Election Dominates List of Top Religion Stories for 2008

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (AP) - Members of the Religion Newswriters
Association have named President-elect Barack Obama the top
religion newsmaker of 2008, but pastors in politics headlined their
top story.

Incendiary sermons by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright forced Obama to
withdraw his membership from Wright's Chicago church, while
Republican John McCain rejected the endorsements of evangelical
pastors John Hagee and Rod Parsley over their negative comments
about other faiths.

The Democratic Party's efforts to woo faith-based voters and GOP
vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's popularity with evangelical
voters were the second and third top stories, respectively.

Others making the list: voters in California overturning a court decision legalizing gay marriage, Pope Benedict's first U.S. papal visit, and deepening divides in the world Anglican Communion.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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