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Comedian-actor Zach Galifianakis talks about faith
November 10th, 2010
05:07 PM ET

Comedian-actor Zach Galifianakis talks about faith

Actor and comedian, Zach Galifianakis, is a funny guy. But he also has a serious spiritual side, a Christian magazine points out in a recent profile.

Galifianakis is the plump, bearded comedian who gained national attention for his oddball character in the comedy film, “The Hangover.” His latest film, “Due Date,” opened last week.

But Galifianakis is also an accomplished pianist, the owner of a farm in North Carolina, and a fan of Eckhart Tolle, author of “The Power of Now,” Jessica Misener of Relevant magazine notes.

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- CNN Writer

Filed under: Art • Belief • Bible • Celebrity • Christianity

For the rapper, a new life, a new message
November 10th, 2010
03:48 PM ET

For the rapper, a new life, a new message

Lecrae Moore moved around a lot as a child. He was constantly the new kid in school. It’s often a struggle to fit in when you always have to make new friends but Lecrae had a gift. He could rap.

Street battles were no problem. Breaking into some freestyle for his classmates was a piece of cake. But walking a straight line was difficult.

Moore had a tough childhood. He grew up without a father. His male role models were rap artists like Tupac.

“My world view at that point in time was what I saw on television,” he said recently on a visit to CNN Center. “I just [rapped] about what I esteemed to be, what I wanted to be like. Most of that was gangsterism, false sense of masculinity, money, women.”

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

Obama lauds Indonesia as a model of religious tolerance
November 10th, 2010
08:29 AM ET

Obama lauds Indonesia as a model of religious tolerance

Indonesia and the United States share principles of unity and tolerance and both can benefit from strengthened ties that will bolster trade and combat terrorism, President Obama said in a highly anticipated speech Wednesday.

As the nation with the largest Muslim population in the world, Indonesia was chosen as the site for Obama to further address U.S. relations with the Islamic world following his speech on the topic last year in Cairo, Egypt.

I said then, and I will repeat now, that no single speech can eradicate years of mistrust," Obama said. At the same time, he promised that "no matter what setbacks may come, the United States is committed to human progress."

America "is not, and never will be, at war with Islam," Obama insisted. "Instead, all of us must defeat al Qaeda and its affiliates, who have no claim to be leaders of any religion - certainly not a great world religion like Islam."

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Barack Obama • Foreign policy • Indonesia • Islam • United States

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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 with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.

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