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November 9th, 2010
03:59 PM ET

Humanists launch huge 'godless' ad campaign

The new humanist campaign cites holy books

The Bible and the Quran contain "horrific material, and to say  you get your morality from there" is a problem, the head of the American Humanist Association said Tuesday as the group launches what it calls the  largest, most extensive advertising campaign ever by a godless organization.

The group is putting ads in newspapers across the country - and  advertising on NBC - in the $200,000 campaign, AHA head Roy Speckhardt told  CNN.

The point, he said, it to "challenge the fundamentalists" who "spout  their backward ideas," he said.

The target audience is people who may not realize they are humanists,  Speckhardt explained.

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Ads • Atheism • Faith Now • United States

Faith groups divided over New York Islamic Center
November 9th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Faith groups divided over New York Islamic Center

Editor's Note: CNN's Ed Payne brings us this report.

American Christians, Muslims and those of other faiths are divided over what to do about a proposed Islamic community center near ground zero in New York, a new poll shows.

While some six in 10 Catholics and Mormons think another location should be found, less than a third of Muslims, other non-Christians and non-religious Americans feel the same way, according to the Gallup survey.  Jewish Americans, Protestants and other Christians fell more in the middle.

No majority exists in any of the groups for building the center on the proposed location.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • 9/11 • Church and state • Faith Now • Houses of worship • Interfaith issues • Mosque • New York • Polls • United States

November 9th, 2010
08:38 AM ET

A portrait of a modern Muslim woman in Indonesia

Editor's Note: This story comes to us from CNN White House Producer Xuan Thai and CNN White House Correspondent Susan Malveaux from Jakarta, Indonesia.

Meet Alia Wahid, a modern woman who also happens to be a devout Muslim. Suzanne Malveaux talks to this woman and discovers how Alia is able to balance life and religion in the world's most populous Muslim country.

President Obama is in Indonesia Tuesday. You can read more about his trip at the new CNN White House Blog The 1600 Report.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Barack Obama • Faith Now • Islam • Muslim • Politics • Women's issues

November 9th, 2010
08:31 AM ET

My Take: Obama's Pilgrimage into Hinduism and Islam

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

President Obama’s visit to Asia has been covered largely as a political and economic tour, but it is hard to avoid the religion angle of the story, which is taking the president from the country with the most Christians (the United States) to the country with the most Hindus (India) to the country with the most Muslims (Indonesia). The world's three largest religions, in other words, in a span of ten days.

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- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Asia • Barack Obama • Hinduism • India • Islam • Opinion • Politics

November 9th, 2010
08:23 AM ET

My Take: Let’s aim for respect in post-election America

Editor's Note: The Rev. Rebecca Voelkel is the Faith Work Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

By Rev. Rebecca Voelkel , Special to CNN

Two simultaneous and seemingly competing responses are evoked from this election cycle: deep disappointment and clarity about the desperate need for respect.

The disappointment is not a partisan streak, but rather springs from the reality that an electoral winner this week was the radical religious right. While much of the credit was given to the Tea Party movement, the reality is that the political victory went to those whose stated goal is the creation of a “Christian Nation.”

As a Christian pastor, I am clear that this goal is dangerous — to the heart of Christianity, to this nation and to anyone who doesn’t fit the mold of the “right kind” of citizen.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Culture wars • Homosexuality • Opinion • Politics • United States

Call for more church sign iReports
November 9th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Call for more church sign iReports

Editor's Note: This church sign photo comes to us courtesy of Aleisha Benefield.  She snapped it in Rainbow City, Alabama.  You may know John Tesh as the former host of Entertainment Tonight or as a musician.  These days he is also hosting "The John Tesh Radio Show: Music and Intelligence for Your Life."

Remember: we're looking for your pictures of church/temple/mosque signs.

If you've got a good one, post it as a CNN iReport and we'll feature the best ones on the Belief Blog.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Church signs • Faith Now

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