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3. Mark Basseley Youssef, an Egypt-born Christian whose work has been condemned by the Coptic Church, provoked rioting in the Muslim world with his film trailer "Innocence of Muslims." He was jailed in California on probation violations.
4. Mormon voters, who enthusiastically backed one of their own for president, acted in ways that helped overcome suspicions of them by other faiths.
5. Pro football quarterback Tim Tebow, whose book about his faith was on the best-seller list, inspired the term "Tebowing" for kneeling in prayer and led to polarized discussions about the role of faith in sports.
The poll of Religion Newswriters Association members took place Dec. 11- 15 in a confidential, online ballot. More than 100 members of the organization responded. RNA has conducted the poll for nearly 40 years.
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