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November 29th, 2010
04:27 PM ET

Judge issues permanent injunction on Oklahoma Sharia law ban

Editor's Note: CNN Supreme Court Producer Bill Mears brings us this report from Washington.

A federal judge in Oklahoma has issued an order putting on hold the certification of a ballot measure that forbids state courts from considering or using international laws, as well as Sharia, or Islamic law.

That permanent injunction will allow the judge more time to consider the constitutional issues raised by State Question 755, which was approved by voters earlier this month.

Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange had earlier issued a temporary restraining order in favor of the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which had sued to nullify the law completely.

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

U.S. bishops urge end to Iraqi religious persecution
November 29th, 2010
04:06 PM ET

U.S. bishops urge end to Iraqi religious persecution

Editor's Note: The CNN Wires team brings us this report from Washington.

Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops endorsed a congressional resolution Monday condemning attacks on religious minorities in Iraq and urging both Iraqi and U.S. government officials to do more to protect religious groups considered to be at risk there. The resolution was introduced shortly before Thanksgiving by a bipartisan group of seven members of Congress.

We welcome "this bipartisan resolution as a way to focus attention on the situation of the vulnerable religious communities in Iraq," the bishops said in a letter to the congressional group.

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Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Church • Foreign policy • Iraq • Politics • United States

November 29th, 2010
12:11 PM ET

Poll: Majority support gays serving openly in military

Editor's Note: CNN's Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser files this report on the CNN Political Ticker.

A national poll released Monday indicates that a majority of Americans say they favor allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces.

The Pew survey's release comes one day before the Pentagon is expected to release a report on how military personnel feel about the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans openly gay troops for serving in the armed forces.

According to the Pew survey, seven in 10 Democrats and more than six in 10 independent voters favor allowing gays to serve openly in the military with Republicans divided on the issue. By a 48 to 34 percent margin, white evangelical Protestants questioned say they oppose allowing gays from serving openly, while majorities or pluralities of other religious groups surveyed favor allowing gays to serve.

Read the full story on CNN's Political Ticker

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Evangelical • Faith Now • Homosexuality • Military

Wide out blames God for dropped ball
November 29th, 2010
11:22 AM ET

Wide out blames God for dropped ball

By CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor Eric Marrapodi

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson dropped a game-winning touchdown in the end zone Sunday in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Anyone who has ever tossed the pigskin around in the back yard dreams of that scenario - minus the drop, of course.

Johnson did not even have to work for the ball. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's pass was text-book perfect, landing squarely in Johnson's hands.

After the game, Johnson's twitter account filed this faithy tweet:

@StevieJohnson13

I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO...

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Faith Now • New York • Sports • 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 and Eric Marrapodi with daily contributions from CNN's worldwide newsgathering team.

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