June 21st, 2010
07:17 PM ET

President Obama expresses his faith in fatherhood

Editor's Note: CNN White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux and White House Producer Erika Dimmler bring us this report from Washington, DC.

One day after Father’s Day, President Obama used his bully pulpit to stress the importance of fatherhood for the nation’s youth. “Fathers are our first teachers and coaches…they’re our mentors, our role models” the President told a gathering of local students, families and womens advocates.

But it was the President's message, in his official Father's Day Proclamation that has generated controversy. In it the President openly acknowledges gay parents, noting that some children have two dads. It states "nurturing families come in many forms, and children may be raised by a father and mother, a single father, two fathers, a step-father, a grandfather, or caring guardian."


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Politics

June 21st, 2010
03:40 PM ET

'Son of Hamas' faces deportation

Mosab Hassan Yousef turned his back on his family, his fellow Palestinians and his religion when he allegedly became a spy for Israel.

Yousef is the son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, one of the most prominent Hamas figures in the West Bank.  Now, the younger Yousef reportedly faces deportation to the Palestinian territory – something that his supporters say could result in his assassination.


- CNN.com Senior Producer

Filed under: Christianity • Islam • Israel

June 21st, 2010
03:04 PM ET

Is global warming the civil rights issue of the 21st century?

If you want to know how the issue of global warming is dividing the evangelical world, Richard Cizik’s story is a good place to start.

Cizik was recently a leader in the National Association of Evangelicals, a powerful, 68-year-old conservative group. When Cizik tried to convince the NAE to take a public stand on global warming, he was booted from the association, according to Paul Rogat Loeb, author of “Jesus and Climate Change - The Journey of  Rich Cizik.” FULL POST

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Culture & Science • Culture wars • Environment • Jesus

June 21st, 2010
12:23 PM ET

My Take: How a ‘Muslim Woodstock’ turns crisis into opportunity

Iraqi-Canadian rapper The Narcicyst and Syrian American rapper Omar Offendum at Takin’ it to the Streets.

Editor's Note: Maytha Alhassen is a Ph.D. student studing Muslim American identity at the University of Southern California.

By Maytha Alhassen, Special to CNN

Some have facetiously referred to it as the Muslim Woodstock.

But for all the differences between 1969’s three days of peace and music and Saturday’s Takin' it to the Streets festival in Chicago—a daylong Muslim-led arts and music festival—there is some truth to the comparison.

The differences: high on drugs vs. high on dkihr—a prayer that involves reciting the names of God—and free love vs. free tai chi lessons.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Art • Music • Muslim

June 21st, 2010
10:11 AM ET

Artist responds to pope with gay wedding portrait

Kevin Sharkey's 'You May Now Kiss The Groom'

An Irish artist has reacted to Pope Benedict XVI's recent statement that gay marriage is one of the most "insidious and dangerous" threats to the world by painting a canvas called "You May Now Kiss The Groom."

"When I think all the evil in the world, from terrorism, to disease, to famine, I find it horrifying that a man with the Pope's incredible power and influence can only focus on something as minor as gay marriage," artist Kevin Sharkey, 47, told the website ClickLiverpool.com

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Art • Catholic Church • Gay rights • Homosexuality • Pope Benedict XVI

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