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Top 10 Celebrity Religion News of 2012

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Bobbie Kristina performs with her mother at Good Morning America.

-Whitney Houston Died at Age 48

The legendary pop singer was found dead in her hotel room Feb. 11. Autopsy reports later revealed that Houston drowned after ingesting several drugs including cocaine. Family friend and Gospel singer BeBe Winans eulogized Houston. He told the Christian Post that Houston was an outspoken Christian. Indeed Houston was reportedly spent the last moments of her life singing "Jesus Love Me" in a club.

-Olympian Gabby Douglas Thanked God After Winning the Gold in the Gymnastics All-Around

Virginia native Gabby Gabrielle Douglas became America's sweetheart after she became the first African-American woman to ever win the gold medal in Women's Gymnastics All-Around competition in the 2012 summer Olympics. She immediately took to Twitter to celebrate the achievement. She tweeted, "Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me." Douglas has since published a memoir entitled, Grace, Gold, Glory.

 -Actress Jada Pinkete-Smith Answered Rumors of a Split, Extra Marital Affair With Singer Marc Anthony With a Lesson From the Book of Job

Jada Pinkett-Smith and her husband Will have been battling divorce rumors since 2011. Pinkett-Smith told Essence Magazine that the gossip has tested her faith much like Job's faith was tested in the Bible. When asked if she was bitter, Pinkett-Smith told the magazine, "No. Because here's the thing. Think about how blessed I am. Like, that's part of the laws of the universe."

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Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith with their children Jaden and Willow at The Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2009

She continued, "Put yourself in my shoes for one moment. The magnitude of the blessings that I've been given. Sometimes God puts things in your way so that you get a real understanding. It's like Job: Let me test your faith in me." The two are still married.

-Child Star Kirk Cameron Pronounced Homosexuality as “Unnatural,” "Destructive"

The Christian actor and the child star of 80's TV show Growing Pains angered the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered community when he told Piers Morgan that he disapproved of gay marriage. Kirk Cameron told the CNN host, marriage is "almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve – one man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don't think anyone else should either. So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don't."

He summed that homosexuality is "unnatural... I think that it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization." His interview sparked outrage from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and prompted Christian leaders to speak publically on the issue.

-The Fall of Prop 8 in California Brought About the Engagement of Bradgelina

Actor-actress duo Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced their engagement in April after vowing not to marry unless gay and lesbian couples do the same. The parents of six children, four of whom are adopted, made the announcement months after the California Circuit Court of Appeals voided a state marriage amendment and allowed gay couples to marry. The Pitt-Jolie brood reportedly begged their parents to marry.

-Katie Holmes' Sudden Divorce From Tom Cruise Sparked Scientology Backlash

When actress Katie Holmes suddenly separated from actor Tom Cruise in June and took their daughter Suri to New York, rumors began swirling that Holmes, a Catholic, could not stomach her husband's Scientology faith.

The Christian Post reported that Holmes still loves Cruise but wished to protect their daughter from his religion.

-Seventh Day Adventist Actor Angus T. Jones Declared His Faith, Denounces His Show 2.5 Men

Child actor of CBS' Two and a Half Men, Angus Jones, bad mouthed his show in an Adventist video. The video tapped for Forerunner Chronicles was initially about Jones conversion to the Adventist church. However the tone of the taping changed when he told viewers, "If you watch 'Two and a Half Men,' please stop watching 'Two and a Half Men. He continued, "I'm on 'Two and a Half Men,' and I don't want to be on it. Please stop watching it, please stop filling your head with filth."

The statement evoked a huge backlash online and Jones eventually apologized to the show's producers.

-2016 Producer "Blessed" Clint Eastwood for his Parody of President Barack Obama

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Gerald Molen, the Oscar award-winning producer of "2016: Obama's America" praised actor/director Clint Eastwood for his speech at the Republican National Convention. Eastwood, a libertarian, parodied the president in speech by arguing with an empty chair. The act garnered laughs at the convention and anger from liberals."God bless Clint Eastwood for coming and supporting Romney. It shows that he is interested in the outcome of America,” Molen told FOX 411's Pop Tarts column. He continued, “There are those of us who are trying to educate our Democratic friends in Hollywood as fast as we can."

Standing next to an empty chair, Eastwood mocked an imaginary Obama, telling him, "What do you want me to tell Romney? I can't tell him to do that. He can't do that to himself. You're getting as bad as Biden!" The Obama-Biden Campaign shot back on Twitter with a picture of Obama in a chair labeled "The President" and the words "This chair is taken."

-Actor, Singer Jamie Foxx Thanked His Lord and Savior Barack Obama

Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx has called Barack Obama "our lord and savior" during the 2012 Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas on last month. The Django star told that crowd, "It's like church over here. It's like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama. Barack Obama."

Catholic League President Bill Donohue called the statement "startling." Foxx defended his comment as a joke meant to be humorous.

-Basketball Wives Bad Girl Evelyn Lozada Said She is Becoming a "Servant of God"

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The Basketball Wives reality star told new age spiritualist Iyanla Vanzant that she is learning to become a "servant of God" during life classes aired on the OWN Network in September. Lozada went to Vanzant after she was outed publically for her violent tendencies on the basketball reality show. Though there were many fighters on the show, Lozada infamously jumped across a table to “kill” co-star Jennifer Williams. Lozada later married and divorced professional football player Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson after he head-butted her during an argument.

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