August 30th, 2010
02:10 PM ET

'Mutant' Christians?

Anne Havard, an Atlanta teen, is passionate and articulate about her faith – a rarity, according to an author.

“Mutant Christians."

The phrase sounds like the title of a 1950s science fiction B movie. I can even see the lurid movie poster showing disfigured churchgoers lumbering through panicked city streets.

But it’s actually a term invoked in a recent article I wrote that provoked at least 5,000 reader comments and 32,000 Facebook shares.

The article didn't just divide readers - it made me think as well.

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Culture wars • Faith • Mormonism • United States

August 30th, 2010
02:02 PM ET

U.S. Muslims launch ad to fight 'fear-mongering'

A doctor. A cop. A little girl. A Phillies fan.

They're all Muslims. And, they emphasize in a new online commercial that begins appearing this week, they're all Americans.

"I don't want to take over this country," the dozen-plus speakers say in the public service announcement. "I don't support terrorism."

The online video is an effort to fight back against "the rising tide of fear-mongering" resulting from plans to build a Muslim community center in lower Manhattan in New York, the group behind it said.

Read the full story

Watch the video here.

- CNN Belief Blog

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

August 30th, 2010
01:20 PM ET

Ramadan road trip: Not all Kumbaya

Two young Muslim Americans are taking a cross-country spiritual journey at a fascinating time in the nation’s history.

Just this weekend, conservative commentator Glenn Beck stood before a crowd of hundreds of thousands in the nation's capital and proclaimed that "America today begins to turn back to God."

Hours earlier, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, four construction vehicles used for the groundbreaking of an Islamic mosque were vandalized and damaged in a fire suspected to be arson. The mosque has faced stiff local resistance.

Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq are on Day 19 of their cross-country trip to 30 mosques in 30 states during the holy month of Ramadan. Beginning in New York, they traveled down the East Coast to the South and then onward West, covering thousands of miles and meeting Muslims of all walks of life.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Culture wars • Faith • Holidays • Islam • Journeys • Mosque • Ramadan • Traditions • United States

August 30th, 2010
12:12 PM ET

Strippers vs. church

Editor's note: We'll let this post just speak for itself.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church and state

August 30th, 2010
11:59 AM ET

Faces of Faith: Christian radio show too racy?

Editor's note: In this week's Faces of Faith, CNN's TJ Holmes reports on a Christian radio show some say is too racy. Remember you can catch Faces of Faith every Sunday on CNN.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science

August 30th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Catholic Church defends male-only priesthood

Barring women from being Catholic priests is not the result of sexism 2,000 years ago, it's because women cannot fulfill a basic function of the priesthood, "standing in the place of Jesus," a leading British Catholic thinker argued Monday.

"This teaching is not at all a judgment on women's abilities or rights. It says something about the specific role of the priest in Catholic understanding - which is to represent Jesus, to stand in his place," argued Father Stephen Wang in a statement sent out by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales.

It's rare for the Catholic Church to defend its fundamental positions in this way.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Anglican • Catholic Church • Leaders • Pope Benedict XVI • United Kingdom

August 30th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Jeremy Camp: I was overcome recording new album

Christian rocker Jeremy Camp

While recording the bridge of the song "Overcome" on his new album, Christian music singer Jeremy Camp says he was literally overcome.  

He had to stop when he got to these words:  

We will overcome
By the blood of the Lamb
And the word of our testimony
Everyone overcome

Camp said he was overcome by what he said was God's presence in the studio. In the booth, he could see his producer and his father with hands raised.  


- Producer/Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Culture & Science • Music

August 30th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

My Take: Beck’s rally was about restoring virtue and God's place

Editor's Note: Jim Garlow, Senior Pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, California, is a radio commentator and author of Heaven and the Afterlife: What Happens When You Die?

By Jim Garlow, Special to CNN

What was the theme of Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally? As someone who attended the combined six hours of the Friday and Saturday events, the themes were obvious.

For starters, a call to decency reigned. Not some bland, gray, boring form of mundane living, but rather the centuries-old respectable virtues that gave us the America we now enjoy.

Sometime around 1960, morals jumped off the bridge without first attaching the bungee cord. The result is a nation with everything from devastated families, drug- and crime-infested communities to a hedonistically driven national debt.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Opinion • Politics

August 30th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

My take: Losing my faith after Hurricane Katrina

Editor's Note: Kathleen Koch is a Washington-based freelance journalist, author and speaker. Her new book, “Rising from Katrina,” traces her Mississippi hometown’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina and her experiences covering it. For 18 years, she was a CNN correspondent.

By Kathleen Koch, Special to CNN

Five years ago, when Hurricane Katrina was bearing down on New Orleans, I prayed. I prayed that the monster storm would veer east and spare the 1.3 million residents of the city and its surrounding parishes. I knew I was praying the hurricane right into my hometown, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Katrina’s eye roared onshore at the state line and then churned east over Mississippi. The sustained 125-mph winds and 30-plus-foot storm surge shredded the house where I’d grown up, my neighborhood, the town and most of the eighty-mile-long Mississippi Gulf Coast.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Faith • Louisiana • Opinion • United States

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