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June 6th, 2011
04:07 PM ET

Following court ruling, Texas student prays at graduation

(CNN) - With the backing of a federal appeals court, a Texas student prayed from the podium of her high school graduation on Saturday.

"Whether you would like to join me or not, feel free to do as you see best," Angela Hildenbrand said shortly before she prayed at the Medina Valley High School graduation in Castroville, according to CNN San Antonio affiliate KSAT.

“God, I thank you for the support of the entire community through this case hearing," she said.

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Filed under: Church and state • Schools • Texas

Santorum could siphon off religious conservative support from GOP field
Rick Santorum announces his candidacy for president in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, on Monday.
June 6th, 2011
01:16 PM ET

Santorum could siphon off religious conservative support from GOP field

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) –  Rick Santorum appears to face long odds in the race for the White House, but he threatens to siphon off religious conservative support from better known GOP candidates like Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty during the primary season.

Santorum, a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, officially launched his presidential campaign on Monday.

Influential conservative Christian activists mention Santorum, businessman Herman Cain and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann – who hasn’t yet declared her candidacy - as Republican White House contenders who could attract major evangelical support, even if they’re long shots for the GOP nomination, let alone the White House.

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“I don’t see a candidate that has Huckabee’s skill in being able to communicate with evangelical language and style,” says Gary Marx, executive director of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, which focuses on issues important to religious conservatives.

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Filed under: Politics • United States

Your Take: Comments on misquoting the Bible
June 6th, 2011
11:37 AM ET

Your Take: Comments on misquoting the Bible

Our Sunday post about oft-quoted biblical lines that don't actually appear in the Bible struck a chord, with 5,000 comments so far.

Lots of atheists and critics of religion used the piece to ridicule believers, taking several different lines of attack. Here are a two:

Amanda
Because most people would prefer to be ignorant rather than think for themselves. That is what the whole of organized religion is based on, especially Christianity and Catholicism. Organized religion has never done anything good for humanity in history.

Atheism is Great!
Actually, the bible is nothing more than a collection of stories and moralities written by human beings thousands of years ago who's max age was maybe 30, who thought the Earth was flat, and who did not have access to scientific or medical science/information. It's not from "god" people, god doesn't exist either. Whatever helps you get through your life I guess. I personally don't need that crutch. Have a nice day.

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Filed under: Bible • Comments

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