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O'Donnell gets Coons for Constitutional Law 101
October 19th, 2010
02:16 PM ET

O'Donnell gets Coons for Constitutional Law 101

Editor's Note: CNN's Alexander Mooney filed this report.

Christine O'Donnell received a lesson on the Constitution at Delaware's Widener Law School Tuesday, but unfortunately for the Republican Senate candidate it came during a debate with Democrat Chris Coons.

On the issue of whether creationism should be taught in public schools, a highly skeptical O'Donnell questioned Coon's assertion that the First Amendment calls for the separation of church and state.

"The First Amendment does?" O'Donnell asked during the Tuesday morning debate. "Let me just clarify: You're telling me that the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?"

Read the full story on CNN's Political Ticker.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Church and state • Politics

Digitized Dead Sea Scrolls to be available online
October 19th, 2010
02:03 PM ET

Digitized Dead Sea Scrolls to be available online

Editor's Note: CNN's Kevin Flower brings us this story from Jerusalem.

In an ambitious application of 21st century technology to a first century wonder, the Israel Antiquities Authority and internet search giant Google announced a plan Tuesday to digitize the Dead Sea Scrolls and make the entire collection available to the public online.

The authority's general director, Shuka Dorfman, called the project a milestone that will enhance the field of biblical studies and people's understanding of Judaism and early Christianity.

"We have succeeded in recruiting the best minds and technological means to preserve this unrivaled cultural heritage treasure, which belongs to all of us, so that the public with a click of the mouse will be able to access history in its fullest glamour"

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bible • Israel • Israel • Judaism • Middle East

October 19th, 2010
12:18 PM ET

Court in UAE says wife, child beating OK if no marks are left

A court in the United Arab Emirates says a man is permitted under Islamic law to physically discipline his wife and children as long as he leaves no marks and has tried other methods of punishment, the country's top court ruled.

The ruling came in the case of a man who slapped his wife and slapped and kicked his 23-year-old daughter, the document said.

The daughter had bruises on her right hand and right knee and the wife had injuries to her lower lip and teeth, the ruling said.

The court ruled that a man has the right to punish his wife and children.

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Belief • Courts • Islam • Quran

October 19th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Dozens of choirs sing hymn as one

Editor's Note: CNN iReport invited choirs to sing "The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power" and combined them to create one powerful voice.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church • Culture & Science • Music

October 19th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

Opinion: Saving souls and the planet go together

Editor's note: His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians, is 270th successor of St. Andrew the apostle who founded the 2,000-year-old church of Constantinople. His work for environmental protection has earned him the title "Green Patriarch." He was named by Time magazine as one of the world's most influential people and has been honored with the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal. The author of "Encountering the Mystery" and "In the World, Yet Not of the World," he is being honored October 19 by the interfaith organization The Temple of Understanding.

By Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Special to CNN

Last October, the Ecumenical Patriarchate convened an international, interdisciplinary and interfaith symposium in New Orleans on the Mississippi River, the eighth in a series of high-level conferences exploring the impact of our lifestyle and consumption on our planet's major bodies of water.

Similar symposia have met in the Aegean and Black Seas, in the Adriatic and Baltic Seas, along the Danube and Amazon Rivers, and on the Arctic.

At first glance, it may appear strange for a religious institution concerned with "sacred" values to be so profoundly involved in "worldly" issues. After all, what does preserving the planet have to do with saving the soul?

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Coptic • Environment • Greek Orthodox Church • Opinion

October 19th, 2010
10:10 AM ET

Opinion: What Insha'Allah means to our world

Editor's note: Leah Ward Sears was the youngest person and first woman to be appointed as the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, and she is the first African-American woman to be a chief justice of a state's highest court. She retired from the court last year after 17 years and became a partner at the Atlanta office of Schiff Hardin LLP, where she heads the national appellate practice team. She also is on the board of directors of the Institute for American Values.

By Leah Ward Sears, Special to CNN

Ninety-eight new e-mails? I always check my inbox at least once a day when I'm away from the office, and it's usually teeming with new entries. But this was ridiculous. Something was up.

Looking back, I was grateful to be halfway across the world from my Atlanta home in Muscat, the capital of the tiny country of Oman, when those e-mails came in. It gave me some time to digest the news that I was among the finalists to replace Justice John Paul Stevens, a man whose distinguished service on the U.S. Supreme Court began when I was in college contemplating a career in law.

I had been nervous when I first arrived in Oman, given that a sultan rules this Arab country where few women hold positions of power. But my audiences couldn't have been more attentive or gracious. I was there as a retired American judge, giving a series of lectures to students and dignitaries about values inherent in our way of life. I was discussing core values that many of us take for granted and that many of us have worked ceaselessly to achieve - justice, the rule of law, individual freedom, equal rights; values that we are extremely lucky to have in this country.

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Georgia • Islam • Opinion • United States

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