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March 11th, 2010
05:53 PM ET

March 11th, 2010
05:51 PM ET

Classes can say Pledge of Allegiance, court says

The appeals court ruled that recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance 'serves to unite our vast nation.'

Public schools in Western states can continue teacher-led reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, after a federal court ruled against a group of atheist parents.

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, California, ruled 2-1 Thursday that the pledge does not represent a government endorsement of religion, prohibited by the Constitution.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Politics

March 11th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

Seen any wise, witty church signs lately?

Most churches and other houses of worship have a sign out front where they can share news and get their message out. And over the years, those messages have become increasingly eye-catching, offbeat, or controversial. They’ve inspired blogs, grabbed headlines and created tension.

We’d like to see what some of the churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship in your town are saying on their signs. Are they traditional – scriptural verses and mass times? Do they reach out to new recruits? Do they aim to shock?

Grab your camera and show us some signs in your town or your place of worship. Send updates as the signs change. Bonus points if you can get church leaders or members to sound off on what they think of the sign and its message. CNN will feature the best signs in a regular feature!

Share your images and see what other people have sent in

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science

March 11th, 2010
11:47 AM ET

Opinion: We will fight for the soul of Nigeria

Last Sunday the world woke to news of ethnic and religious violence in Jos, central Nigeria.

Television footage soon emerged of hundreds of bodies, mostly of women and children, hacked to death by bands of marauders who invaded defenseless villages under cover of darkness. It was the second time this year that Jos would be making breaking news on CNN.

On both occasions, while Jos burned, Nigeria's corridors of power battled their own "fires": A series of intrigues that raged as insiders struggled for power in the absence of President Umaru Yar'Adua, who in November 2009 traveled abroad for medical treatment and has not been seen in public since.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Opinion • Politics

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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 with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.

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