Polygamist leader Jeffs faces January bigamy trial
December 8th, 2010
08:23 PM ET

Polygamist leader Jeffs faces January bigamy trial

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Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, who calls himself a prophet, asked a judge on Wednesday to delay his bigamy trial so he can find a Texas lawyer.

Jeffs, 55, leads the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the FLDS. The charges - bigamy and sexual assault - stem from an alleged spiritual marriage to a 12-year-old girl.

Jeffs' Nevada-based attorney, Richard Wright, sought to delay the trial, which is to begin January 24. But Judge Barbara Walther denied that request, saying the church leader has long known about the charges in Texas and had plenty of time to seek counsel.

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December 8th, 2010
03:26 PM ET

My Take: A Royal pain

Editor's Note: Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio is ordained in the Episcopal Church and has taught a variety of educational institutions, including Yale University. She is also the author of "God and Harry at Yale: Faith and Fiction in the Classroom."

By Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio, Special to CNN

While the rest of the world seems buoyed by prospects of a fairytale royal wedding, I find myself asking the following: why do Kate Middleton and Prince William bother me so much?

At first I thought it was something about them in particular.

Perhaps it was their incongruities with other famous pairs: Kate has yet to make the kind of gaffes—cue the use of alcohol, drugs, and prostitution—that humanize (and demonize) others in the public sphere, while William, unlike other members of his family, actually seems to have a career whose success depends more upon his hard work than his title.


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Filed under: Anglican • Christianity • Church • Church and state • Europe • Opinion • United Kingdom

December 8th, 2010
03:04 PM ET

Embattled N.Y. imam launches initiative to bridge discord

Editor's Note: This report comes from the CNN Wire staff in New York.

The controversial head of a Muslim congregation in New York announced the launch of a "multinational, multifaith movement" meant to improve understanding and build trust between "people of all cultures and faith traditions," according to a statement released Tuesday.

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the public face of a recent political firestorm surrounding the construction of an Islamic center in Lower Manhattan, is now spearheading what he calls the Cordoba Movement.

The initiative is meant to broaden his groups' work in promoting religious tolerance and "expand learning among Muslims, Jews, Christians and people of all faiths," the statement said.

"We must retake the discourse among religions and cultures from the hands of the extremists around the world who benefit from hatred and violence," Rauf said in the statement. "We must stop this downward spiral of hatred, mistrust and misunderstanding if our world is to have a peaceful future."

It is unclear how the initiative will work to accomplish that goal.

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Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Belief • Houses of worship • Interfaith issues • Islam • Mosque

December 8th, 2010
12:30 PM ET

Bishop Long's sex case in mediation

CNN's Joe Johns reports on efforts to mediate a settlement in the case of bishop Eddie Long who was accused in court filings of having sex with young men.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Courts • Pastors

December 8th, 2010
10:43 AM ET

Sufi's mark annual ritual in Egypt

A mystical branch of Islam called "Sufism" performs an annual ritual of the "Siyaha" festival in Egypt's Western Desert.

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Filed under: Belief • Holidays • Islam • Muslim

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