Religious labels matter less in 2012 campaign

(RNS) There aren't any white Protestants on the presidential ballot this year — a first in American history. It's a situation that probably would have baffled famous evangelicals such as the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. By Bob Smietana.

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Q&A with ‘Nonbeliever Nation’ author David Niose

(RNS) In his new book, “Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans,” David Niose charts the development and growth of the religious right, tackles the “War on Christmas” as a manufactured controversy, and explains why George W. Bush's election was the best thing to happen to the secular movement. By Kimberly Winston.

COMMENTARY: Of Protestants, politicians and power

(RNS) It would be an error to underestimate or write off the Protestant influence in the American political arena. But with the rapid demographic and sociological changes now underway, get ready for Hindus, Jews, Hispanics, Buddhists, Muslims, gays, women, atheists and many other groups to head up future presidential tickets. By A. James Rudin.