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June 22nd, 2010
04:29 PM ET

Vatican: Oldest known images of apostles Andrew and John found

The oldest known image of the apostles Andrew and John have been discovered in catacombs under the city of Rome, dating back to the 4th century A.D., archaeologists announced Tuesday.

The paintings were found in the same location where the oldest known painting of St. Paul was discovered last year, the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology said Tuesday.

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- CNN.com Senior Producer

Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Jesus

June 22nd, 2010
01:25 PM ET

Nikki Haley provokes question: What's Sikhism?

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

While researching my prior post about Nikki Haley coming under attack by her fellow South Carolina Republicans for her Sikh heritage, I came across a local activist, Oran Smith of the Palmetto Family Council, who told CNN, “Most people can’t even pronounce ‘Sikh,’ even the ones that are criticizing her.”

For the record, the word Sikh rhymes with click. But knowing how to pronounce Sikhism won’t take you very far toward understanding whether this religious tradition is something that voters in South Carolina should fear and candidates in South Carolina should flee.

So what are Sikhs and Sikhism all about?

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- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Politics • Sikh • Uncategorized

June 22nd, 2010
01:07 PM ET

Keeping faith in the Gulf

I'm down on the Gulf coast again, my third trip since the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster began on April 20. Driving to our live shot position at the Bridge Side Marina, I was struck by the number of churches along the LA-1, the road into Grand Isle, Louisiana. The small fishing community has been hammered by the oil spill. As you cross the bridge into Grand Isle, you can see the yellow boom fighting the oil from lapping up onto the beaches.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church

June 22nd, 2010
12:03 PM ET

Photo spotlight: Hindus, Muslims pray for rain

Hindus and Muslims gather in Ahmedabad, India, on Tuesday, June 22, to pray for rain. The western state of Gujarat and other parts of India are waiting for the annual monsoon rains to cool down the triple-digit temperatures.

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Filed under: Hinduism • Muslim • Traditions

June 22nd, 2010
08:15 AM ET

Hindus are not horrible

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

What I did not say on The Colbert Report last week has at least two Hindus hopping mad.

Depending on which headline you read—and you can now read them by the dozens from Boston to Kathmandu—I told Stephen Colbert either that Hindus are “horrible” or that the “Hindu rebirth doctrine is horrible.” As a result of these slurs on Hindus and/or Hinduism, Rajan Zed, President of Universal Society of Hinduism, and Bhavna Shinde of the Forum for Hindu Awakening have reportedly asked for me to apologize.

I am happy to presume that both Zed and Shinde are trying to expose the ignorance about Hinduism among non-Hindus in the West. And as the author of one of the first scholarly articles on "Hinduphobia" in American life, I am happy to admit that such ignorance is rife. In this case, however, there will be no apology–at least not from me–since as anyone who watched the clip with any care can attest, I said nothing against the Hindu tradition.

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- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: Books • Hinduism • Opinion • TV

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."

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- 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.

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- 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.

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- 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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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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