November 9th, 2011
08:27 AM ET
Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around world. Click the headlines for the full stories.
Compiled by Dan Merica, CNN
Mississippi voters rejected an amendment to the state constitution that would have defined life as starting at conception and outlawed abortion and many forms of birth control if passed. The ballot initiative was part of a national campaign brought by Personhood USA, a group that describes itself as a nonprofit Christian ministry.
An estimated 2.5 million pilgrims have descended on the city of Mecca for the Islamic Hajj, but with the rising threat of climate change, there are now calls for both pilgrims and authorities in Mecca to reduce the environmental damage wrought by this yearly influx of travelers.
A poll released Tuesday painted a picture of a religious electorate that has a strong preference toward religious candidates, but maintains skepticism of a Mormon in the White House.
Victims of clerical sexual abuse will find it easier to bring compensation claims against the Catholic Church after a judge ruled it can be held responsible for the wrongdoings of its priests.
A stampede at a religious festival in northern India killed at least 16 people Monday, officials said. The stampede took place at an ashram, or religious community, in Haridwar, 100 miles north of New Delhi.
Quote of the Day:
– Kate Lowery, Whole Foods Market spokeswoman Kate Lowery, in regards to a former employee who says he was fired because he is Muslim (Full story)
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