Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.
By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN
(CNN) - The 2012 election has been widely hailed as a diversity moment — a coming out party for an American electorate no longer dominated by white men. And it was a triumph as well for religious diversity, thanks especially to Hawaii, which is sending the first Hindu to the House and the first Buddhist to the Senate.
But is this religious change more symbolic than real? In “Faith on the Hill,” a study on religion in the 113th Congress released Friday by the Pew Forum, the story seems to be static rather than change.
By Arielle Hawkins, CNN
Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.
From the Blog:
CNN: Survey: Religiously unaffiliated, minority Christians propelled Obama’s victory
President Barack Obama’s victory relied largely on two dramatically different religious coalitions – minority Christians and those with no religion – according to a survey released Thursday. One-in-four Obama voters were religiously unaffiliated, the second-largest “religious” demographic in the president’s coalition, according to the study (PDF). Minority Christians – consisting of black, Asian, Hispanic and mixed-race Americans – made up 31% of Obama’s coalition, the largest religious group.
Tweet of the Day:
School book fair today and my #Muslim child chooses 'How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah'! #Interfaith on its way to social norm! @ifyc— Eboo Patel (@EbooPatel) November 15, 2012
School book fair today and my #Muslim child chooses 'How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah'! #Interfaith on its way to social norm! @ifyc
Photo of the Day:
Photo credit: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images
People walked in the parade of Heirlooms during the rituals night carnival to celebrate the Islamic New Year in Solo City, Central Java, Indonesia on November 15, 2012. This year marks the 1434th Islamic New Year.
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