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Senate panel schedules Muslim rights hearing
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin called the hearings.
March 23rd, 2011
07:58 PM ET

Senate panel schedules Muslim rights hearing

By Rachel Streitfeld, CNN

Washington (CNN) – For the second time this month, members of Congress will hold a hearing on American Muslims - this time with a decidedly different spin.

A Senate Judiciary subcommittee plans to consider “measures to protect the rights of American Muslims” in a March 29 hearing, just weeks after an unrelated House committee prompted a flurry of controversy and media attention by examining the “radicalization of American Muslims.”

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said Tuesday that he called the hearing on Muslims’ civil rights in response to “a spike in anti-Muslim bigotry” including highly-publicized protests over a proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York and a Florida pastor who planned to burn copies of the Koran.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Faith Now • Islam • Politics

PETA: Don't call animals 'it' in the Bible
PETA wants Bible translators to consider using more animal friendly terms in the Bible
March 23rd, 2011
05:35 PM ET

PETA: Don't call animals 'it' in the Bible

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

PETA, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is calling for a more animal-friendly update to the Bible.

The group is asking translators of the New International Version (NIV) to remove what it calls "speciesist" language and refer to animals as "he" or "she" instead of "it."

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Christianity • Faith Now

Syrian president fires Daraa governor after violence at mosque
A Syrian man looks at a damaged Automated Teller Machine in Daraa on Monday following a crackdown on protests.
March 23rd, 2011
01:26 PM ET

Syrian president fires Daraa governor after violence at mosque

The head of Syria's Daraa governate was removed from his position Wednesday as violence flared in the city of Daraa, Syrian state television reported.

Earlier Wednesday, Syrian security forces opened fire into a crowd of demonstrators in front of a mosque in Daraa, witnesses said.

Reports from human rights and advocacy groups said up to six people were killed and a number of others wounded in the incident.

An eyewitness who did not want his named used out of concern for his safety said security forces shot into the crowd in front of the Al Omari mosque before daybreak. He also said he heard an explosion.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Syria

March 23rd, 2011
10:56 AM ET

Organized religion 'will be driven toward extinction' in 9 countries, experts predict

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

Organized religion will all but vanish eventually from nine Western-style democracies, a team of mathematicians predict in a new paper based on census data stretching back 100 years.

It won't die out completely, but "religion will be driven toward extinction" in countries including Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, they say.

It will also wither away in Austria, the Czech Republic, Finland and Switzerland, they anticipate.

They can't make a prediction about the United States because the U.S. census doesn't ask about religion, lead author Daniel Abrams told CNN.

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Atheism • Austria • Faith Now • Ireland

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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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