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I am involved in a web application where items in a list have a category. Each category of an item is shown through the use of an expressive icon. One of the categories is religion.

My coworker, a graphic designer, is at a loss on how he would represent religion in a logo "neutrally". Some of the items may be associated with Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, etc. so a religion-specific icon would not work and may be potentially offensive.

So, is there a way we can represent it in a different way?

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Given that religion is hardly neutral, it might be best just write out the word instead of attempting an icon. –  DA01 Feb 26 '11 at 16:53
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What about an icon depicting a set of praying hands?

Edit: It seems that Civilization 4 uses something similar: Check out the seventh icon in the row of icons in the top-right corner of this screenshot.

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in OS X 10.7 and up, there's an icon from the font Apple Emoji Colour, for referring to the religion: 🙏.

If you can't see this icon. Just see: http://fsymbols.com/thumbs/324.png (look at the right)

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Most airports I've seen that have a multi-faith room use, if not just text, some human figure in what you could call a prayer position (a submissive or relaxed position, maybe?):

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