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September 8th, 2010
01:38 PM ET

September 8th, 2010
01:28 PM ET

VFW condemns Quran-burning plan

Editor's note: Richard L. Eubank, a retired Marine and Vietnam combat veteran from Eugene, Oregon, is the national commander of the 2.1 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. and its auxiliaries.

By Richard L. Eubank, Special to CNN

There is little argument that America's respect in the Muslim world has lessened as we enter our 10th year of war against a deadly shadow enemy of religious extremists who wear no uniform, wave no flag and who use their holy book as sword and shield against fellow Muslims as well as all things American.

So what does Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, hope to accomplish by calling for a "Burn a Quran Day" this Saturday, September 11, the ninth anniversary of the worst sneak attack on American soil in our 234-year history?

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Islam • Muslim • Opinion • Quran

September 8th, 2010
10:45 AM ET

Vatican: Quran burning 'outrageous'

Burning the Quran would an "outrageous and grave gesture," the
Vatican said Wednesday, joining a chorus of voices pleading with a small
Florida church not to burn Islam's holy book on the anniversary of the
September 11, 2001, attacks.

The Vatican body responsible for dialogue with other religions said
expressed "great concern" about the plan by Dove World Outreach Center in
Gainesville, Florida.
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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Holidays • Islam • Pope Benedict XVI • Quran • Ramadan

September 8th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

My take: What's a Sufi? (The imam behind New York's Islamic Center is one)

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

In my book, "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World—and Why Their Differences Matter," I underscore the differences between the world’s religions. But the differences are significant—and underappreciated—inside these religions, too.

Muslims in Iran are almost all Shia. Muslims in Saudi Arabia are almost all Sunni. And Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader behind the Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero (pictured), is a Sufi. But what is a Sufi?

Sufism is sometimes discussed as if it were Islam’s third denomination, alongside the Sunni and Shia traditions. But to be a Sufi is to stand in Islam’s mystical tradition, and that stance can be taken up by Sunnis and Shias alike.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog contributor

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Islam • Leaders • Muslim • New York • Opinion

September 8th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

My take: The Imam Feisal I know

Editor's Note: Eboo Patel, Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization building interfaith cooperation and is author of Acts of Faith. Follow him at @EbooPatel. CNN's Soledad O'Brien has an exclusive interview with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on "Larry King Live" Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. Submit questions for the imam via iReport here.

By Eboo Patel, Special to CNN

The first time I saw Imam Feisal - the man behind the proposed Islamic center in New York - speak was at a church.

He opened with the line, “My dear brothers and sisters.” His message was clear and simple: Islam is a faith of peace and pluralism, that above all Muslims believe in loving God and in loving our neighbor and that this is the most powerful common ground Muslims share with Christians and Jews.

He quoted from the Quran, the Constitution and the Bible.

The second time I saw Imam Feisal speak was at a Jewish conference.

He opened with the lines, “My dear brothers and sisters.” His message was clear and simple: Islam is a faith of peace and pluralism, that above all Muslims believe in loving God and loving our neighbor and that this is the most powerful common ground Muslims share with Christians and Jews.

He quoted from the Quran, the Constitution and the Hebrew scriptures.

FULL POST

- CNN Belief Blog

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

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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.

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