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'Ramadan effect' may be aiding Libyan rebels' cause
Libyan rebels manage a checkpoint at the entrance of the residential area of al-Brega on August 15.
August 22nd, 2011
11:29 PM ET

'Ramadan effect' may be aiding Libyan rebels' cause

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Ramadan might not seem like the ideal time to attempt a government overthrow.

The Islamic holy month, which began earlier this month and is now entering its final week, is best known for its all-day fasts, which would sap the energy of the most ardent rebels.

In Libya, where rebel fighters entered the capital over the weekend, appearing to usher in what some say are the last days of Moammar Gadhafi's regime, Ramadan is coinciding with some of the summer’s hottest days: hardly ideal weather for staging street fights against a deeply entrenched regime.

And Ramadan, with its calls for Muslims to show compassion and to step back from worldly affairs for a month of purification, might not seem conducive to calls for regime toppling.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam • Libya • Ramadan

Your Take: Comments on the Christian crusade against porn
Does it make sense to integrate religion and therapy? Is sexual sin necessarily an addiction?
August 22nd, 2011
03:09 PM ET

Your Take: Comments on the Christian crusade against porn

By Ashley Fantz, CNN

More than 3,000 readers posted comments on our Sunday story about Christian leaders’ assertion that porn is a serious problem facing the church. The story explores a new kind of psychotherapy that uses the Bible to treat porn and sex addiction.

Of course, the vast majority of comments consisted of readers’ insulting each other and making juvenile jokes about sex.

However, several comments questioned the photo illustration of a man reading a Playboy tucked inside a Bible. Many asked if CNN would have used another holy book, such as the Quran, in the same way.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Pastors

Relics from Pakistan's multicultural past
August 22nd, 2011
10:36 AM ET

Museum exhibit highlights Pakistan's Buddhist roots

By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN

(CNN) - A statue resembling the goddess Athena and jewelry bearing images from Greco-Roman mythology may not be objects you'd expect to see in a museum exhibit of Buddhist art from Pakistan.

Their presence among carvings of Buddha and Indian deities is meant to serve as a reminder of Pakistan's oft-forgotten multicultural roots, which form the basis of a new exhibit, "The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara."

The show, which runs until October 30 at New York's Asia Society, is the first to bring works of Gandharan art to the United States since 1960. The pieces, on loan from museums in Karachi and Lahore, highlight Pakistan's history as a crossroads of cultural influences, despite present-day associations of the country as an incubator of religious extremism, museum director Melissa Chiu said.

Read the full story on the exhibit showcasing Pakistan's Buddhist art
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Art • Buddhism • Pakistan

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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 with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.

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