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September 29th, 2011
04:57 PM ET

Christians unfairly targeted at college?

(CNN)–CNN affiliate WSMV reports some Christian students at Vanderbilt University say an anti-discrimination policy is unfairly targeting them.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Faith Now

September 29th, 2011
04:45 PM ET

Murfreesboro mosque breaks ground

(CNN)– CNN affiliate WSMV reports only a few protesters showed up at the mosque ground breaking in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

The building of the mosque has faced considerable controversy.

The Murfreesboro Muslim community's story was featured this spring in CNN documentary, "Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door."

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Archbishop who eulogized John Kennedy dies
Archbishop Philip Hannan, shown here Sept. 15, 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, died Thursday.
September 29th, 2011
03:03 PM ET

Archbishop who eulogized John Kennedy dies

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) -
Retired New Orleans Archbishop Philip Hannan, who served in that role for 23 years and gave the eulogy at the funeral Mass for President John F. Kennedy, died in his sleep Thursday.

"At 98, he lived a full life dedicated to God and his church. We will miss him. We commend him to the Lord," the archdiocese said in a statement.

Hannan served the archdiocese of New Orleans from 1965 until 1988. He had become increasingly frail in recent months due to a series of strokes and other health problems, the archdiocese said.

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Filed under: Belief • Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Church • Faith Now

September 29th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

My Take: 'Hate' is too big a word to be used with such little restraint

Editor's Note: Jim Daly is president of Focus on the Family and author of Stronger: Trading Brokenness for Unbreakable Strength (David C. Cook, 2010).

By Jim Daly, Special to CNN

(CNN)– We all know the old saying about falsely yelling "fire" in a crowded theater. It's a metaphor designed to explain that while free speech is protected in our country, speaking with reckless disregard for the truth and inciting panic is, at best, irresponsibly dangerous, and, at worst, beyond the covering of the First Amendment.

The phrase has its roots in a 1919 opinion by Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, but there's a version of it growing increasingly common today: Falsely yelling "hate" in a crowded public square.

A New York Times story over the weekend chronicled how some individuals and organizations eager to see same-sex marriage legalized have stopped trying to win others to their point of view through reasoned argument and have turned, instead, to emotional epithets as their main rhetorical tool.

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Filed under: Christianity • Church • Faith Now • Gay rights • United States

U.S. condemns Iranian pastor's conviction
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani shown in an Iranian prison.
September 29th, 2011
06:58 AM ET

U.S. condemns Iranian pastor's conviction

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – The White House Thursday condemned the conviction of an Iranian pastor, who may be executed in Tehran for refusing to recant his religious beliefs and convert from Christianity to Islam.

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani "has done nothing more than maintain his devout faith, which is a universal right for people," a White House spokesman said in a statement. "That the Iranian authorities would try to force him to renounce that faith violates the religious values they claim to defend, crosses all bounds of decency and breaches Iran's own international obligations."

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent advisory group appointed by the president and Congress to monitor religious freedom around the world, Wednesday expressed "deep concern" for Nadarkhani, the head of a network of Christian house churches in Iran.

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Filed under: Christianity • Faith Now • Iran

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