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July 31st, 2010
10:54 PM ET

Church plans Quran-burning event

In protest of what it calls a religion "of the devil," a nondenominational church in Gainesville, Florida, plans to host an "International Burn a Quran Day" on the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

The Dove World Outreach Center says it is hosting the event to remember 9/11 victims and take a stand against Islam. With promotions on its website and Facebook page, it invites Christians to burn the Muslim holy book at the church from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"We believe that Islam is of the devil, that it's causing billions of people to go to hell, it is a deceptive religion, it is a violent religion and that is proven many, many times," Pastor Terry Jones told CNN's Rick Sanchez earlier this week.

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Filed under: Christianity • Church • Florida • Islam • Quran • United States

July 30th, 2010
05:25 PM ET

Anti-Defamation League's opposition to ground zero mosque sparks debate

The Anti-Defamation League this week announced its opposition to a proposed mosque and community center at Ground Zero - a decision that is already provoking anger. On Friday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) asked the ADL to retract its Wednesday statement:

"It is shocking that a group claiming to seek 'justice and fair treatment for all' would side with those engaged in one of the most egregious Islamophobic smear campaigns in recent memory," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "We ask the ADL to reconsider and retract this ill-considered and divisive statement. With its shameful statement, the ADL is exploiting and fueling the rising level of anti-Islam sentiment in our society."

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- CNN Writer

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Christianity • Ethics • Foreign policy • Interfaith issues • Islam • Uncategorized

July 30th, 2010
05:15 PM ET

How faithy will Sarah Palin's next book be?

Pretty faithy, according to three details in today's CNN Political Ticker post about new information Harper Collins has released about the book:

1. The title: "America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag." (OK, we knew that already.)

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Books • Christianity • Politics • Sarah Palin

July 30th, 2010
04:14 PM ET

National Association of Evangelicals denounces church's Quran burning event

The National Association of Evangelicals, the nation's largest evangelical umbrella group, is urging a Florida church to call off a planned Quran burning scheduled for September 11. Here's the NAE's statement:

NAE Urges Cancellation of Planned Qu’ran Burning

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) encourages increased understanding and reconciliation between those of different faiths and backgrounds, and it laments efforts that work against a just and peaceful society. The plans recently announced by a Florida group to burn copies of the Qu’ran on September 11 show disrespect for our Muslim neighbors and would exacerbate tensions between Christians and Muslims throughout the world. The NAE urges the cancellation of the burning.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Florida • Islam • Quran

July 30th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Anne Rice leaves Christianity

Legendary author Anne Rice has announced that she’s quitting Christianity.

The “Interview with a Vampire” author, who wrote a book about her spirituality titled "Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession" in 2008, said Wednesday that she refuses to be “anti-gay,” “anti-feminist," “anti-science” and “anti-Democrat.”

Rice wrote, “For those who care, and I understand if you don't: Today I quit being a Christian ... It's simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For ten years, I've tried. I've failed. I'm an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.”

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Filed under: Catholic Church • Culture & Science • Leaders

July 30th, 2010
03:02 PM ET

July 30th, 2010
05:05 AM ET

Painting stolen by Nazi on display in New York

A demur redhead in a modest black dress is making a brief appearance in New York, before finally returning home to Austria.

"Portrait of Wally," painted by Austrian Egon Schiele in 1912, was put on display Thursday at The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York. On August 18, it will go back to the Leopold Museum in Vienna, after a settlement last week ended the painting's legal upheaval.

It's a story 70 years old, reaching across the Atlantic and involving Nazi theft, art-world deceit and a Jewish woman's deep affection for a favorite portrait.

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Filed under: Art • Austria • Europe • Holocaust • Judaism

July 29th, 2010
10:44 AM ET

July 29th, 2010
09:55 AM ET

Addressing treatment of workers, group readies new kosher seal

CNN's Talya Minsberg filed this report:

Most religious dietary guidelines allow individuals to maintain a sense of holiness in their daily lives.

For many Jews, that sense was shattered in spring of 2008, when an Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa was raided and found to have hundreds of illegal immigrants and dozens of violations, from unsafe conditions to unethical treatment of workers. It was the nation's largest kosher meatpacking plant.

In June, Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin was sentenced to 27 years of imprisonment on fraud charges, though he appealed his conviction earlier this month.

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Filed under: Food • Judaism • Money & Faith

July 28th, 2010
01:47 PM ET

New book explains Barack Obama's favorite theologian

When I first started reading about Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., I kept coming across one name: Reinhold Niebuhr.

Niebuhr was a Protestant pastor and theologian who lived during the mid-20th century. He’s best known for writing the Serenity Prayer ("God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can..."). But he also exerted a profound influence on King.

It turns out that Niebuhr is also one of President Obama’s favorite theologians, as I detailed in an article earlier this year.

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- CNN Writer

Filed under: Barack Obama • Books • Christianity • Culture wars • Jesus • Politics • Uncategorized

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