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Your take: Comments on Bachmann's evangelical feminism
June 29th, 2011
05:55 PM ET

Your take: Comments on Bachmann's evangelical feminism

By Liane Membis, CNN

(CNN) – The question of whether or not Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann can be considered an evangelical feminist attracted nearly 3,400 comments. However, the first female presidential candidate for 2012 and Minnesota congresswoman begs to differ.

Bachmann told The Daily Beast in an interview that she’s definitely not a feminist but an "empowered American."

Readers shared their views, some said that they believe “evangelical feminism” is a contradiction:

Logic
How can an evangelical be a feminist? Timothy 2:12 states that women aren't even supposed to talk. Much less be in any sort of leadership role.

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- Liane Membis

Filed under: Bachmann • Evangelical • Faith Now • Politics • Tea Party

FBI, Westboro Baptist Church members participate in training sessions
Westboro Baptist Church, known for controversial protesting, demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court in March.
June 29th, 2011
04:07 PM ET

FBI, Westboro Baptist Church members participate in training sessions

By Jeanne Meserve, CNN Homeland Security Correspondent

Washington (CNN) – A law enforcement official confirms members of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its controversial practice of picketing military funerals, participated in training for law enforcement officials at Quantico Marine Base in Virginia.

The sessions were discontinued this spring after Tom Browne, assistant director for the FBI, voiced strong opposition to bringing the group to a military facility.

Members of Westboro were "respectful" when they were on the base and did not cause any disruption, according to the official. He adds, "It wasn't the purpose to give them another outlet to vent their views. It was more academic."

The story about staff training sessions between the FBI and Westboro Baptist Church members was first reported by NPR News on Wednesday.

Read the full here about the FBI and Westboro Baptist Church training together
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Faith Now • United States • Virginia • Westboro Bapitst Church

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remind its leadership to steer clear of politics
June 29th, 2011
03:39 PM ET

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints remind its leadership to steer clear of politics

By Padmananda Rama, CNN

(CNN)– The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is reminding its leaders to stay away from endorsing political candidates or offering political statements.

In a letter dated June 16. LDS President Thomas S. Monson provided LDS members with "further clarification of the church's position on political neutrality."

The letter comes at the early stages of the 2012 presidential campaign in which two Republican contenders - former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman - both have strong affiliations with the Mormon church.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Faith Now • Jon Huntsman • Mitt Romney • Mormonism • Politics • United States • Utah

Jesus or Ayn Rand - can conservatives claim both?
Author Ayn Rand stands in New York City in this 1957 photo. Her criticism of religion outraged some, but her books remain popular.
June 29th, 2011
10:22 AM ET

Jesus or Ayn Rand - can conservatives claim both?

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN)– Can a person follow Ayn Rand and Jesus?

That’s the question posed by a provocative media campaign that claims that some prominent conservative leaders cannot serve two masters: Jesus and the controversial author of  "Atlas Shrugged," Ayn Rand.

The American Values Network, a group of political activists and pastors, sparked a debate when it recently released a video challenging some conservative and Republican leaders’ professed admiration for Rand,  an atheist who saw selfishness as a virtue and celebrated unfettered capitalism.

Eric Sapp,  AVN’s executive director, said the Republican Party cannot portray itself as a defender of Christian values and then defend the worldview of "the patron saint of selfishness" who scorned religion and compassion.

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- CNN Writer

Filed under: Ads • Belief • Books • Business • Christianity • Culture wars • Economy • Ethics • Evangelical • Politics

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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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