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June 1st, 2010
07:28 PM ET

Fallen evangelical leader Ted Haggard schedules big announcement

Ted Haggard, the megachurch pastor and former National Association of Evangelicals chief whose career was undone by a 2006 gay prostitution and drugs scandal, is making a major announcement from his Colorado Springs home tomorrow. From the press release his PR folks sent out today:

FORMER PASTOR OF NEW LIFE CHURCH TED HAGGARD RETURNS TO SPOTLIGHT WITH BIG NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT

Founder of the NEW LIFE CHURCH to make key declaration regarding next step in his career
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Filed under: Christianity • Church • Homosexuality • Leaders

June 1st, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Battle Saint Bracelets

Someone in the CNN DC Bureau (my boss actually) has been passing out Battle Saint Bracelets this week in honor of Memorial Day. The small wooden bracelets feature 12 to 16 Catholic saints.

I wore mine on Memorial Day, which I worked, at the World War II Memorial doing a story on an 87-year-old Marine. Today I've been looking into the saints on the bracelet a little more at battlesaint.com. Here's my favorite:

St. Joseph of Cupertino – included on all bracelets: Born in 1603 to a poor family in the village of Cupertino in Italy, St. Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint of aviators and paratroopers. He was known to levitate and became known as the “Flying Saint.” He was also known for the gift of healing. He died in 1663 in Ossimo, Italy.

Part of the proceeds go to help wounded service members get back on their feet - but not levitate.

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Filed under: Catholic Church

June 1st, 2010
02:57 PM ET

Fort Hood troubles for Muslim soldier

CNN's Pentagon Correspondent Chris Lawrence is in Kileen, Texas, covering the trial of alleged Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nadal Hassan. He filed this report on the troubles another Muslim soldier found on base.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam

June 1st, 2010
12:13 PM ET

Most Intriguing People: Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

Archbishop of San Antonio Jose H. Gomez, selected by the Vatican to succeed Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, has indicated he will continue to be an advocate for immigrants when he becomes cardinal.

The Contra Costa Times reports that 4,000 invited guests officially welcomed Gomez last Wednesday at a two-hour mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels.

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Leaders

June 1st, 2010
03:22 AM ET

My Take: Ending 'don't ask, don't tell' would undermine religious liberty

Editor's Note: Tony Perkins is President of the Family Research Council and a Marine veteran.

By Tony Perkins, Special to CNN

Some people think allowing open homosexuality in the military means nothing more than opening a door that was previously closed. It means much more than that. It would mean simultaneously ushering out the back door anyone who disapproves of homosexual conduct, whether because of legitimate privacy and health concerns or because of moral or religious convictions.

This outcome is almost inevitable, because pro-homosexual activists have made it clear that merely lifting the “ban” on openly homosexual military personnel will not satisfy them.

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Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science • Homosexuality • Military • Opinion

June 1st, 2010
03:16 AM ET

My Take: Defenders of 'don't ask, don't tell' want to impose their religion

Editor's Note: Harry Knox is Director of the Human Rights Campaign's Religion and Faith Program and is a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

By Harry Knox, Special to CNN

Last week, the House of Representatives and a Senate committee both took historic steps forward in protecting the liberty and equality of all Americans, by moving to repeal the discriminatory “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that prohibits lesbian, gay and bisexual people from serving openly in our nation’s military.

This policy has seen thousands of dedicated service members discharged simply because of who they are, costing our nation millions of dollars and many highly-trained soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines - including hundreds with critical language skills desperately needed in our ongoing fight against terrorism around the world.

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Filed under: Culture & Science • Gay rights • Military • Opinion

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