August 7th, 2010
06:23 PM ET

CNN host returns award from Jewish group over Islamic center stance

Fareed Zakaria, the CNN host and Newsweek columnist, has returned a prestigious prize to the Anti-Defamation League, another rebuke for the esteemed civil rights group's opposition to an Islamic center near ground zero.

Zakaria, who received the ADL's Hubert Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize five years ago, gave back the honor to ADL for publicly siding "with those urging the relocation" of the center, which would be located near the site of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

"I cannot in good conscience hold onto the award or the honorarium that came with it and am returning both," he said.

Watch Zakaria explain his decision

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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Houses of worship • Islam • Judaism • Mosque • TV

August 7th, 2010
03:19 PM ET

Fareed Zakaria to return Anti-Defamation League award over ground zero mosque

Here's a statement the Anti-Defamation League released yesterday in response to Zakaria's announcement:


New York, NY, August 6, 2010 … In response to Fareed Zakaria returning an award that was presented to him in 2005, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said it was “saddened, stunned and somewhat speechless” by his decision.


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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Judaism • Muslim • Religious liberty

August 7th, 2010
03:05 PM ET

Ten killed in Afghanistan worked for Christian group

The ten medical team members shot dead in Afghanistan Thursday were working for a Christian group, the International Assistance Mission. The Taliban, which claimed responsibility for the attack, accused them of carrying Bibles.

Hans Ronnlund, the assistant to the executive director of the mission group, denied statements by the Taliban that the medical staff was carrying Bibles. Ronnlund said the International Assistance Mission is a humanitarian development organization formed by various Christian groups, but said medical staffers do not carry Bibles.


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Filed under: Afghanistan • Christianity • Missionaries • Violence

August 7th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

God and Christopher Hitchens: The plot thickens

Christopher Hitchens (right) with author Mark Danner in 2004.

Author and outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens talked to CNN's Anderson Cooper this week about how his recent cancer diagnosis, which he considers a likely death sentence, has failed to alter his views on religion or God.

Watch the interview here.

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Filed under: Atheism • Books

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