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Your Take: Does the Bible condemn homosexuality?
March 4th, 2011
04:52 PM ET

Your Take: Does the Bible condemn homosexuality?

There were thousands of comments on Thursday's Belief Blog post arguing that the Bible condemns homosexuality, a response to another guest post arguing that the Bible is much more ambiguous on homosexuality than previously thought.

Most of the comments appear to doubt the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality - or challenge the wisdom looking to the Bible for guidance on such matters. And, as usual, we're struck by all the atheist comments. They seem to far outnumber believers' comments.

Josei
Interesting that gay is a sin. However, I never see the "correct" religious people fighting to save families and male-female marriages. Are you out there condemning those "straight" couples who cheat, beat and abuse one another, then flee a marriage? No, you don't. But, yet I see you "correct" religious people fighting to keep gay couples from being married in even a civil union when straight marriages are trashed every day.

Neutralizer
Why does my son have to learn at school that being gay is cool and OK? Tell you what, no praying in school and no brainwashing our kids that being gay or transgender is acceptable?

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Filed under: Bible • Homosexuality • Opinion

March 4th, 2011
10:48 AM ET

Texas pastor found dead, ministry assistant injured, church members say

Read more about this story from CNN affiliate WFAA.

(CNN) - An employee was found dead and another seriously injured inside a church in north Arlington, Texas, police said early Friday.

Authorities have not officially identified the victims. The Arlington Police Department said it will need to consult with the medical examiner's office before doing so.

However, church members who gathered outside NorthPointe Baptist Church after the discovery Thursday afternoon said the 29-year-old pastor of the church had been killed and his 67-year-old ministry assistant wounded, CNN affiliate WFAA reported.

Read the full story here about the pastor found dead in Texas.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Death • Faith Now • United States

France's burqa ban in effect next month
A survey in 2010 found that more than four out of five French people backed a ban on wearing the burqa in public places.
March 4th, 2011
10:45 AM ET

France's burqa ban in effect next month

Paris (CNN) – France's law banning the burqa and other Islamic face coverings in public places will go into effect on April 11, the prime minister's office said.

"The French Republic lives in a bare-headed fashion," French Prime Minister Francois Fillon said this week in an official government newspaper explaining the law.

The law imposes a fine of 150 euros ($190). The person breaking the law can be asked to carry out public service duty as part of the punishment or as an alternative to the fine.

The law, which was enacted in October, set down a six-month period to inform people of the penalty before it went into effect.

Penalties for forcing a person to wear a burqa are part of the law, and they became effective immediately in October.

Forcing a woman to wear a niqab or a burqa is punishable by a year in prison and a 30,000 euro fine. Forcing a minor to do the same thing is punishable by two years in prison and 60,000 euro.

Read the full story here about France's burqa ban.

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Filed under: Belief • Culture wars • Europe • Faith Now • France • Islam

March 4th, 2011
10:42 AM ET

BYU stands by call to dismiss star athlete for 'honor code' violation

By the CNN Wire Staff

Brigham Young University officials on Thursday stood by the decision to dismiss a standout player on the Cougars' highly ranked men's basketball team, saying they are treating Brandon Davies just like they would any other student.

The school's athletic department announced Tuesday that Davies - a starting forward from Provo would no longer be part of the team this season. The university came into the week ranked third in the nation in the Associated Press Top 25 and Coaches polls.

Officials did not specify why, exactly, Davies was being suspended during a press conference Thursday.

But the Salt Lake Tribune, citing "multiple sources," said that the sophomore violated the honor code provision prohibiting premarital sex among students.

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Filed under: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Faith Now • Mormonism • Sex • United States • Utah

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