January 21st, 2011
04:04 PM ET

Georgia county's graduations to be held in a church

The Cherokee County, Georgia school board in voted unanimously Thursday to continue holding graduations at a church, with more than 200 people showing up for the vote.

For the past several years, all of North Georgia's Cherokee County high schools have held their graduations at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, but recently, a Washington, D.C.-based group threatened to sue the school district on the basis of separation of church and state.

Read the full story on WSBTV.com
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Filed under: Church and state • Georgia • Teens

Bernice King declines SCLC presidency
Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. speaks at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church September 26, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.
January 21st, 2011
01:38 PM ET

Bernice King declines SCLC presidency

The daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has declined the post her father once held as president of the Atlanta-based Southern Christian Leadership Conference, according to a written statement Friday.

The Rev. Bernice A. King was elected to the office in October 2009, the statement said, but never served as president as a string of legal battles divided the 53-year-old organization.

"I envisioned SCLC emerging as the vanguard for next-generation nonviolent activism in the tradition of my father," King said. "Amidst the turmoil, chaos and confusion surrounding SCLC over the last 15 months, my team and I dedicated an exhaustive amount of time, energy and resources to assess the organization and prepare for my transition."

Read the full story here about why Bernice King turned down the SCLC.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Georgia • United States

January 21st, 2011
11:04 AM ET

Radical Islamic infiltration of conservatives?

CNN's Anderson Cooper reports on claims that the American conservative movement is being infiltrated by radical Islamists.

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Filed under: Belief • Church and state • Islam • Muslim • New York • TV • United States

January 21st, 2011
10:18 AM ET

Ricky Gervais says atheism shouldn't offend

Ricky Gervais tells CNN's Piers Morgan why he's an atheist, and why his jokes about God shouldn't offend believers.

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Filed under: Atheism • Belief • TV

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January 2011