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Experts say that in order to win this year's election, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not just have to satisfy evangelicals — he will have to thrill them.

For Evangelicals, Romney Is The Lesser Of Two Evils

A recent poll found that evangelicals favor GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama 67 to 22 percent, but a visit to a Dallas church shows they're doing do so grudgingly. "This is a call to arms," says one parishioner. "Whether or not we like the choices, we must make a choice."
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Muslim community members and supporters march near 1 Police Plaza to protest the New York Police Department surveillance operations of Muslim communities, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in New York.

Stories Put Spotlight On NYPD Surveillance Program

After September 11, the New York City Police Department transformed itself into an aggressive domestic intelligence unit and monitored hundreds of Muslims in their mosques, workplaces and schools. Journalist Matt Apuzzo, who helped uncover the story, just won a Pulitzer Prize.
 

Presbyterians' Views On Gay Marriage Vary

Twenty years ago, few Americans approved of homosexuality or thought gay marriage should be legal. Today, nearly half of all Americans support same-sex marriage, though most Christians are still opposed to it. NPR's Joel Rose talks with members of Presbyterian churches about how their views of homosexuality and gay marriage have --- and haven't — changed over the years.

Military Chaplains Raise Gay Marriage Concerns

Wednesday, the House Armed Services Committee passed its version of a bill designed, in part, to protect military chaplains from coming under pressure to marry service members of the same sex. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Retired Army Chaplain Douglas E. Lee about the issue.

What Will Black Pastors Preach This Sunday?

Black pastors are reacting to the president's announcement that he supports same-sex marriage. Host Michel Martin takes a look at how the president's statement might play out in sermons this Sunday, and at the ballot box in November. She's joined by Bishop Harry Jackson, Dr. Michael Waters, and author and professor, Rev. Michael Eric Dyson.

Same Bible, Different Verdict On Gay Marriage

Why is there such variation among Christians? Part of it has to do with how you read the text.

Creating A New Vision Of Islam In America

A leading Muslim imam calls for moderate Muslims to step up and marginalize the voices of extremists

When Religious Leaders Lose Their Faith

Teresa MacBain was pastor of a United Methodist church. In March, she made a confession: She is now an atheist. MacBain, NPR religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty and Jerry DeWitt, executive director of Recovering from Religion talk about how losing faith changes lives and communities.

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Black Christians Struggle Over N.C. Gay Marriage Ban

African-American voters could be crucial in Tuesday's vote over the North Carolina marriage amendment, which would ban same-sex marriage. Even within families, there's a conflict over what's the "Christian thing to do" for Tuesday's vote. - READ MORE

Five Years Of Faith, Leaders Look Ahead

Tell Me More has regularly reached out to people of faith to hear how religion and spirituality affects our everyday lives. As host Michel Martin wraps up celebrations for the program's 5th anniversary, faith leaders of different traditions, backgrounds and generations offer their blessings for the next five years. - READ MORE

Five Philly Priests Removed For Sex Abuse Allegations

The Archbishop of Philadelphia announced on Friday that five priests were unsuitable for ministry because of substantiated sexual abuse allegations — or other inappropriate conduct. Those named on Friday were among some two dozen suspended last year, pending the Archbishop's investigation into abuse accusations. - READ MORE

Five Years of Faith, Leaders Look Ahead

Tell Me More has regularly reached out to people of faith to hear how religion and spirituality affects our everyday lives. As host Michel Martin wraps up celebrations for the program's 5th anniversary, faith leaders of different traditions, backgrounds and generations offer their blessings for the next five years. - READ MORE

Nuns And The Vatican: A Clash Decades In Making

A recent Vatican crackdown has taken many American sisters by surprise. But observers say the conflict has been brewing since the Second Vatican Council, the controversial church liberalization launched in the 1960s. - READ MORE

From Minister To Atheist: A Story Of Losing Faith

Teresa MacBain admits that when she was ordained as a minister, she had big questions. She thought they'd make her faith stronger, but instead they haunted her. Then one day, she couldn't take it anymore. In a move that's left her unemployed and nearly friendless, MacBain has come out as an atheist — and she says it's a big relief. - READ MORE

In Spain, The Church Offers More Than Salvation

Spain has Europe's highest jobless rate, but the Catholic Church is still hiring. A group of Spanish bishops has produced a recruitment video as they seek to boost the dwindling numbers of priests. And it appears to be having some initial success. - READ MORE

Profiled By The TSA? There's An App For That

Sikhs and other religious and minority groups often say they're unfairly singled out for additional screening. Now they hope to make their case with the help of a new mobile app. - READ MORE

Pastor Joel Osteen: An Everyday Message, Magnified

Osteen is the pastor of the largest church in America: Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His television program reaches more than 10 million households in the U.S. What's made him so popular? Osteen says it has more to do with positive messages than scripture readings. - READ MORE

Thieves' Cover-Ups Raise Concerns Among Muslims

Some criminals in Philadelphia have adopted a troubling disguise — they're dressing as Muslim women, with their faces and bodies covered in traditional Muslim attire. The Muslim community is outraged over the rash of crimes, which they say could subject women to unpleasant scrutiny and suspicion. - READ MORE