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America's religions

Orthodox Jewish men try to cross Bedford Avenue in the Williamsburg section of the Brooklyn borough in front of former professional road racing cyclist Laurent Jalabert (runner in black ) of France, during the 2015 New York City Marathon in New York, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Orthodox Jewish men try to cross Bedford Avenue in the Williamsburg section of the Brooklyn borough in front of former professional road racing cyclist Laurent Jalabert (runner in black ) of France, during the 2015 New York City Marathon in New York,...more

Orthodox Jewish men try to cross Bedford Avenue in the Williamsburg section of the Brooklyn borough in front of former professional road racing cyclist Laurent Jalabert (runner in black ) of France, during the 2015 New York City Marathon in New York, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
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A Sikh boy marches in the annual Sikh Day Parade in New York, April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

A Sikh boy marches in the annual Sikh Day Parade in New York, April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

A Sikh boy marches in the annual Sikh Day Parade in New York, April 27, 2013. REUTERS/Keith Bedford
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"Philly Jesus," Michael Grant, hands his staff to a girl beside a cardboard cut-out of Pope Francis, at Love Park, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Makela

"Philly Jesus," Michael Grant, hands his staff to a girl beside a cardboard cut-out of Pope Francis, at Love Park, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Makela

"Philly Jesus," Michael Grant, hands his staff to a girl beside a cardboard cut-out of Pope Francis, at Love Park, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Makela
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People take pictures of released floating lanterns dedicated to deceased loved ones during a ceremony marking remembrance and reflection, held by Shinnyo-en Buddhists honoring victims of war, famine, and natural disasters on Memorial Day, at Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry

People take pictures of released floating lanterns dedicated to deceased loved ones during a ceremony marking remembrance and reflection, held by Shinnyo-en Buddhists honoring victims of war, famine, and natural disasters on Memorial Day, at Ala...more

People take pictures of released floating lanterns dedicated to deceased loved ones during a ceremony marking remembrance and reflection, held by Shinnyo-en Buddhists honoring victims of war, famine, and natural disasters on Memorial Day, at Ala Moana Beach Park in Honolulu May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
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A parishioner cries as he signs a song of worship in the 7,000-seat Willow Creek Community church during a Sunday service in South Barrington, Illinois, November 20, 2005. Institutions like Willow Creek and Houston's Lakewood Church, each drawing 20,000 or more on a weekend, offer not just a vast, shared attraction but a path that tries to link individuals on a faith-sustaining one-to-one level beyond the crowd, observers and worshipers say.  REUTERS/John Gress

A parishioner cries as he signs a song of worship in the 7,000-seat Willow Creek Community church during a Sunday service in South Barrington, Illinois, November 20, 2005. Institutions like Willow Creek and Houston's Lakewood Church, each drawing...more

A parishioner cries as he signs a song of worship in the 7,000-seat Willow Creek Community church during a Sunday service in South Barrington, Illinois, November 20, 2005. Institutions like Willow Creek and Houston's Lakewood Church, each drawing 20,000 or more on a weekend, offer not just a vast, shared attraction but a path that tries to link individuals on a faith-sustaining one-to-one level beyond the crowd, observers and worshipers say. REUTERS/John Gress
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Veronica Velasquez, 24, (L) fixes her make-up during the 14th annual Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, November 2, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Veronica Velasquez, 24, (L) fixes her make-up during the 14th annual Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Veronica Velasquez, 24, (L) fixes her make-up during the 14th annual Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, festival at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, November 2, 2013. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Chariya Leeds, 44, and her daughter Samantha Leeds, 5, take part in the Nashuva Spiritual Community Jewish New Year celebration on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, United States September 14, 2015. As Jews take part in the Tashlich prayer, a Rosh Hashanah ritual, bread crumbs are tossed into the waters to symbolically cast away sins. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Chariya Leeds, 44, and her daughter Samantha Leeds, 5, take part in the Nashuva Spiritual Community Jewish New Year celebration on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, United States September 14, 2015. As Jews take part in the Tashlich prayer, a...more

Chariya Leeds, 44, and her daughter Samantha Leeds, 5, take part in the Nashuva Spiritual Community Jewish New Year celebration on Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, United States September 14, 2015. As Jews take part in the Tashlich prayer, a Rosh Hashanah ritual, bread crumbs are tossed into the waters to symbolically cast away sins. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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Attendee place their shoes on shoe racks at an interfaith rally titled "Love is Stronger than Hate" at the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona, United States June 1, 2015. The rally was held in response to an earlier anti-Muslim rally at the same location. REUTERS/Deanna Dent

Attendee place their shoes on shoe racks at an interfaith rally titled "Love is Stronger than Hate" at the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona, United States June 1, 2015. The rally was held in response to an earlier anti-Muslim rally at the...more

Attendee place their shoes on shoe racks at an interfaith rally titled "Love is Stronger than Hate" at the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona, United States June 1, 2015. The rally was held in response to an earlier anti-Muslim rally at the same location. REUTERS/Deanna Dent
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Participants dance and throw colored chalk during the Holi Festival of Colors at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah, March 30, 2013. According to organizers 50,000 people were expected to pack the temple grounds to celebrate Holi, the passing of winter to spring, and throw colorful powder throughout the day. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Participants dance and throw colored chalk during the Holi Festival of Colors at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah, March 30, 2013. According to organizers 50,000 people were expected to pack the temple grounds to celebrate Holi,...more

