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April 25th, 2013
05:26 PM ET

Minaret destroyed at 12th-century Syrian mosque on World Heritage list

By Michael Martinez and Hamdi Alkhshali , CNN

(CNN) - Both sides in Syria's civil war were in rare agreement Wednesday: The minaret at a 12th-century mosque in Aleppo has been obliterated.

Unclear, however, was who destroyed the tower at the Great Umayyad Mosque, which has witnessed the march of nine centuries. It was just last month that a United Nations official expressed concern about the two-year war possibly damaging the mosque, a World Heritage site.

An opposition group blamed the government.

"Regime forces have committed today a new crime against human and cultural heritage by targeting the minaret of the mosque and completely destroying it," the Local Coordination Committees said. The group released a photograph of the mosque without its signature minaret, apparently reduced to rubble.

The Syrian Coalition also blamed President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • Syria

Survey: Young Christians want marijuana legalized
April 25th, 2013
12:21 PM ET

Survey: Young Christians want marijuana legalized

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Half of young Christians have bucked the opinion of their older brethren and said they favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use, according to a recent poll.

Thirty-two percent of Christian’s aged 18-29 said they “strongly favor” legalization, while 18% said they “favor” the move, according to a Public Religion Research Institute survey released Thursday. Among Christian’s 65 and older, only 9% said they strongly favor legalization and 47% say they strongly oppose it.

Though the younger generations favor legalization, all Christians still lean toward keeping the drug illegal. While 39% of Christians say they favor or strongly favor legalization, 54% say they support keeping the drug illegal, according to the poll.

According to the poll, 45% of young Christians have “tried marijuana,” compared to 13% of Christian seniors who say they have.

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- Dan Merica

Filed under: Christianity • Politics

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