August 6th, 2010
08:05 PM ET

Your thoughts: American Muslims underestimating 9/11 effect?

Lots of comments coming in on our story about a prominent American Muslim scholar who says the proposed mosque near ground zero may be dangerously misguided and that American Muslims have failed to grasp how deeply the 9/11 attacks shook the U.S.

Here's a semi-representative cross-section.

From a Muslim reader:

I'm a Muslim and I don't like the radical Muslims but why would I want to kill anyone? I do try to educate, but it's a big world with over one billion Muslims. And why should people want to destroy this mosque? What is the purpose? What will they gain? Why is any violence necessary? I hate the actions of those who were responsible for 9/11. Unfortunately, they didn't ask my permission.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Interfaith issues • Islam • Muslim

August 6th, 2010
05:09 PM ET

Julia Roberts is practicing Hinduism

Julia Roberts at an awards ceremony in June.

Julia Roberts, star of the new movie "Eat, Pray, Love," which tells the story of a soul-searching character, is now a practicing Hindu.

Roberts, in an interview with Elle magazine, says she worships with her husband, cameraman Danny Moder, and their three children, People.com says.

The family, she told Elle, goes to temple together to "chant and pray and celebrate. I'm definitely a practicing Hindu." Roberts grew up in Georgia, the daughter of Christian parents.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Celebrity • Christianity • Hinduism • Movies

August 6th, 2010
02:23 PM ET

My take: Christian group is latest ground zero hypocrite

Editor's Note: 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

The Anti-Defamation League isn’t the only organization losing its soul in the debate over the proposed Islamic community center and mosque at Ground Zero.

On Wednesday, a lesser-known group called the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) sued the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in an effort to overturn the commission’s decision to deny the Park51 building landmark status.


- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Courts • Culture wars • Islam • Politics

August 6th, 2010
11:19 AM ET

Former Liberian warlord 'finds God,' seeks presidency

Prince Johnson - once a rebel commander in Liberia's civil war, and a man accused of crimes against humanity - says he has found God.

Twenty years ago, Johnson personally oversaw the torture and killing of Liberia's former ruler, Samuel Doe. Johnson is now a Liberian senator and a likely presidential candidate. And, he says, a changed man.

"No-one who accepts Christ remains the same," Johnson told CNN. "You are a new creature, a new person.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Africa • Christianity • Liberia • Politics

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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.