July 15th, 2010
06:13 PM ET

Veil ban a symbol of hypocrisy, fear

Editor's note: Mohammed Ayoob is University Distinguished Professor of International Relations and Coordinator of the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University.

The French National Assembly has just done a huge favor to those elements in the Muslim world that thrive on anti-Westernism.

By voting to ban the veil in public places - a move that brings a draft bill closer to becoming law - it has transformed a minor social irritant for a section of the French public into a major political issue.

In doing so, it is feeding worldwide Muslim resentment against the West almost on par with the occupation of the Palestinian territories and the invasion of Iraq.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Opinion

July 15th, 2010
06:06 PM ET

John Allen's take on the Vatican's new rules

CNN Senior Vatican analyst John Allen was on Thursday afternoon with CNN Anchor TJ Holmes breaking down the new Vatican rules on sexual abuse.

You can check out Allen's National Catholic Reporter columns All Things Catholic here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Bishops • Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

July 15th, 2010
03:31 PM ET

Victims' group: new Vatican abuse guidelines 'a tiny step'

SNAP,  Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has a response out on the new guidelines put out by the Vatican.

David Clohessy, director of SNAP, posted on their website Thursday:

The Pope has pledged to “do everything possible” to prevent clergy sex crimes. Today's promises are far from “everything possible.” It’s heartbreaking to see a man who could and should do so much doing so little.

We’ve long pushed for action, not words, by the Vatican. This is, potentially, a tiny step closer to action. But it’s really just another in a long series of promises by church officials – in writing this time, rather than just verbal – that are rarely kept.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

July 15th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

July 15th, 2010
01:39 PM ET

Q&A: former Khalil Gibran school head on Ground Zero mosque

Debbie Almontaser is the founding and former principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy, New York’s first Arabic language school, which opened in 2007. She left that year over a controversy ignited by reports she defended the word "intifada" on a T-shirt, and she later said she was forced out by the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, according to The New York Times. She now chairs the Muslim Consultative Network. CNN’s Nicole Dow talked to Almontaser about a new New York controversy that contains echoes of the one that embroiled her three years ago: a proposal to build an Islamic Center near Ground Zero.

What are your thoughts on the controversy surrounding the Cordoba House, the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero?

I am saddened and perturbed that this hysteria is playing itself out again in New York City by the same interest groups that are out there basically spewing hate-filled propaganda about Muslims across New York City and America. America is bigger than that better than that. This country was built on the shoulders of giants who migrated from all over the world for the American dream.

Does it remind you of what you went through back in 2007 at the Khalil Gibran school?


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Houses of worship • Islam • Mosque • Muslim • New York • Schools • United States

July 15th, 2010
07:38 AM ET

U.N. official slams church on scandal; Vatican revises abuse guidelines

The Catholic Church must not sweep abuse by priests "under the carpet," a top U.N. official said Thursday in unprecedented criticism by the United Nations of how the Vatican has handled the crisis.

Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said she was "not at all" happy with how the Catholic Church has handled allegations of child abuse by clergy.

"There are children who are now coming forward on this issue and they are still hurting. They need to see justice being done," she said on CNN's "Connect the World" program.


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Catholic Church

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