June 4th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

Jewish group denounces cartoons inspired by Gaza flotilla incident

The Anti-Defamation League lashed out Friday against what it called “deeply offensive and hateful caricatures of Israelis and Jews” drawn by cartoonists across the Muslim world in the wake of the Gaza flotilla incident that left nine dead.

The cartoons, which appeared in newspapers, use religious imagery to depict Israel as satanic, blood-thirsty and even compares it to the Nazis.


- Moni Basu

Filed under: Islam • Israel • Judaism

June 4th, 2010
08:46 AM ET

A year after 'Muslim speech,' American Muslims press Obama to deliver

On the one-year anniversary of President Obama's address to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt, a coalition of American Muslim groups are pressing him to keep his pledge to make it easier for American Muslims to give to Islamic charities, a religious obligation called zakat.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Islam • Politics

June 4th, 2010
08:28 AM ET

The religion of football

CNN's Senior National Editor Dave Schechter has been gearing up for the World Cup, which kicks off June 11. He filed this report:

My wife has been known to say – sometimes in jest, sometimes ruefully – that there are two religions in our house; one associated with synagogue, the other with soccer.

Ours’ is hardly the only household around the globe where organized religion and organized football occasionally vie for primacy. [I will use the term “football” because that’s what the sport is called around the world. The game is, after all, played with feet.]

You can be an agnostic or an atheist when it comes to religion but it’s much more difficult when we’re talking about the World Cup. Even if the game does not interest you, you will not be able to escape the passion. You will encounter people in your day life – at work, shopping, out for a meal – who are engrossed in this sporting spectacle.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Culture & Science • Houses of worship • Sports

June 4th, 2010
06:08 AM ET

Souter v. Scalia at Harvard Yard

Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor. 

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

Score one for David Souter. In the fisticuffs that is the Supreme Court, the recently retired justice often found himself on the losing side of 5-4 decisions. But in delivering Harvard’s 2010 commencement address last week, he gave the court’s conservatives a soft-spoken smackdown.


- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Anglican • Christianity • Courts • Opinion • Protestant

June 4th, 2010
02:00 AM ET

My Take: The market has become God

Editor's Note: Jim Wallis is CEO of Sojourners and author of "Rediscovering Values: On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street — A Moral Compass for the New Economy."

By Jim Wallis, Special to CNN

It was a difficult May for “the market.”

On May 6, the stock market plunged nearly a thousand points before recovering to close a few hundred points down. By month’s end, stocks had experienced their worst May in 70 years. It’s more evidence of a broken system - and that the market has become the end rather than the means. If we don’t rewire our values, our losses will have been in vain.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Leaders • Money & Faith

June 4th, 2010
01:42 AM ET

My Take: The market's not God, but it is virtuous

Editor's Note: Austin Hill is a radio host and coauthor of "The Virtues of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets."

By Austin Hill, Special to CNN

The market is not God, nor should it be regarded as such. I’m not aware of anybody who advocates that it should be regarded as God.

Some people like to simply claim the market has become God, then spend lots of time and energy lamenting how this is a grave immorality. It’s very provocative.

But if we are seriously seeking to be, as the Rev. Jim Wallis states, “smarter and more prudent about our economic lives,” then we’d all do well to ask whether assertions that are provocative are actually substantial.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Money & Faith • Politics

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