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My Take: Let Lennon be Lennon and forget Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo Green performing in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
January 2nd, 2012
03:09 PM ET

My Take: Let Lennon be Lennon and forget Cee Lo Green

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

New Year’s Eve is usually truce time in the culture wars — a moment to reflect and hope and forget your troubles (and the world’s). Not so on Saturday night, when Cee Lo Green changed the lyrics to John Lennon’s “Imagine” while performing the song on live television in New York’s Time Square.

Instead of “Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too,” Green sang, “Nothing to kill or die for, and all religion’s true.”

This change has performed something of a minor miracle: bringing atheists and evangelicals together in common cause. Atheists are outraged that Green is messing with what they see as an anthem for their cause, while evangelicals object to his view that all religions are true.

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- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Atheism • Celebrity • Culture wars • Music

January 2nd, 2012
01:36 PM ET

Explaining Iowa's evangelical vote

(CNN)– CNN's Lisa Sylvester explains how Iowa's evangelicals became a powerful voting bloc at the caucuses.

And don't miss CNN.com Religion Editor Dan Gilgoff's exploration in Des Moines, Iowa: Why do Iowa’s evangelicals wield so much political clout?

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Evangelical • Faith Now • Politics • TV-The Situation Room

Jewish leaders blast ultra-Orthodox use of Holocaust symbols in demonstration
Ultra-Orthodox Jews wear prison uniforms and other symbols associated with the Holocaust in a protest Saturday in Jerusalem.
January 2nd, 2012
12:50 PM ET

Jewish leaders blast ultra-Orthodox use of Holocaust symbols in demonstration

Jerusalem (CNN) – Israeli political and religious leaders are condemning a weekend protest here in which ultra-Orthodox Jews used symbols identified with the Holocaust to allege they are being unfairly treated by other Israeli Jews over their beliefs.

Ongoing religious tensions in Israel reached new heights Saturday when a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews marched in concentration camp uniforms and donned yellow Stars of David, which Jews were forced to wear in Nazi-occupied Europe.

Demonstrating against what they viewed as incitement against the ultra-Orthodox in Israeli media, about 1,000 ultra-Orthodox men marched through the streets of their neighborhood.

The chairman of Yad Vashem, Jerusalem’s Holocaust museum and memorial, criticized protesters for making what he said was a “false comparison between the reality today to the Holocaust."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Israel • Judaism

Ted Haggard talks scandal, 'Celebrity Wife Swap'
Pastor Ted Haggard will appear on ABC reality show 'Wife Swap.'
January 2nd, 2012
10:39 AM ET

Ted Haggard talks scandal, 'Celebrity Wife Swap'

By KJ Matthews, CNN

(CNN)–It’s been a while since pastor Ted Haggard made headlines.

You may recall that back in 2006, a male escort claimed he had sex with Haggard and that Haggard bought drugs from him. Haggard denied having sex with the man and said he only bought the drugs, but didn’t actually use them.

Either way, it did some serious damage to the then minister's image…for a while that is. "I went through a scandal five years ago, and most marital problems aren’t nearly as serious as that one was and we survived it,” Haggard said.

Not only did Haggard survive, but he now wants the world to know he is thriving. Audiences will soon see him, his wife and their kids on ABC’s “Celebrity Wife Swap.” So why would Haggard want to enter the spotlight again?

Read the full story from CNN's The Marquee Blog
- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church • Evangelical • Faith Now • TV

Police probe reports of attack on Islamic center
An Islamic center was hit with a fire bomb on Monday morning in Queens, New York.
January 2nd, 2012
10:28 AM ET

Police probe reports of attack on Islamic center

From Marina Landis, CNN

(CNN) - A Molotov cocktail was tossed at an Islamic center in one of three attacks in New York City, authorities said early Monday.

The three attacks in Queens were at the Islamic center, a bodega, and a private house on Sunday night, officials said.

Molotov cocktails were used in all the attacks, resulting in some damage but no injuries, the New York Police Department said.

In a fourth incident, a fire damaged part of house, but it was too early to tell whether it was a result of a Molotov cocktail and was related to the other incidents, police said.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Faith Now • Islam

January 2nd, 2012
04:25 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, January 2

By Dan Merica, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: 15 faith-based predictions for 2012
To ring in the New Year, CNN's Belief Blog asked experts in religion, faith leaders, and a secular humanist about how the forces of faith and faithlessness will shape the world in 2012.

CNN: Ultra-Orthodox Jews invoke Holocaust in demonstrations over gender roles
Ongoing religious tensions in Israel reached new heights Saturday when a group of ultra-Orthodox Jews used clothing and symbols identified with the Holocaust at a Jerusalem rally.

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- Dan Merica

Filed under: Morning Read

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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 and Eric Marrapodi with daily contributions from CNN's worldwide newsgathering team.

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