October 1st, 2010
07:47 PM ET

CNN's Rick Sanchez out after controversial comments on Jews

CNN anchor Rick Sanchez left the network Friday afternoon, a day after making some controversial comments, including this about TV host Jon Stewart:

"I'm telling you that everybody who runs CNN is a lot like Stewart, and a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart, and to imply that somehow they, the people in this country who are Jewish, are an oppressed minority? Yeah."

Sanchez was responding to a question from XM Sirius radio host Pete Dominick, who noted that Stewart is Jewish after Sanchez had called him "a bigot," saying Stewart is biased against "everybody else who's not like him."

Full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Judaism • TV

October 1st, 2010
04:28 PM ET

Your comments on religious knowledge quiz

There's a torrent of comments on our story this week about most Americans scoring 50 percent or less on a Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life quiz measuring knowledge of the Bible, world religions and what the Constitution says about religion.

(If you haven't yet taken our quiz, which includes 10 questions from the Pew study, you really should.)

Brian theorizes on why those with no religion outperformed religious Americans on the quiz:

Religion is the tool used by the few to control the uneducated.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Islam • Mormonism • Polls

October 1st, 2010
03:08 PM ET

Muslims speak - and sing - for themselves

Native Deen, a Muslim hip-hop group, adds its voice to the 'My Faith My Voice' grassroots campaign. From left to right are Joshua Salaam, Abdul-Malik Ahmad and Naeem Muhammad.

They’d grown tired of the frenzy swirling around discussions of an Islamic center near ground zero. They were sick of being feared and misunderstood. They didn't want the same talking heads representing them and their beliefs.

So a grassroots campaign called “My Faith My Voice” was born to let everyday Muslims speak for themselves.

Launched online one month ago by young American Muslim professionals in the Washington, D.C., area, the online campaign invites Muslims to upload their own 30-second message to Americans – a public service announcement, of sorts, to help viewers understand who American Muslims really are.


- CNN Writer/Producer

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

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