Tom Gjelten Tom Gjelten covers issues of religion, faith, and belief for NPR News.

Conservative Pastors Deliver Sharp Criticism Of Same-Sex Marriage

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Pope Creates Tribunal To Investigate Bishops Accused Of Hiding Sex Abuse

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Army Cpl. Simranpreet Lamba (center) stands in formation with fellow soldiers before taking the oath of citizenship, prior to his graduation from basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., in 2010. He was the first enlisted soldier to be granted a religious accommodation as a Sikh since 1984. Brett Flashnick/AP hide caption

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Why Are Only Three Observant Sikh Men Serving In The U.S. Military?

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Survey Shows Number Of Christians In U.S. Is Declining

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Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald is one of the Catholic Church's top experts on Islam. He has served the Vatican in places such as Tunisia, Uganda and Egypt, and now is promoting interfaith understanding by teaching Jesuit students in Cleveland about the Quran. /Rob Wetzler hide caption

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Learning About The Quran ... From A Catholic Archbishop

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Christians Debate Sinfulness Of Servicing Same-Sex Weddings

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Muslims Will Outnumber Christians This Century, Pew Says

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The HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief airs Sunday — over the vigorous objection of Scientology officials. Courtesy of HBO hide caption

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Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

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Pope Francis Very Popular Among Both U.S. Catholics, Non-Catholics

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Boys in Uppsala, Sweden, read supportive messages placed at the entrance of a mosque following an attack in January. A new Pew study finds that religious intolerance is a global problem, with Muslims facing more hostility from individuals, and Christians from governments. Targeting of Jews, the study found, has gotten worse over in recent years. Anders Wiklund/AP hide caption

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Pew Study On Religion Finds Increased Harassment Of Jews

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Mohamed Magid, imam with the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, speaks during in September during an anti-extremism news conference. He says that if someone with dangerous views comes to his mosque, he first tries to correct them, but reports them to authorities if necessary. Michael Reynolds/EPA/Landov hide caption

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More Muslim Groups Voice Willingness To Combat Extremism In Their Faith

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This image provided by the Durham County Sheriff's Office shows a booking photo of Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, who was arrested on three counts of murder early Wednesday. On his Facebook page, Hicks described himself as a gun-toting atheist. Durham County Sheriff's Office/AP hide caption

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Some See Extreme 'Anti-Theism' As Motive In N.C. Killings

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New Government Agency Designed To Tackle Cyber Threats More Effectively

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Obama Vague On Details In His Intelligence Proposals

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Obama Outlines 'New Approach' For Phone-Data Program

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