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With Holocaust book in Farsi, Iranian-American author plugs a historical hole
Dr. Ari Babaknia has written four volumes on the Holocaust in his native language, Farsi.
May 25th, 2012
04:07 PM ET

With Holocaust book in Farsi, Iranian-American author plugs a historical hole

By Kim Segal, CNN

(CNN) – When he first became interested in learning about the Holocaust in the 1990s, Dr. Ari Babaknia had trouble finding any literature on the subject written in his native tongue, Farsi.

The California-based physician wanted answers to basic questions: Where was the rest of the world as millions were exterminated? And when did the world learn what was happening?

“There’s plenty of books in English on this, and the Farsi-speaking people, I thought they’re not aware of this,” Babaknia says. “It’s something they should know about.”

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Books • Faith Now • Holocaust • Iran

May 25th, 2012
12:43 PM ET

Perkins on opposing same-sex marriage

(CNN)–Tony Perkins, head of the conservative Family Research Council, argues that children lose when gay marriage is legalized and that such unions represent the death knell of marriage.

Perkins  spoke with CNN's Brooke Baldwin.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Faith Now • Gay marriage • TV-CNN Newsroom

NJ attorney general: NYPD surveillance of Muslims was legal
Muslim community leaders hold a news conference in February at Rutgers University to address police surveillance of Muslims.
May 25th, 2012
12:27 PM ET

NJ attorney general: NYPD surveillance of Muslims was legal

By the CNN Wire Staff

New York (CNN) - New York City police didn't violate New Jersey state laws when they carried out surveillance programs of Muslim-owned business, mosques and university student groups, according to a Thursday statement from the New Jersey attorney general's office.

The findings are the product of a three-month review meant to address concerns expressed by Muslim community leaders, who had instead called for a formal investigation.

Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said law enforcement officials are expected to meet regularly with the NYPD "to exchange information concerning counter-terrorism intelligence and operations," and establish more formal protocols for out-of-state policing.

Chiesa's office said it will also establish a "Muslim outreach committee in order to enhance communication and encourage a greater understanding regarding issues of importance to both law enforcement and the Muslim community."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Faith Now • Islam • Muslim

May 25th, 2012
12:11 PM ET

As Myanmar opens up, spiritual tourists journey in

By Paula Hancocks, CNN

Yangon, Myanmar (CNN) – How’s this for a vacation schedule? Get up at 3 a.m., put off sleep till 11 p.m., and spend almost the whole day alone, in silence.

It’s a typical day for a foreign tourist at the Mahasi meditation center here.

Founded by the late Venerable Mahasi Sayadaw, the center opens its doors not only to Burmese residents but also to foreign visitors wishing to learn Buddhist meditation techniques.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Buddhism • Myanmar

May 25th, 2012
11:01 AM ET

Foxworthy hosts 'Biblical' new game show

(CNN)– Comedian Jeff Foxworthy will host "American Bible Challenge," a new show premiering this summer on GSN.  CNN's Carol Costello reports.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Bible • Faith Now • TV

May 25th, 2012
04:28 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Friday, May 25

By Laura Koran, 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: Why is obscure Bible verse from Exodus trending on Twitter?
It’s not every day a Bible verse lights up social media, but a relatively obscure verse from the Hebrew Bible – what Christians call the Old Testament – was trending on Twitter worldwide Thursday. The verse, Exodus 23:1, offers this admonition: “You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with the wicked to act as a malicious witness.” (New Revised Standard Version)

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- CNN's Laura Koran

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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