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Bin Laden's death rated top religion news story

The death of Osama bin Laden and the reactions it produced among people of faith was rated the No. 1 religion news story of 2011 by the nation's leading religion journalists.

The Religion Newswriters Association polls its members annually to compile a list of the top 10 religion stories of the year. About 90 religion beat specialists took the poll this year.

The al-Qaida leader's death topped the ranks because of the national discussion it sparked among people of faith on issues of forgiveness, peace, justice and retribution.

The No. 2 story was a series of controversial congressional hearings focused on American Muslims. Hearings were held in the House of Representatives on the alleged radicalization of U.S. Muslims, and in the Senate on hate crimes reported against U.S. Muslims.


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