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State Sen. Ferrell Haile, R-Gallatin (left), speaks during debate on a bill that would make the Bible the state book of Tennessee. At front right is Sen. Steve Southerland, R-Morristown, who sponsored the bill. Mark Humphrey/AP hide caption

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For the first time since their churches split in the 11th century, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill will meet in person. They're seen here in photos from earlier this year. Ivan Sekretarev/Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during the 2015 Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition presidential forum. He's made religion a central tenet of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Brother William Valle of the Institute of the Incarnate Word in Chillum, Md., loads potatoes onto his cart at the Capitol Area Food Bank, in Washington, D.C. A new government initiative seeks to engage faith-based groups on food waste — for instance, by using their existing relationships with food banks to redirect excess food to the hungry. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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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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Attendees pray during the Family Leadership Summit — an event sponsored by the conservative Family Leader organization — in Ames, Iowa, in July. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Conservatives Call For 'Religious Freedom,' But For Whom?

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"That this is only directed at the Muslim community is something that I personally can't accept," activist Linda Sarsour said of President Obama's challenge to American Muslims. She's pictured here in 2011 at the Arab American Association of New York. Henny Ray Abrams/AP hide caption

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Some American Muslims Irritated By Obama's Call For Them To 'Root Out' Extremism

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Two mourners kiss outside the Bataclan concert hall, one of the sites of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, now adorned with a banner reading "Freedom is an indestructible monument." Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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