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Study Shows Mormonism is Fastest-Growing Faith in Half of U.S. States

Mitt Romney may or may not become the first Mormon to move into the White House next year, but a new study shows that Mormonism is moving into more parts of the country than any other religious group, making it the fastest-growing faith in more than half of U.S. states.

The 2012 Religious Congregations and Membership Study, released here Tuesday (May 1), shows that the mainline Protestants and Catholics who dominated the 20th century are literally losing ground to the rapid rise of Mormons and, increasingly, Muslims.

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World Malaria Day Concert for Sierra Leone

When I moved to Washington, D.C., I—like perhaps most other 20-somethings—imagined this place as a hub of both political thought and non-profit zeal; the coexistence of both worlds, all to change society. Lofty ideals, right? Perhaps.

Ideal, meet the venue Busboys and Poets plus friends and co-laborers in the fight for justice: Faiths Act, ONE, Malaria No More, and the 9/11 Unity Walk. Last night, a handful of musicians and spoken-word artists united in faith and activism under a common cause: World Malaria Day concert for Sierra Leone.

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Working Class Heroes: A Playlist for May Day

A playlist for the working class: Ten songs in honor of May Day and workers everywhere.

John Lennon, "Working Class Hero"

This song from John Lennon's first post-Beatles solo album, 1970's John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, is about working class folks being "processed" into the middle class or the "machine," according to what Lennon told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview the same year the album released. "A working class hero is something to be," is the song's mantra and refrain.

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On Anniversary of Bin Laden's Death, Heated Debate about Torture Use

The anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death at the hand of U.S. troops has reawakened the political controversy over the use of torture. 

In an opinion piece today, Jose Rodriguez, Jr., former director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, says it wouldn’t have happened without torture. He writes of an al-Qaeda operative captured in 2004, who was “taken to a secret CIA prison – or ‘black site’ – where he was subjected to some ‘enhanced interrogation techniques.’”

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Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: May 1, 2012

Melvin the Traveling Mini Machine -- Kickstarter's transformative mission -- and "A History of Whisteling," in today's Links of Awesomeness...

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Is Osama Bin Laden in Hell? (and Other Stupid Things Christians Argue About)

I’m sipping on a root beer at Barnes & Noble as I work on my revisions for Forest Life. In the meantime I’ve noticed a handfull of debates raging over this photo that has been spreading around the Internet today. This makes sense given that today is the one year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Of course thinking people know that his death did not bring about any worthwhile social change.

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Sojourners' Tim King Talks Politicians, Politics and Faith on CNN Radio

Today, Sojourners' Communications Director Tim King talks with CNN's Lisa Desjardins about politicians and God-talk in this 2012 presidential election season.

From CNN.com:

Is Washington a holy city? It might seem that way, with all the talk about religion and morality in the 2012 election.

But all that God talk may be rubbing voters the wrong way.

"It's getting ugly out there," said Tim King, an evangelical Christian who works for the progressive religious group Sojourners. "There are a lot of Christians who are using their faith as a political weapon, which it's never meant to be."

Listen to Tim's comments on CNN Radio inside the blog.

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Afternoon News Bytes: May 1, 2012

The Purpose Of Spectacular Wealth, According To A Spectacularly Wealthy Guy – A Guide To May Day – The 10 States And 10 Jobs With The Most Low-Wage Workers – A Faith-Based Budget Lesson For Paul Ryan (OPINION) – As Childhood Obesity Improves, Will Kids In Poverty Be Left Behind? – Task Force Meets To Look At Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law – UK Lawmakers: Rupert Murdoch Unfit To Lead Company – Congress: It's Going To Get Worse – A Story of Christian-Muslim Friendship: Entering Without Knocking (OPINION) – Drones Invade Campus – Asian Americans: 2012's Stealth Swing Vote? – Violence In Nigeria: Breaking The Country's Fatal Deadlock – MAY DAY CHARTS: We Don’t Currently Reward Our Workers – 34 Syrian Children Killed Since Ceasefire: Report.

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Book Review: Almost Amish

If I had seen just the title of Almost Amish, I probably wouldn't have been attracted to it: I'm not a fan of Amish fiction, and I've heard too much about Amish puppy mills.

If I'd also noticed the name of the author, however, I might have picked it up: several years ago I met the Sleeths at the home of mutual friends, and I greatly respect the choices they have made about a simpler, more hospitable lifestyle.

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May Day and the Occupation

Today is May Day – an historic day of protest and action for the working class. This year, in light of the Occupy movement, many are hopeful of the resurgence this day can bring in the fight for national against economic injustice. 

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