight Contraceptive Rule, But Many Already Offer Coverage

Catholic bishops are lobbying the Obama administration to change new regulations requiring most employers to offer prescription birth control at no cost as part of their health insurance plans. They say it violates their religious beliefs, but many Catholic universities and hospitals are already providing such coverage.
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Pew Study Shows Rise In Religious Lobbying

Maureen Fiedler of Interfaith Voices interviews Allen Hertzke about a Pew Forum report on the fivefold increase in the amount of money being spent by religious groups on lobbying in Washington since 1970.

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Ali Calls 'All-American Muslim' A Welcome Relief

TLC's new reality show, All-American Muslim follows five Muslim-American families. It aims to dispel misconceptions and stereotypes about the religion. In a recent piece in The Guardian, Wajahat Ali writes that TLC's portrayal is a "welcome relief from the usual tawdry caricatures of Muslims."
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Catholics Adjust To Season With New Liturgy

Catholics across the country are celebrating the start of their annual Advent season in an unfamiliar way. For the first time in four decades, the wording of the official Catholic liturgy has changed. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin talks with Father Carmen D'Amico of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Meadow Lands, Penn., after he performs his first mass with the new translation.

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