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'All-American Muslim' won't have second season
'All-American Muslim' tracked five families in Dearborn, Michigan.
March 7th, 2012
04:28 PM ET

'All-American Muslim' won't have second season

TLC's look into the everyday lives of Michigan-based Muslims was a short one. The network confirms that "All-American Muslim" won't return for a second season.

The eight-episode docu-series followed five families in Dearborn, Michigan, depicting how they balance their faith and customs with their average American lifestyle.

TLC didn't offer more information as to why the series won't return, although some cast members told the Detroit Free Press that they were told the decision was made based on ratings.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • TV

Hebrew atheist billboard gets bumped in New York
The American Atheists' president acknowledged that the pair of new billboards will likely cause a stir, and the did.
March 7th, 2012
02:51 PM ET

Hebrew atheist billboard gets bumped in New York

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN)–A controversial billboard from a national atheist group was scheduled to go up in a heavily populated Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn on Tuesday but was bumped when the owner of the building objected to the advertisement.

CNN first reported the billboards were targeting Muslim and Jewish enclaves with, “You know it’s a myth … and you have a choice,” written on billboards in Arabic and Hebrew.

The Brooklyn billboard was in English and Hebrew. To the right of the text on the Hebrew sign is the word for God, Yahweh.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Atheism • Faith Now • Islam • Judaism

March 7th, 2012
02:41 PM ET

Anonymous claims Vatican website shutdown

By Amber Lyon, Eric Marrapodi and Hada Messia, CNN

Rome (CNN) -
Hackers are claiming to have shut down the website for the Catholic Church Wednesday.  Vatican.va, the official website of the Holy See, was not operational Wednesday afternoon.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi confirmed to CNN the site was hacked, but said it would be "fully operational" again shortly.

Anonymous, a loosely-knit international hacking group, claimed responsibility for the church website shutdown.

"Anonymous has now decided to lay siege to your site in response to the doctrines, liturgies and the precepts, absurd and anachronistic, that your organization, (which) is for profit, propagates and spreads worldwide," a statement in Italian on the blog "ufficiale di Anonymous Italia" read.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Courts • Faith Now • Vatican

Kirk Cameron defends views on gay marriage
March 7th, 2012
02:16 PM ET

Kirk Cameron defends views on gay marriage

By Breeanna Hare, CNN

(CNN)–Kirk Cameron lost at least one fan with his remarks about homosexuality and gay marriage last week, but the former "Growing Pains" actor is standing his ground.

He explains in a statement that he "spoke as honestly" as he could when asked about his views on "homosexuality, gay marriage and abortion" while being interviewed for his film, "Monumental," "but some people believe my responses were not loving toward those in the gay community."

Cameron continued, "That is not true. I can assuredly say that it's my life's mission to love all people."

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Faith Now • Homosexuality • TV-Piers Morgan

March 7th, 2012
11:42 AM ET

Jesus on a tortilla?

(CNN)– A New Mexico man's dinner was downright divine after he discovered an image of Jesus on his tortilla.  CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.

We are adding the tortilla guy to our running list of people have claimed to see the image of Jesus Christ in all sorts of unconventional places, from telephone poles, to store receipts to a cheesy snack.

Last year a plucky entrepreneur even came up with a do-it-yourself version of divine food visions with the Jesus toaster.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Faith Now • Food • TV-Anderson Cooper 360

Loudly Catholic Santorum loses Ohio Catholics
Mitt Romney, left, won more Ohio Catholics on Tuesday than Rick Santorum.
March 7th, 2012
03:53 AM ET

Loudly Catholic Santorum loses Ohio Catholics

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Rick Santorum, a conservative Catholic who is outspoken about faith-based issues, lost Catholic voters by a wide margin in Ohio on Tuesday, potentially a key factor that allowed Mitt Romney to squeak out the narrowest of victories overall in the state.

According to CNN’s exit polls, Romney took 43% of Ohio Catholics on Super Tuesday, compared to 31% for Rick Santorum, and Romney beat Santorum overall by 38% to 37%.

Read how Santorum fared Tuesday

Catholic voters accounted for a third of Ohio’s Republican electorate, the largest share of Catholics in any Super Tuesday state.

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“The margin of Romney's win among Ohio Catholics is surprising, given Santorum's traditional Catholicism,” says John Green, a political science professor at the University of Ohio. “Romney's margin among Ohio Catholics - especially in the three largest metropolitan areas - may account for his close win in Ohio.”

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Mitt Romney • Ohio • Politics • Rick Santorum

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