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There has been a recent push for humanist chaplains in the United States military. Around 13,000 active service members are atheist or agnostic. Here, U.S. Army soldiers bow their heads in prayer during Easter sunrise service at Camp Liberty in Iraq, in 2009. Marko Drobnjakovic/AP hide caption

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Ben Youcef leads the call to prayer for an interfaith service at The Guibord Center in Los Angeles. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cedric Mangum (left) leads the shout band as a junior member looks on. Daniel Coston for NPR hide caption

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Abortion rights opponents, dressed in blue, and supporters, wearing orange, rally in the state Capitol rotunda Friday before the vote on a set of sweeping abortion restrictions. Tamir Kalifa/AP hide caption

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National Transportation Safety Board officials handed out this photo of the burnt shell of Asiana Flight 214 during their first assessment of the crash. Two people died Saturday and scores more were injured. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Texas Lamakers To Try Again To Pass Strict Anti-Abortion Bill

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Conservative Religious Leaders Condemn Same-Sex Marriage Rulings

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Jeffrey Bronfman, UDV church national vice president; Solar Law, UDV church national president; and Tai Bixby, head pastor of the Santa Fe congregation. Churchgoers participate in a ceremony where hallucinogenic huasca tea is consumed, and some neighbors are trying to block the construction of a UDV temple. John Burnett /NPR hide caption

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Plant Explosion Unites Small Texas Community

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Flames engulf the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, on April 20, 1993. A 51-day standoff at the compound ended in a fire and the deaths of about 80 sect members, including two dozen children. Susan Weems /AP hide caption

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