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Despite criticisms on Middle East, Obama commands strong Jewish backing
July 5th, 2011
04:09 PM ET

Despite criticisms on Middle East, Obama commands strong Jewish backing

By Joe Sterling, CNN

President Barack Obama maintains a "solid majority" of Jewish-American support despite a recent outcry among some in the community over his position on Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday.

"Jewish Americans gave President Barack Obama a 60% job approval rating in June, down from 68% in May, but statistically unchanged from 64% in April,” according to an analysis of monthly polling figures. “Thirty-two percent of U.S. Jews now disapprove of the job Obama is doing, similar to their 30% average thus far in 2011."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Barack Obama • Judaism • Politics • Polls

July 5th, 2011
03:13 PM ET

Hoard of treasure uncovered in Indian temple

By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN

New Delhi (CNN) - Jet-setting spiritual gurus. Gilded temples. Sprawling ashrams. Tons of offerings.

India's religious wealth belies the nation's dire poverty.

An inventory under way of a hoard of jewels, gold, diamonds, gems, antique idols stashed for hundreds of years in a centuries-old Hindu shrine in southern India is generating comparisons with the economic costs of the country's mega programs and foreign investment plans running into billions of dollars.

Under orders of India's Supreme Court, officials since last week have been auditing precious royal offerings kept in underground vaults of the famed Sree Padmnabha Swamy temple in the coastal state of Kerala.

Read the full story about the new focus on India's religious wealth
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Asia • Hinduism • India • Money & Faith

Evangelist produces ‘Real Housewives of the Bible’ DVD
July 5th, 2011
10:16 AM ET

Evangelist produces ‘Real Housewives of the Bible’ DVD

By Liane Membis, CNN

There’s a new set of housewives on the block.

These women aren’t whining about fashion faux pas and socialite misgivings. Their stories are cast somewhere between the books of Genesis and Revelation.

Ty Adams, a web-based evangelist and author, is producing “The Real Housewives of the Bible,” a two-part DVD series that tracks six women dealing with the ups and downs of marriage as they strive to be good wives.

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- Liane Membis

Filed under: Bible • Culture & Science • Entertainment • Evangelical

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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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