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Christian conservative voters turn out big on election night
November 3rd, 2010
03:56 PM ET

Christian conservative voters turn out big on election night

From CNN's Eric Marrapodi:

Ralph Reed and his Freedom and Faith Coalition did their best to sway the electorate Tuesday night. Between phone calls, mailings, and knocking on doors, Reed estimated his pro-family, pro-free market group had 58.8 million voter contacts aimed at the conservative faith community.

He described that group as "frequently mass-attending Catholics and evangelicals."

The coalition says it built a list of 7.7 million households before the midterms who fit that mold.

Reed said, "What we were trying to do was ensure those people turned out in the largest number possible and we think that effort was successful."

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Culture wars • Evangelical • Politics • Tea Party

November 3rd, 2010
03:08 PM ET

Oklahomans vote against Sharia law

Editor's Note: Here's an update to a story we brought you earlier. You can see our earlier report on this from CNN's Laurie Urie here.  CNN's Marshall Arbitman files this report over at the CNN Political Ticker.

Looks like Oklahomans will not, repeat not, be subject to Sharia law anytime in the near future. Local media in the state, tonight, is reporting that ballot initiative SQ755, which bars state courts from using Islamic or international law, is on the path to approval– Yes votes outweighing Nos by more than two-to-one, with about 40-percent of the precincts in.

The outcome was never in doubt, but the measure's necessity was, and is. Constitutional scholars point out that Sharia law is religious law, and the first words of the First Amendment say, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion."

Still, the fact that it got on the ballot in the first place says a lot about what's on voters' minds.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Church and state • Courts • Faith Now • Oklahoma • Politics • United States

November 3rd, 2010
11:38 AM ET

Catholics to learn new wording for Mass

Roman Catholics are being taught new wording for many familiar prayers.

Roman Catholics will have to learn new wording for some of their most familiar prayers.

The Vatican is rolling out a new translation of the Roman Missal, the text around which the Mass and its prayers are built.

It's the first major revision since Pope Paul VI issued the original Missale Romanum in Latin in 1970.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Faith Now • Mass

All Christians 'targets,' Iraqi militant group says
November 3rd, 2010
10:34 AM ET

All Christians 'targets,' Iraqi militant group says

All Christians in the Middle East are now "legitimate targets," al Qaeda in Iraq announced Wednesday, as the group's deadline for Egypt's Coptic church to release alleged Muslim female prisoners expired.

An audio message released Monday gave the church 48 hours to disclose the status of Muslim women it said are imprisoned in Coptic churches in Egypt.

The message purportedly came from the Islamic State of Iraq, which claimed responsibility for an attack on a Baghdad church Sunday that killed 58 people and wounded 75. The umbrella group includes a number of Sunni extremist organizations and has ties to al Qaeda in Iraq.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Faith Now • Iraq • Middle East • Violence

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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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