August 16th, 2010
04:26 PM ET

August 16th, 2010
04:18 PM ET

My Take: Bloomberg and Obama doing the right thing near near ground zero

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

After 9/11 there was a chance that the American public might call for a war on Islam, and that American politicians might heed that call. But President Bush demonstrated leadership. Although he would have gained political capital among his born-again Christian base by attacking Islam, he insisted that our fight was not against Islam but against evil.

In rhetoric that would now be considered impolitic even among liberal Democrats, President Bush said that Islam is a peaceful religion—“a faith based upon love, not hate,” adding that “America rejects bigotry. We reject every act of hatred against people of Arab background or Muslim faith.”


- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Barack Obama • Islam • Muslim • New York • Politics • Religious liberty • Sarah Palin • United States

August 16th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

The mosque already standing near ground zero

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While controversy engulfs a proposed Islamic center and mosque near ground zero, CNN's Susan Candiotti reports that another mosque has quietly stood nearby for decades.

- CNN Belief Blog

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

August 16th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

My Take: President Obama's assault on Americans' first freedom

Editor's Note: Tony Perkins is President of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.

By Tony Perkins, Special to CNN

President Obama has shifted centuries of U.S. diplomatic parlance. We no longer speak of freedom of religion; now, it is only freedom of worship that our government defends.

This is a radical departure, one that threatens to make true religious liberty vulnerable, conditional and limited. As some have said, it is a freedom "only within four walls." That is, you are free to worship within the four walls of your home, church or synagogue, but when you enter the public square or go abroad, leave your religion at home.

In international forums, President Obama and Secretary Clinton repeatedly have retreated to this "freedom of worship" formulation. This is no accident.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Barack Obama • Homosexuality • Politics • Religious liberty

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