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Unbelief As A Belief System: Core Tenet For Christians' Fight For Religious Rights

Christian conservatives say their greatest religious rival is secularism, which is growing among Americans. Banning acts like school prayer, they say, amounts to favoring the "religion of secularism."

Candidate Sameera abu al-Shamat votes in Saudi Arabia's municipal elections on Saturday. Shamat did not win a seat. Deborah Amos / NPR hide caption

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Saudi Women: Elections Are One Step Forward On A Long Road

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Activists hold posters during a March 2005 rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court to support separation of church and state. The court heard two cases regarding whether Ten Commandments monuments should be displayed on government properties. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Unbelief As A Belief System: Core Tenet For Christians' Fight For Religious Rights

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According to Aja Raden, a Hungarian countess commissioned the first wristwatch from watchmaker Patek Philippe around 1868. "[It] was a spectacularly expensive piece of jewelry," the author says. Courtesy of the Patek Philippe Museum via Harper Collins hide caption

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From Trading Beads To The First Wristwatch, A History Of Shiny Objects

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Jennifer Carter, 30, stands in a dormitory area that she shares with her two young children at The Road Home Community Winter Shelter facility in Midvale, Utah. Cayce Clifford for NPR hide caption

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There's Shelter, And Then There's Housing. Utah Claims Muted Victory

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This scroll map of China's Yellow River was made around 1750. Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division. hide caption

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'Map' Is An Exquisite Record Of The Miles — And The Millennia

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