June 30th, 2010
03:04 PM ET

iReport: Church group witnesses 'another disaster in the making'

About three times a year, a church group from Washington, D.C., heads down to New Orleans to help rebuild the city devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  This month, they took a break from their mission and headed down to Grande Isle State Park.  There, CNN iReporter Jonathan Nateghi-Asli said they witnessed "another disaster in the making." 

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Environment

June 30th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

Is Italy right to fight for crucifixes in classrooms?

Tons of comments coming in on Italy's decision to fight to keep crucifixes in classrooms in the face of a European court ruling that such symbols violate students' religious freedom rights. Here's one that applaud's Italy's effort:

Would you ban a crucifix that others believe in (a symbol of love for all) and replace it with the "blank wall" of your own intolerance towards others' beliefs? Where is the love in this brave new world of religious discrimination and intolerance?

Another reader sides with the European Court of Human Rights:

Italian social system as well as the rest of Western civilization is NOT based on Christianity but on SECULARISM, i.e. the clear distinction between PERSONAL beliefs and social norms. Everyone should have the right to wear a cross or a scarf (NOT burka for security reasons) but nobody can impose any particular religious symbols in public spaces such as school or courts.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity

June 30th, 2010
12:54 PM ET

iReport: Women's fashion at Quran reading competition

CNN iReporter Sherbien Dacalanio attended yesterday's Quran reading competition in Quezon City, Philippines, and snapped photos of women attendees in colorful garb. Their attire, Dacalanio learned, reveals the particular ethnic group to which each woman belongs.

"Almost all the Muslim women wanted me to take photos of them, so I ask them to post in a group or solo," he says. "[They] ask me if I can photograph them and how much I charge for the photo. I reply them that it’s just my hobby to take photos and it’s free."

View Dacalanio's iReport.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam

June 30th, 2010
08:58 AM ET

More Americans say they attend church, mosque, synagogue

Church attendance crept up slightly in the United States this year, according to new Gallup research - but not everyone is buying the findings.

Slightly more than 43 percent of Americans told Gallup they attend church, synagogue or mosque weekly or almost every week, up from just under 43 percent in 2009, and about 42 percent in 2008.

The results are within the poll's margin of error, but still "statistically significant," Gallup said in announcing the results Monday.

A top expert on religion in America dismissed the numbers out of hand, but said there may be something to the trend.


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Faith • Houses of worship

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