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August 24th, 2011
05:46 PM ET

Glenn Beck hosts pro-Israel rally in Jerusalem

American conservative star Glenn Beck hosted a pro-Israel rally with overt Christian overtones in Jerusalem on Wednesday, calling on people around the world to stand with the Jewish state at time when it is facing mounting criticism.

"In Israel, there is more courage in one small square mile than in whole of Europe," Beck said in a politically charged speech at the event. "In Israel, there is more courage in one soldier than in the cold heart of every bureaucrat at the U.N."

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Filed under: Christianity • Israel • Middle East

Less-educated Americans are losing religion, study finds
The decline in church attendance among whites without college degrees is twice as high as for those with college degrees.
August 24th, 2011
03:17 PM ET

Less-educated Americans are losing religion, study finds

By Liane Membis, CNN

(CNN) - If you don't have a college degree, you’re less likely to be up early on Sunday morning, singing church hymns.

That's the upshot of a new study that finds the decline in church attendance since the 1970s among white Americans without college degrees is twice as high as for those with college degrees.

Study: More educated tend to be more religious

“Our study suggests that the less-educated are dropping out of the American religious sector, similarly to the way in which they have dropped out of the American labor market,” said W. Bradford Wilcox, a professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, who was lead researcher on the project.

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Filed under: Church • Polls

August 24th, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Jay Bakker: 'I thought God hated me'

Jay Bakker, son of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, is a pastor who preaches inclusiveness at his church.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church

August 24th, 2011
10:38 AM ET

Letterman jokes about jihadist website death threat

By Ed Payne, CNN

(CNN) – Never one to miss a joke, even when it involves a threat on his life, David Letterman came armed with punchlines for Monday night's show, the first since a jihadist website urged its American followers to kill the comedian.

"Tonight, you people are ... more than an audience," Letterman said, as he opened his monologue. "You're more like a human shield."

"Backstage, I was talking to the guy from CBS, we were going through the CBS life insurance policy to see if I was covered for jihad," Letterman deadpanned.

Sticking with the theme, the comedian unveiled a "Who hates Dave" list, which starts with al Qaeda and Sarah Palin but also includes Canadians, Dave's clergyman, cats, squirrels and walruses.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Muslim • Violence

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