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Alabama governor touches off controversy with Christian comments
January 18th, 2011
05:25 PM ET

Alabama governor touches off controversy with Christian comments

Alabama Republican Gov. Robert Bentley is kicking off his first term in office with a bit of controversy, telling a church audience Monday that he only considers Christians to be his "brothers and sisters."

"Now I will have to say that, if we don't have the same daddy, we're not brothers and sisters," he told parishioners at a Baptist church in Montgomery Monday shortly after being sworn in. "So anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I'm telling you, you're not my brother and you're not my sister, and I want to be your brother."

"There may be some people here today who do not have living within them the Holy Spirit," Bentley also said, according to the Birmingham News. "But if you have been adopted in God's family like I have, and like you have if you're a Christian and if you're saved, and the Holy Spirit lives within you just like the Holy Spirit lives within me, then you know what that makes? It makes you and me brothers. And it makes you and me brother and sister."

Read the full story here from CNN's Political Ticker.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Politics • United States

High Court rejects pastor's ballot initiative to overturn same-sex marriage
January 18th, 2011
02:02 PM ET

High Court rejects pastor's ballot initiative to overturn same-sex marriage

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

The United States Supreme Court denied an appeal Tuesday from Bishop Harry Jackson to hold a ballot initiative in the District of Columbia that would, if approved, have overturned the District's same-sex marriage policy.

In May 2009, the city council approved a measure that amended the city's marriage act and said the city would recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions.

Jackson and other religious leaders challenged the city on the measure saying the matter should be put to District voters in a ballot initiative. There initiative wanted to amend the law to say, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid in the District of Columbia." If that initiative had passed it would have effectively overturned the city's legal recognition of gay marriage.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Courts • DC • Gay marriage • Pastors • United States

Israel arrests suspect in Srebrenica massacre
A woman prays during a mass burial for 775 newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre on July 11, 2010.
January 18th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Israel arrests suspect in Srebrenica massacre

Israeli police arrested Tuesday an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia who is suspected of participating in the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.

Aleksander Cvetkovic immigrated to Israel with his wife, who is Jewish, and children in 2006 and received Israeli citizenship, said a statement from the Israeli Justice Ministry.

The Israeli state prosecutor's office received an extradition request for him last August from the Bosnian government. The decision to open an extradition process came after months of examining evidence.

That evidence exposes shocking details of the massacre of Muslims at Braniewo farm, the ministry said.

Read the full story here about the arrest in the Srebrenica massacre.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Courts • Death • Islam • Israel • Muslim • Violence

Motocross tragedy leads to stronger faith, clothing line
Lauren Lusk lost her husband to a motorcross accident. She launched a faith based clothing line in his memory.
January 18th, 2011
10:32 AM ET

Motocross tragedy leads to stronger faith, clothing line

By Gabe LaMonica, CNN

Tragedy tends to either destroy or strengthen the faith of those left in its wake. When Lauren Lusk’s husband Jeremy died in a motocross accident after a crash landing attempting a “heart attack Indian air back flip” at a competition in Costa Rica, the motocross world lost a burgeoning legend. But Lauren Lusk says her faith was strengthened.

Motocross is inherently dangerous. Performing a back flip had at one time been seen as an impossible move; the holy grail of freestyle motocross. Bob Kohl, the first to perform the trick in 1993, continued to do so until he was left with serious injuries from it in 1995. But by then athletes had begun to realize it was physically possible.

It is the norm in extreme sports like American freestyle motocross to push the limits of physical possibilities. Neither Lusk was a stranger to that fact, but when athletes are injured or killed performing such unnatural feats, the result can still be devastating.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Americas • Bible • Christianity • Sports

January 18th, 2011
07:58 AM ET

Christian B&B owners discriminated against gays, UK court finds

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

A Christian couple who refused a room in their bed and  breakfast to a gay couple broke British equality law, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Peter and Hazel Bull who run a bed and breakfast in Cornwall in western  England denied being anti-gay, saying they refuse double rooms to any unmarried  couple.

"The Bulls made it clear that they did not hold any hostility towards  homosexuals and applied their policy of 'only giving double rooms to married  couples' equally to both homosexual and heterosexual guests alike," the  Christian Legal Centre said in their defense.

But Judge Andrew Rutherford ruled the Bulls had discriminated against  Martyn Hall and Steve Preddy on the ground of sexual orientation and awarded  them 1,800 pounds (about $2,900) each, according to Britain's Equality and  Human Rights Commission, which supported the gay couple.

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Faith • Homosexuality • United Kingdom

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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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