July 6th, 2010
06:06 PM ET

The untamed faith of the Discovery Channel’s ‘Man vs. Wild’ star

It takes guts to paraglide over the Antarctica, hike through remote jungles and eat yak eyeballs for dinner.

It also takes a little faith, according to a fun new profile of Bear Grylls, the star of Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild adventure show in the evangelical magazine Relevant.


- CNN Writer

Filed under: Buddhism • Christianity • Faith • Islam • Journeys • TV

July 6th, 2010
04:01 PM ET

Police probe Belgian cardinal over abuse cover-up allegations

Police are investigating accusations that the former archbishop of Belgium knew of sexual abuse in the church but failed to stop it, the Belgian prosecutor's office told CNN Tuesday.

Cardinal Godfried Danneels was archbishop of Belgium for more than 30 years before he stepped down in January.

Belgian police raided the national headquarters of the Catholic Church last month over allegations of child abuse, prompting an angry response from Pope Benedict XVI and other church leaders.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church

July 6th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

As Obama and Netanyahu meet, U.S. view of Israel remains positive

Obama and Netanyahu in May

As President Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington today, CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser notes that Americans' favorable opinion of Israel has held steady over the last year:

Opinion of Israel

Now: 67% favorable, 32% unfavorable

2009: 69% favorable, 30% unfavorable

Sampling error: +/-4% points


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Barack Obama • Israel • Judaism • Politics

July 6th, 2010
11:18 AM ET

Should New York schools close for Muslim holidays?

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After Imam Khalid Latif, a chaplain for New York University and the New York Police Department, wrote a Belief Blog piece arguing that New York schools should close for important Muslim holidays, CNN invited him on air.

Latif makes an interesting case in the interview: that American Muslims are trying to develop their own contemporary identity and that steps like closing schools for major Muslim holidays would help that process. The implication is that an Americanized Islam–modern and moderate–would benefit all Americans.

Latif was interviewed over the weekend by CNN's Don Lemon.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Leaders

July 6th, 2010
10:05 AM ET

NASA administrator: Muslim outreach a top priority

Recent comments by NASA administrator Charles Bolden about Muslim outreach have become fodder for conservative bloggers and left some space buffs wondering about NASA's mission.

"When I became the NASA administrator, [President Obama] charged me with three things," Bolden said in an interview with Al-Jazeera. "One, he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math; he wanted me to expand our international relationships; and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math and engineering."

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Barack Obama • Islam • Politics • Science

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