May 3rd, 2010
03:37 PM ET

Turning schools into pulpits?

Texas and atheists - seems like a volatile mix. Texas is one of the most pious states in the nation, and atheists are still viewed with suspicion by many Americans.

Those two worlds will collide on May 16 when the nation’s largest atheist group holds a rally on the steps of the Texas state capitol in Austin to protest proposed changes in the state’s social studies curriculum.

The Texas Board of Education voted in March to approve additions to the curriculum that would include a more conservative perspective on U.S. history.


- CNN Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Culture wars • Politics • Religious liberty

May 3rd, 2010
10:24 AM ET

A Supreme Court without Protestants?

The current Supreme Court has six Catholics, two Jews and one Protestant.

For most of American history, a Supreme Court with no Protestant Christian judges would have been unthinkable. Nearly three quarters of all justices who've ever served on the nation's high court have been Protestant. And roughly half of all Americans identify themselves as Protestant today.

But since John Paul Stevens announced his retirement last month, legal and religious scholars have begun entertaining the unprecedented prospect of a Supreme Court without a single Protestant justice.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Leaders • Politics • Protestant

May 3rd, 2010
05:26 AM ET

Pope prays before Shroud of Turin

Pope Benedict XVI visited the iconic Shroud of Turin on Sunday, kneeling and praying before Christianity's most famous relic, which went on display last month for the first time in 10 years.

Before visiting the shroud - believed by some Christians to be Jesus Christ's burial cloth - the pope conducted an open-air mass before thousands who gathered in Turin's St. Charles Square.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Leaders

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