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Mormon leader's comments on homosexuality provoke protests
October 8th, 2010
06:28 PM ET

Mormon leader's comments on homosexuality provoke protests

Editor's Note: CNN Salt Lake City affiliate KSTU has this report about a protest outside the headquarters of the Mormon Church.

Thousands of gay activists held a silent protest outside the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Thursday.

The protestors expressed outrage to comments made by church leader Elder Boyd K. Packer saying homosexuality is an immoral condition that can and should be overcome. Packer, president of the church's Quorum of Twelve Apostles, made the comments Sunday during a semiannual conference.

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October 8th, 2010
11:39 AM ET

O'Donnell to CNN: 'I've matured'

Editor's Note: CNN's Jim Acosta and Bonney Kapp caught up with Christine O'Donnell on the campaign trail. During their interview the topic of her faith came up.

Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell granted me a 10-minute interview at her campaign headquarters on Thursday. Here are the highlights:

On the Bill Maher tapes: "No I haven't been embarrassed. And I'm not saying that I'm proud. You know, obviously what they're trying to do is paint a picture of who I was 20 years ago. I've matured in my faith. I've matured in my policies. Today you have a 40-something woman running for office. Not a 20-year-old. So that's a big difference."

"A lot of what I said ... I had a new-found faith and I saw this an opportunity to talk about the faith on national TV and more as a ministry opportunity. But voters need to rest assured that when I go to Washington D.C., it's the Constitution by which I will make all of my decisions. And I will defend their right to disagree with me."

Read the full story here.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Delaware • Politics • United States

October 8th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Israel grants hundreds of Druze passage to Syria for first time

CNN’s Paul Colsey filed this report from Jerusalem:

Israel has granted permission for 300 Druze clerics to travel to Syria, an Israel Interior Ministry official told CNN Thursday, marking the first time the Jewish state has allowed so many Druze to visit Syria for a religious pilgrimage and to visit relatives.

Said Mudani, representative for minorities at Israel's Interior Ministry, said the move came in a response to a request by Druze spiritual leader Wafaq Tarif.

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- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Druze • Israel • Middle East • Syria

October 8th, 2010
11:22 AM ET

Rabbi: Why evangelical Christians give millions to Israel

CNN's Izzy Lemberg filed this report from Jerusalem:

In the last 12 months, the evangelical Christian community in the United States has given $100 million to charitable causes in Israel, according to Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Founder and President of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

Eckstein made his comments this week at a soup kitchen his evangelical group funds in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market, situated in one of the city's underprivileged neighbourhoods.

It was the first stop in a press tour the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews organized to highlight their activities.

Next on the itinerary was a Jewish religious school for girls, where the mostly evangelical organization funds educational programs aimed at helping Ethiopian immigrants integrate into Israeli society. Jerusalem is one of 160 Israeli cities in which the organization is active.

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- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Israel • Judaism • Middle East • Money & Faith

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