By John Blake, CNN
(CNN) – Bishop Harry Jackson is a former college middle linebacker who can still hit hard.
He once described same-sex marriage as a satanic plot to destroy the family, called on Republicans to get “political Viagra” and said African-Americans needed to abandon what he called the Gospel of Victimization.
Jackson is not shy about stirring up controversy, but he stops short when it comes to preaching about greed. The Maryland bishop said he encourages his congregation to get through the Great Recession by saving and sharing. But he doesn’t want to alienate well-off members by talking about what’s behind the nation’s economic woes.
"I've got to watch it," said Jackson, pastor at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland. "I could get into some big teaching on greed, but the reality is that a lot of that teaching may wind up creating anti-economic-growth and anti-capitalism concepts (in people’s minds). ... I always talk about personal responsibility so we don't get into the blame game."
The Great Recession is more than an economic crisis. It has become a spiritual dilemma for some of the nation’s pastors and their parishioners, religious leaders say.
(CNN)–"For God so loved the world, He gave a giant discount on an oil change," is not exactly how John 3:16 goes in the New Testament, but that is the interpretation one Texas businessman is using.
CNN affiliate KTVT reports customers can get a steep discount if they recite John 3:16.
KTVT reports the idea comes from Plano, Texas businessman Charlie Whittington, who owns Kwik Kar.
Editor’s note: Aman Ali is a New York-based writer, stand-up comedian and the co-creator of 30 Mosques in 30 Days, a Ramadan road trip across America.
By Aman Ali, Special to CNN
The Irvine 11. Nope, it’s not the 37th installment of George Clooney and his gang of crackerjack criminals trying to pull a con job on a California casino owner.
Instead, the “Irvine 11” are of a group of Muslim students in California who were found guilty last week of disrupting a speech at the University of California Irvine by Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States.
One by one, the students disrupted Oren’s speech and shouted at him over his support for Israel. They were subsequently found guilty by an Orange County jury.
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