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July 22nd, 2010
05:22 PM ET

Israeli Palestinian man to appeal rape-by-deception conviction

The lawyer for a 30-year-old Palestinian married father of two who has admitted in a plea bargain to rape by deception said Wednesday he will appeal his client's sentence, which was handed up Monday.

"Eighteen months in prison is too much," said Adnan Aladdin. He is representing Saber Kashour, a Palestinian living in east Jerusalem who admitted pretending to be a single Jewish man before having sex with an Israeli woman.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this post inaccurately characterized the nationality of a man who admitted in a plea bargain to a charge of rape by deception. He is a Palestinian resident of east Jerusalem, which Israel has occupied since 1967.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Israel

July 22nd, 2010
05:07 PM ET

Tony Blair honors films about different kinds of faith

What links a single mother from Colombia who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with an ancient Muslim mosque in India? Both are the subjects of award-winning short films about faith, honored Thursday by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

The foundation - a project the former British prime minister launched after leaving office - challenged young people to make movies about religion. Entries came in from around the world and were judged by a high-profile panel that included actors Hugh Jackman, Jet Li and Natalie Portman, Queen Rania of Jordan, and Blair himself.

The winners were announced Thursday in London.

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Culture & Science • Movies • United Kingdom

July 22nd, 2010
04:36 PM ET

The hipster farmer/faith-based organization connection

I worked on a story for American Morning today about young, educated, twenty-somethings starting up small farms–folks who are abandoning the suit and tie for straw hats.

Indeed, we profiled Roy Skeen, who wore a straw hat for the entire shoot.
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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Food

July 22nd, 2010
02:40 PM ET

Facebook investigating deletion of Palin post on Ground Zero mosque

Social networking giant Facebook said Thursday that it is investigating the deletion of a post by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin that sounded off about plans for a mosque near Ground Zero in New York City.

Facebook is looking into "this incident to determine why and how the content in question was removed," spokesman Andrew Noyes said in a statement provided to CNN.

Palin re-posted the Facebook "note" Thursday morning. In the re-posted version, Palin responds to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who was, in turn, responding to earlier comments by Palin about the planned mosque.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Islam • Muslim • Politics

Pastor Rick Warren hospitalized after eyes burned
July 22nd, 2010
12:34 PM ET

Pastor Rick Warren hospitalized after eyes burned

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren is home recovering after his eyes were burned as he pruned a firestick plant in his yard, his spokesman told CNN Thursday.

Warren was hospitalized Monday after the incident and released Tuesday, said his spokesman, A. Larry Ross. Warren is expected to make a full recovery, Ross said.

"My eyes were severely burned by a toxic poison," Warren wrote in a Twitter message Thursday morning. "Hospitalized Mon. Excruciating pain. Now home. Pray my sight loss is restored."

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Leaders

July 22nd, 2010
10:28 AM ET

Police: Crucifix used to pry open poor box

CNN's Kelly Marshall reports on this bizarre burglary in Florida:

A man was charged with burglary Wednesday after police said he broke into a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, church with an unusual tool - a crucifix.

George Horn allegedly broke into the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on the night of June 26. Fort Lauderdale police say the 48-year-old suspect broke a window to enter the church, took a crucifix from the church’s altar and then used it to pry open a donation box.

The suspect, who was caught on surveillance video, cut himself at some point, leaving a large amount of blood behind, police said. (A photo from the surveillance video is above.)

It is not known how much money was in the box. Horn is in custody.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Church

July 22nd, 2010
09:28 AM ET

South Africa's Tutu announces retirement

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced Thursday he will retire from public life in October, when he turns 79 years old.

"Instead of growing old gracefully, at home with my family - reading and writing and praying and thinking - too much of my time has been spent at airports and in hotels," the Nobel laureate said in a statement.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Leaders

July 22nd, 2010
08:43 AM ET

Where are Mel Gibson defenders?

Conservative Christian leaders were some of director Mel Gibson’s biggest defenders when he released “The Passion of the Christ” six years ago.

Where are they now?

That’s the question Rebecca Dana asks in a provocative article for the Daily Beast entitled, “Still Defending Mel.” As most people know by now, Gibson has come under scrutiny because of a series of audiotapes released online.
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- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Culture wars • Jesus • Violence

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