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Smithsonian Institution Hires New Curator For Religious Exhibits

For the first time since the 1890s, the Smithsonian Institution has a curator for religion.

Peter Manseau, a scholar and writer whose parents were formerly a priest and a nun, was hired to acquire religious objects for the museum and to oversee exhibits on religious life in America.

“You can’t tell the story of America without the role of religion in it,” Manseau told The Washington Post in late October.

Doubting Thomas: Prayer Breakfast Theocrats Try To Baptize Jefferson

The 60th annual National Prayer Breakfast will take place Feb. 2 here in Washington, D.C.

This event is privately sponsored by a shadowy fundamentalist Christian group called “The Family” (also known as the Fellowship Foundation). You might remember them from a few years ago, when a nasty sex scandal erupted over their infamous “C Street House” and the rowdy escapades of some of its residents.