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June 17th, 2010
12:11 PM ET

Destroyed Jesus statue is coming back

The Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio will rebuild the "King of Kings" Jesus statue that was destroyed Monday after being hit by lighting, church officials say.

The story has gotten worldwide  attention and has some asking if the lightning strike was an act of God. All that is left of the 62 foot statue of Jesus coming out of the water arms raised is the steel frame. In Ohio, the statue was known as "Touchdown Jesus." Now, CNN iReporters are calling the ruined structure "Terminator Jesus."

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Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science • Faith Now

June 17th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Ultra-Orthodox in Israel take to streets over court ruling

Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel were staging a protest Thursday over what they feel is the intervention of the Israeli state into religious affairs, police told CNN.

The protesters dislike a ruling by Israel's Supreme court that orders the jailing of parents of European, or Ashkenazi, background for refusing to send their daughters to a school with Sephardic girls, those from the Middle East.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Faith Now • Israel • Judaism

June 17th, 2010
05:31 AM ET

Essay fuels American Jewish debate over U.S-Israel relationship

From CNN Senior National Editor Dave Schechter:

Debate among American Jews about the proper relationship between the United States and Israel is often reasoned but often impolite. E-mail traffic and online comments can be venomous, rejecting the idea that an American Jew can support Israel while being critical of its actions or policies.

This is an intramural debate with ramifications beyond its participants. Israel counts on American Jews to help maintain U.S. support for Israel politically and—through foreign aid programs—a military edge over its potential foreign foes.

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Filed under: Faith Now • Israel • Judaism

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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke and Eric Marrapodi with daily contributions from CNN's worldwide newsgathering team.

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