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Tom Gjelten

Tom Gjelten appears in the following:

American Muslim Women Explain Why They Do — Or Don't — Cover

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

For an American Muslim woman, deciding whether or not to wear the headscarf — or hijab — isn't a choice to be taken lightly.

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Voters Don't See Trump As Religious, But They Also Don't Seem To Care

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The findings of two recent surveys call into question a long-standing principle of U.S. politics — that voters prefer candidates with strong faith beliefs.

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Muslim Leaders Vow To Protect Rights Of Religious Minorities

Thursday, January 28, 2016

This week's Marrakesh Declaration is the latest effort to dissociate Islam from ISIS and other jihadist groups. But will the declaration be heeded? Similar efforts have had limited effect.

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Anglican Communion Temporarily Suspends U.S. Episcopal Church

Friday, January 15, 2016

Anglican leaders meeting in Canterbury have temporarily suspended the U.S. Episcopal Church from full participation in the Anglican Communion. The move comes at the behest of conservative bishops — mostly from Africa — who are unhappy with the American church's stance on same-sex marriage and gay clergy.

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Division Over Social Issues Threatens Global Split Among Anglican Churches

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Archbishop of Canterbury has called the leaders of the Anglican "provinces" to England to discuss the division over social issues, including homosexuality, same-sex marriage and female bishops.

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As Christians Flee, Governments Pressured To Declare ISIS Guilty Of Genocide

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Christian population is dropping in areas where Islamic State fighters are targeting religious minorities. At least a thousand Christians have been killed. Hundreds of thousands have fled.

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Do Christians And Muslims Worship The Same God?

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Wheaton College professor was placed on leave for declaring, in a gesture of solidarity, that Christians and Muslims "worship the same God." But do they? The answer may depend on whom you ask.

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

Monday, December 14, 2015

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."

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

Friday, December 11, 2015

Republican presidential candidates decry what they call a "war on faith." Religious conservatives say they face anti-Christian bigotry. But the rise of anti-Muslim sentiment reveals a double standard.

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

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

American Muslims feel unfairly maligned, singled out and asked to do more than others when it comes to terrorism.

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Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

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Poll Finds Americans, Especially Millennials, Moving Away From Religion

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

A survey by the Pew Research Center shows that the percentage of Americans who say they believe in God, pray daily and attend church regularly is declining.

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Influx Of Non-European Immigrants Defines America Today

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Immigration Act of 1965 opened the doors to nationalities that were largely shut out before. Since then, 90 percent of U.S. immigrants hail from outside Europe. Three families share their stories.

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Bolivian Immigrant Learns To Fix Most Things By Reading Library Books

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The story of the Alarcon family from Bolivia includes many elements of the immigrant experience: struggle, sacrifice, rewards, and the creation of a new identity.

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Devout Muslim Preaches His Love For America

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Since 1965 about 60 million people have moved to the U.S. from around the world. A Muslim immigrant from Libya says living in the U.S. means both coping with bigotry and enjoying religious freedom.

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America Since 1965

Monday, October 05, 2015

NPR religion correspondent Tom Gjelten assesses the impact of post-1965 immigration on U.S. demographics and politics.

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Va. Delegate Keam Is Grateful For Changes To 1965 Immigration Act

Monday, October 05, 2015

In Part One of a new series on immigrant families, we examine the experience of Mark Keam, a Korean-American who is the only Asian immigrant elected to the Virginia legislature.

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In 1965, A Conservative Tried To Keep America White. His Plan Backfired

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Fifty years ago, the Immigration Act lifted an old quota system that favored immigrants from Europe. But before it passed, one congressman made a change — one he thought would limit the act's impact.

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Pope Strikes A Chord With Catholics And Non-Catholics Alike

Monday, September 28, 2015

From The White House to a lunch with homeless people, from the halls of Congress to a Philadelphia prison, Pope Francis made waves during six-day US visit among U.S. Catholics and the public at large.

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Pope Unexpectedly Meets With Victims Of Sex Abuse

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Francis made the unannounced visit on the last day of his six-day trip to the U.S., which will conclude with a huge Mass in Philadelphia.

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