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January 31st, 2011
03:22 PM ET

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood: A force to be feared?

The scenes in Egypt have been dramatic, as thousands turn out onto the streets demanding that President Hosni Mubarak resign after 30 years in power.

Few images have been more powerful than those of demonstrators dropping to the ground to pray in the face of security forces. And while some have been inspired by the role of religious faith in the protests, there are definite worries that the banned Muslim Brotherhood is waiting in the wings, hoping for a chance to take over.

"You don't just have a government and a movement for democracy," former British Prime Minister Tony Blair cautioned on Monday. "You also have others, notably the Muslim Brotherhood, who would take this in a different direction. We need to be anxious to meet the aspirations of the people, but do it in a way that produces something better."

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Egypt • Islam • Muslim

Egypt's Mubarak opens door to talks with rival political parties
January 31st, 2011
02:37 PM ET

Egypt's Mubarak opens door to talks with rival political parties

After 30 years of mostly unchallenged rule, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak opened the door Sunday to talks with rival political parties while calling out those who, he claimed, used religion to "spread fear" through rampant hooliganism.

He called on new government leaders to "stop all the violence by whoever commits it," while appearing to criticize the Muslim Brotherhood, the country's largest opposition party.

"The citizens and the young people of Egypt have gone out to the streets in peaceful demonstration asking for their right for the freedom of speech," Mubarak said. "However, their demonstrations have been infiltrated by a group of people who use the name of religion who don't take into consideration the constitution rights and citizenship values."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Egypt

January 30th, 2011
06:36 PM ET

Man charged with making terrorist threats in connection with mosque

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

A man arrested by Dearborn, Michigan, police and charged with possessing explosives in connection with making terrorist threats was targeting one of America's largest mosques, according to officials at the Muslim house of worship.

A 63-year-old California man was arraigned Wednesday and charged with one count of false report or threat of terrorism and one count of explosives - possession of bombs with unlawful intent - the Dearborn Police Department said in a press release Sunday.

Roger Stockham was in possession of Class C fireworks, according to Dearborn Police Officer Brandon Nichols.

The felony charges carry maximum sentences of 20 years and 15 years respectively, Nichols said. Stockham is being held on $500,000 bond with a requirement of a GPS tether if bond is posted, according to the police department's release.

Dearborn police informed the Islamic Center of America on Tuesday that they had arrested an individual with "a large quantity of fireworks in his car" in the mosque's parking lot a day earlier, a Sunday press release from the mosque said.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Houses of worship • Islam • Michigan • Mosque

January 30th, 2011
04:11 PM ET

Churches prepare for 'Porn Sunday'

Check back on the CNN Belief Blog this week for more coverage of Porn Sunday. We'll be featuring interviews with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and porn star Ron Jeremy.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Uncategorized

January 29th, 2011
03:47 PM ET

Bishop Eddie Long breaks media silence

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Atlanta, Georgia area megachurch pastor Eddie Long gives his first media interview since four young men accused him of sexual coercion last fall to CNN affiliate WSB.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Georgia • Leaders

 Prayer during protest
January 28th, 2011
04:44 PM ET

Amid Egypt protests, prayer

Keep up with the latest developments in the Egypt protests on CNN's Just In blog.

By Emily Smith and Katie Glaeser, CNN

Amid flames and tear gas clouds, rioters in Egypt have stopped to pray, with many bowing down wherever they found themselves. Video from the region shows rows and rows of men stopping to pray together before returning to hurling stones at the Egyptian police.

Friday's massive demonstrations throughout the mostly Muslim country began after the day's afternoon prayers. FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Egypt • Islam • Politics

What is the Muslim Brotherhood?
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood movement shout slogans in Amman, Jordan on Friday after weekly prayers.
January 28th, 2011
01:16 PM ET

What is the Muslim Brotherhood?

he Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt this week urged its followers to protest after Friday prayers - the first time in the latest wave of unrest the group has made such a call.

The Muslim Brotherhood is a religious and political group founded on the belief that Islam is not simply a religion, but a way of life. It advocates a move away from secularism, and a return to the rules of the Quran as a basis for healthy families, communities, and states.

The movement officially rejects the use of violent means to secure its goals. However, offshoots of the group have been linked to attacks in the past, and critics blame the Brotherhood for sparking troubles elsewhere in the Middle East. Many consider it the forerunner of modern militant Islamism.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Egypt • Islam

How Davos found God
January 28th, 2011
09:39 AM ET

How Davos found God

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

In addition to the corporate and political bigwigs leading talks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week is one not-so-usual suspect: an evangelical minister.

"There is some real soul searching going on here," said the Rev. Jim Wallis, an American Christian activist who is moderating sessions at this year's summit. "The question is how do you embed values in the culture of companies in a way that would change behaviors?"

The World Economic Forum's organizers appear to agree.

Since the banking crisis shook global markets more than two years ago and contributed to a worldwide economic slump, the annual Davos summit has invited dozens of religious and spiritual leaders to hash out issues like business ethics and the morality of markets in the company of presidents and corporate titans.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Economy • Leaders

January 27th, 2011
04:43 PM ET

A Buddhist Chinese New Year

CNN's Eileen Hsieh reveals how a Buddhist temple in London is celebrating the Chinese New Year.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Buddhism • Europe • United Kingdom

January 27th, 2011
09:49 AM ET

U.S. missionary in Mexico fatally shot

An American missionary was fatally shot in Mexico on Wednesday, police said.

The preliminary investigation indicated that Nancy Davis, 59, and her husband were traveling on a Mexican highway near the city of San Fernando, Mexico, when they were confronted by gunmen in a black pickup, the Pharr Police Department in Texas said in a statement. San Fernando is south of the border city of Reynosa in Tamaulipas state.

"The gunmen were attempting to stop them and the victims accelerated in efforts of getting away from them," the police statement said. "At a certain point the gunmen discharged a weapon at the victim's vehicle and a bullet struck the victim Nancy Shuman Davis on the head."

Davis' husband, identified as Sam Davis by family friends, drove their truck "at high rate of speed" to the Pharr International Bridge, which crosses the Rio Grande. Nancy Davis was taken to a hospital in nearby McAllen, where she was pronounced dead about 90 minutes later.

Read the full story here about the missionary fatally shot in Mexico.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Missionaries • United States • Violence

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