Obama's Muslim outreach named top U.S. religion-news story of 2009


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By Adelle Banks, Religion News Service

President Obama's speech to the Muslim world has been rankedby the nation's religion journalists as the top religion story of the year.

The June speech in Cairo, in which the president quoted from the Quran and said America will "never" be at war with Islam, was ranked as the No. 1 religion story by members of the Religion Newswriters Association.

Evangelical leader Rick Warren, whose invocation at Obama's inauguration was greeted by protests from gay-rights groups, was named the 2009 Religion Newsmaker of the Year.

The entire top 10 is as follows...

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