Participants dance and throw colored chalk during the Holi Festival of Colors at the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork, Utah, March 30, 2013. According to organizers 50,000 people were expected to pack the temple grounds to celebrate Holi, the passing of winter to spring, and throw colorful powder throughout the day. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Franklin Esterman of Baltimore Maryland hugs his son Matthew after Franklin was baptized in a pond during the Creation Christian music festival near Mount Union, Pennsylvania, June 29, 2008.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

Franklin Esterman of Baltimore Maryland hugs his son Matthew after Franklin was baptized in a pond during the Creation Christian music festival near Mount Union, Pennsylvania, June 29, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Franklin Esterman of Baltimore Maryland hugs his son Matthew after Franklin was baptized in a pond during the Creation Christian music festival near Mount Union, Pennsylvania, June 29, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Sister-wives Valerie (L) and Vicki serve breakfast to their children in their polygamous house in Herriman, Utah, May 30, 2007. Polygamy, once hidden in the shadows of Utah and Arizona, is breaking into the open as fundamentalist Mormons push to decriminalize it on religious grounds, while at the same time stamping out abuses such as forced marriages of underage brides. TREUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Sister-wives Valerie (L) and Vicki serve breakfast to their children in their polygamous house in Herriman, Utah, May 30, 2007. Polygamy, once hidden in the shadows of Utah and Arizona, is breaking into the open as fundamentalist Mormons push to...more

Sister-wives Valerie (L) and Vicki serve breakfast to their children in their polygamous house in Herriman, Utah, May 30, 2007. Polygamy, once hidden in the shadows of Utah and Arizona, is breaking into the open as fundamentalist Mormons push to decriminalize it on religious grounds, while at the same time stamping out abuses such as forced marriages of underage brides. TREUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
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Actors dressed for a nativity scene are pictured during a prayer reading in front of the Supreme Court in Washington December 3, 2013.  REUTERS/Jason Reed

Actors dressed for a nativity scene are pictured during a prayer reading in front of the Supreme Court in Washington December 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Actors dressed for a nativity scene are pictured during a prayer reading in front of the Supreme Court in Washington December 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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Amish youth from Ohio recite gospel songs in the Times Square subway in Midtown, New York May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Amish youth from Ohio recite gospel songs in the Times Square subway in Midtown, New York May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Amish youth from Ohio recite gospel songs in the Times Square subway in Midtown, New York May 15, 2015. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
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Women raise their arms in song during a memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela at the Riverside Church in New York December 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Women raise their arms in song during a memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela at the Riverside Church in New York December 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Women raise their arms in song during a memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela at the Riverside Church in New York December 11, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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People walk past Salt Lake temple as they arrive to attend the biannual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah April 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

People walk past Salt Lake temple as they arrive to attend the biannual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah April 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

People walk past Salt Lake temple as they arrive to attend the biannual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah April 5, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
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Children sit on a pile of boxes at a mass gathering of Satmar Hasidic Jews in New York November 23, 2013. The Satmars, a strictly anti-zionist sect of Judaism, gathered to celebrate the 69th anniversary of their founding Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum's escape from the holocaust. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Children sit on a pile of boxes at a mass gathering of Satmar Hasidic Jews in New York November 23, 2013. The Satmars, a strictly anti-zionist sect of Judaism, gathered to celebrate the 69th anniversary of their founding Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum's...more

Children sit on a pile of boxes at a mass gathering of Satmar Hasidic Jews in New York November 23, 2013. The Satmars, a strictly anti-zionist sect of Judaism, gathered to celebrate the 69th anniversary of their founding Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum's escape from the holocaust. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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President Barack Obama greets Samantha Elauf while hosting the Iftar dinner in observance of Ramadan at the White House in Washington June 22, 2015. Elauf won a recent Supreme Court discrimination case after being denied a job for wearing a religious headscarf. 
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President Barack Obama greets Samantha Elauf while hosting the Iftar dinner in observance of Ramadan at the White House in Washington June 22, 2015. Elauf won a recent Supreme Court discrimination case after being denied a job for wearing a religious...more

President Barack Obama greets Samantha Elauf while hosting the Iftar dinner in observance of Ramadan at the White House in Washington June 22, 2015. Elauf won a recent Supreme Court discrimination case after being denied a job for wearing a religious headscarf. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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People cry while they attend the last mass at the Church of Our Lady of Peace in New York July 31, 2015. Seventeen Catholic churches across New York City are scheduled to hold their last services. They will close their doors for good as a result of the merger of parishes due to declining attendances. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

People cry while they attend the last mass at the Church of Our Lady of Peace in New York July 31, 2015. Seventeen Catholic churches across New York City are scheduled to hold their last services. They will close their doors for good as a result of...more

People cry while they attend the last mass at the Church of Our Lady of Peace in New York July 31, 2015. Seventeen Catholic churches across New York City are scheduled to hold their last services. They will close their doors for good as a result of the merger of parishes due to declining attendances. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
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A Buddhist monk photographs emerging cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington April 8, 2014. Peak blooms are expected later this week. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

A Buddhist monk photographs emerging cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington April 8, 2014. Peak blooms are expected later this week. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

A Buddhist monk photographs emerging cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin in Washington April 8, 2014. Peak blooms are expected later this week. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
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A supermoon raises above the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette, Illinois, September 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

A supermoon raises above the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette, Illinois, September 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young

A supermoon raises above the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette, Illinois, September 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
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