July 5th, 2010
09:20 PM ET

Imam leaves United States under plea deal in terror case

From CNN National Correspondent Susan Candiotti:

A New York imam who pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents as they investigated an alleged terror plot left the United States on Monday as part of his plea deal, a government spokesman and the imam's attorney told CNN.

Imam Ahmad Afzali and his wife left on a 2 p.m. flight to live in Saudi Arabia, said Afzali's attorney, Ron Kuby.

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Filed under: Islam • Leaders

July 5th, 2010
02:29 PM ET

Chicago clergy address city's spiraling gun violence

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After the Supreme Court struck down Chicago’s handgun ban last week, calling it unconstitutional, the City Council quickly passed a new gun ordinance.

Four Chicago clergy discussed the city’s spriraling gun violence on this week's Faces of Faith on CNN.


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Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Islam • Leaders • Violence

July 5th, 2010
10:48 AM ET

Scenes from a new church food pantry in the Gulf

Editors note: CNN's Brad Hodges sent this report from the Gulf Coast:

The oil spill has hit Bayou La Batre, Alabama in a big way. Nearly everyone there depends on fishing and on the water for a living. At the moment, there are few sources of income.  Adults who've never been out of work and have always provided for their families are now standing in line in the Alabama heat to accept some free food.

The day we were there, two organizations–the Bay Area Food Bank and a group called BPSOS, short for the Boat People S.O.S. Committee–joined together to distribute food to the community at the St. Margaret Catholic Church.

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Filed under: Catholic Church

July 5th, 2010
09:26 AM ET

What's common ground on abortion?

One reader is skeptical of the White House's states attempts to find "common ground" around abortion:

What Obama is doing is nothing more than a campaign strategy trick....I am sick of his tactics. I want to see some real leadership with real solutions. This approach does nothing to tackle the pressing issue of rising teenage pregnancies.

Another reader says that while there's no common ground over whether or not abortion should be legal, the Obama administration is right to argue that helping pregnant mothers would reduce the demand for abortions:

There is no "common ground" in legal terms in abortion, nor will there, or should there be. Abortion is legal, and is likely to remain that way, as more than 50% of Americans believe that abortion should be legal, and nearly 75% believe it should be legal in the case of rape/incest/violence. So, while revoking abortion may appeal to a base, the fact it, it's not a political winner.


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Filed under: Abortion • Barack Obama • Culture wars • Politics

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