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March 26th, 2010
10:42 PM ET

How American Muslims are changing the media landscape

CNN's Maria Ebrahimji, who leads the network's bookings team - the folks that get folks on TV - describes herself as one of the cable channel's in-house experts on Muslim stories. She recently spoke with elan, an online magazine devoted to global Muslim youth culture, and explained how American Muslims have begun to shape the media that are responsible for shaping American views of Islam.

Check out this exchange:

What challenges do Muslims face, particularly with media representations?

... One of the biggest challenges that I have seen when I am interacting with the Muslim-American community on the media and professional level is they are just now finding their voice. It hasn’t necessarily been tradition to pursue careers that are beyond the fields of science or law in these communities. Pre 9-11 you can never pursue those careers. But post 9-11 these generations realized they do have their own voice. Our parents’ generations were more interested in building the American dream, and they were not concerned with how they are perceived. They were building mosques, etc. Now we feel more in tune with our American identity and Muslim identity, and the challenge continues to be brave enough and courageous enough to share those experiences with others.

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04:00 PM ET

Christians from left, right sign 'Civility Covenant'


A group of more than 100 prominent Christians ranging from evangelical minister Jim Wallis on the political left to Nixon White House aide Chuck Colson on the right released a document Thursday calling for an end to the fight club tone of the national political discourse.

Called the "Civility Covenant," the document says that churches have too often "reflected the political divisions of our culture rather than the unity we have in the body of Christ."

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March 26th, 2010
03:56 PM ET

East Jerusalem: A tale of two neighborhoods

With the Israeli approval of further Jewish home building in East Jerusalem comes fresh condemnation.

In response to the most recent development, the final go-ahead for 20 units at the Shepherd hotel in East Jerusalem, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said: "settlements are illegal under international law. This must stop."

Just two weeks ago, news of the approval of 1,600 units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo during a visit to Israel by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was condemned as "insulting" by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

For the U.N., the U.S. and much of the world, the two cases are the same. But to most Israelis the differences between the two East Jerusalem areas are vast.

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March 26th, 2010
03:48 PM ET

Clerics regret abuse; Vatican denounces report

Top Catholic clerics from France and Britain expressed shame, anger and regret Friday over a widening abuse scandal in the church that has reached Pope Benedict XVI's doorstep.

At the same time, the Vatican and Benedict's former German diocese strongly denied a newspaper report that said the pope was aware that a priest later convicted of molesting boys was returning to pastoral work.

(Pictured above: U.S. group SNAP [Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests] protests in front of St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Friday.)

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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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