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November 4th, 2010
05:09 PM ET

Retired Justice Stevens defends plans for Islamic center

John Paul Stevens, shown last month with Justice Elena Kagan, is calling for religious and ethnic tolerance.

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens expressed support Thursday for a planned Islamic community center near the site of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York, urging religious and ethnic tolerance.

"American Muslims should enjoy the freedom to build their places of worship wherever permitted by local zoning laws," the retired Supreme Court jurist said at a luncheon where he was honored by the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation.

The 90-year-old said his experiences as a veteran of World War II, when the United States was fighting Japan, have given him insight over the years into the need to combat "invidious prejudice."

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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque'

November 4th, 2010
04:57 PM ET

My Take: Seeking truth and reconciliation in Cape Town

Editor's Note: Don Golden is senior vice president of World Relief in Baltimore, MD and coauthor of Jesus Wants to Save Christians.

By Don Golden, Special to CNN

The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization was held in Cape Town a few weeks ago. I was privileged to join this collaboration of 4,000 leaders from 200 countries to engage the great causes of our time. As a representative of World Relief, a venerable Evangelical aid organization, I was eager to learn the priorities of global Evangelicals at the beginning of a new millennium of ministry.

Day one was devoted to truth – “making the case for the truth of Christ in a pluralistic, globalized world”.

The job fell to Os Guinness, the Oxford heavy weight. Offering six purposes for elevating truth as our highest priority, Guinness declared that honoring God, knowing God, empowering human enterprise, providing a gospel foundation, combating repression and transformation in Christ – all depended on a high view of objective truth.

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Filed under: Africa • Christianity • Church • Evangelical • Opinion • South Africa

First Catholic seminary in half century opens in Cuba
November 4th, 2010
12:23 PM ET

First Catholic seminary in half century opens in Cuba

The Catholic Church opened its first seminary in Cuba in more than 50 years on Wednesday, with President Raul Castro in attendance.

The inauguration of the school outside of Havana was evidence of just how far relations between the communist government and the Catholic Church have come in recent years.
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Filed under: Catholic Church • Cuba • Faith Now

Some say Democrats' weakened faith outreach partly to blame for losses
November 4th, 2010
09:10 AM ET

Some say Democrats' weakened faith outreach partly to blame for losses

From CNN's Dan Gilgoff:

Among the many reasons Democrats are giving for why so many lost faith in them at the polls on Tuesday, some are blaming the party for losing faith itself - for neglecting religious outreach and messaging in the run up to Election Day.

"It's been a real challenge organizing at the level of what was done in the last couple of cycles in faith constituencies because of a smaller staff and a small overall commitment," from the Democratic Party, said Burns Strider, who was hired by the party to help with faith outreach this year.

Strider, who helped spearhead Democratic faith outreach in 2006 and 2008 - when he directed that work for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign - said the party put substantially fewer resources and effort into faith-based strategy work this year than in any election since 2004.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Faith Now • Politics • Polls

November 4th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

My Take: Why I changed from 'Faith' to 'Being'

Editor's Note:Krista Tippett created and hosts the public radio program and podcast "Krista Tippett On Being"/onBeing.org, produced by American Public Media, and is the author of Einstein's God.

By Krista Tippett, Special to CNN

Since I left print journalism to study theology two decades ago, I’ve thought a great deal about the limits and possibilities of words - especially when we try to navigate the spiritual territory of human life.

And when I started a public radio program on religion, ethics and meaning seven years ago, I was also quite aware that I was inviting people to put words around something as intimate as anything we try to talk about, and as ultimately ineffable.

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Filed under: Faith Now • Opinion • Radio

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