July 7th, 2010
08:22 PM ET

Opinion: Iran must halt woman's death by stoning

By Arsalan Iftikhar, Special to CNN

Editor's note: Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com and legal fellow for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding in Washington.

It is clearly stated in Article 5 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights that, "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."

Adopted in 1948 by the U.N. General Assembly, in addition to outlawing torture categorically, this international treaty was to be used as a common standard for international law and outlined - for the first time ever - fundamental human rights to be protected anywhere around the world.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Iran • Islam • Violence

July 7th, 2010
11:03 AM ET

Christian radio station: Jim Wallis promotes secularism, 'unholy' government alliance

On CNN's Wednesday list of Most Intriguing People:

Jim Wallis. Because the Christian minister, activist and founder of the organization Sojourners is being targeted over his invitation to participate at a Christian music festival. The event known as "Lifest" starts Wednesday in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

"After researching extensively the words and published positions of Jim Wallis and his organization, Sojourners Magazine, and seeking fervently the guidance of the Holy Spirit in prayer, we believe the social justice message and agenda they promote is a seed of secular humanism, seeking an unholy alliance between the Church and Government," Q90 FM, a Christian radio station based in De Pere, Wisc., said in a statement.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Music

July 7th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

Your views on schools closing for Muslim holidays

Comments on whether New York schools should close for some Muslim holidays, as a recent Belief Blog guest poster argued, are coming from Muslims who don't want their kids to miss class, from Christians who don't want the state to sanction Islamic traditions and from strict church/state separationists who want government to stop observing all religious holidays.

Here's a somewhat representative sampling.

From a Muslim:

In response to the question: YES! Let the Muslims have Eid off. It doesn't have to be the full amount of days for both Eids but it is frustrating year after year when my children and my husband have to miss or be late to work and school to attend prayer only to rush back to the daily grind. Christians and Jews get to "take a break" on some of their holidays, it would be really nice if for a change if we could, too.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Islam • New York • Schools • United States

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