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August 15th, 2011
11:23 AM ET

Billboard blitz for 877-Why-Islam info hotline

By Liane Membis, CNN

(CNN) – Want to learn more about Islam? There’s a hotline for that. And, through the end of the month, lots of roadside billboards to get the word out about it.

Two 48 foot-tall billboards towering over the New Jersey Turnpike bear the messages "877-Why-Islam — Get the Facts” and “Ramadan — 1.57 Billion Celebrating. Find Out Why.”

The signs are part of the Islamic Circle of North America’s 1-877-Why-Islam outreach project, established in 1999 with an eye toward educating Americans about Islam and Muslims.

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- Liane Membis

Filed under: Islam

July 8th, 2011
03:50 PM ET

Your Take: Comments on new 'Real Housewives of the Bible' DVD

By Liane Membis, CNN

News of evangelist Ty Adams' new “The Real Housewives of the Bible” DVD sparked plenty of buzz on the interwebs and raised the question of whether or not the production can really alter negative stereotypes produced by reality television shows.

Some of our readers voiced support for a biblical take on the Real Housewives franchise:

Greg Smithers
As a Christian, I'm so glad for this true and entertaining DVD series. Should be a "must read" for all teens.

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- Liane Membis

Filed under: Uncategorized

Evangelist produces ‘Real Housewives of the Bible’ DVD
July 5th, 2011
10:16 AM ET

Evangelist produces ‘Real Housewives of the Bible’ DVD

By Liane Membis, CNN

There’s a new set of housewives on the block.

These women aren’t whining about fashion faux pas and socialite misgivings. Their stories are cast somewhere between the books of Genesis and Revelation.

Ty Adams, a web-based evangelist and author, is producing “The Real Housewives of the Bible,” a two-part DVD series that tracks six women dealing with the ups and downs of marriage as they strive to be good wives.

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- Liane Membis

Filed under: Bible • Culture & Science • Entertainment

Your take: Comments on Bachmann's evangelical feminism
June 29th, 2011
05:55 PM ET

Your take: Comments on Bachmann's evangelical feminism

By Liane Membis, CNN

(CNN) – The question of whether or not Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann can be considered an evangelical feminist attracted nearly 3,400 comments. However, the first female presidential candidate for 2012 and Minnesota congresswoman begs to differ.

Bachmann told The Daily Beast in an interview that she’s definitely not a feminist but an "empowered American."

Readers shared their views, some said that they believe “evangelical feminism” is a contradiction:

Logic
How can an evangelical be a feminist? Timothy 2:12 states that women aren't even supposed to talk. Much less be in any sort of leadership role.

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- Liane Membis

Filed under: Bachmann • Politics • Tea Party

Your Take: Comments on faith-based opposition to the national anthem
June 27th, 2011
03:04 PM ET

Your Take: Comments on faith-based opposition to the national anthem

Yesterday's post about a Mennonite pastor’s faith-based reasons for not singing the "Star Spangled-Banner" drew more than 4,000 comments.

Mark Schloneger, a Mennonite pastor and an alum of Goshen College - which recently decided to forego the singing of the national anthem at sporting events – described how his religion's teachings on separation of church and state lead to the decision to skip the anthem.

Some readers agreed with the author's view and defended the Mennonite faith:

Tandamonium
As an agnostic, a wife of an Active Duty Marine for over 20 years and mother of two Active Duty Marines, I thought the author did a great job getting to the nuance of the reason behind the decision and also on giving some insight into Anabaptists. It is a faith-based decision stemmed in beliefs older than the US. I don't feel the author is any less patriotic than I am or the Mennonite Church is any less or more Christian than any other Christ-based denomination, they are just offering a different perspective on some things.

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- Liane Membis

Filed under: Church and state

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