June 20th, 2011
01:42 PM ET

NBC apologizes for cutting 'Under God' from Pledge of Allegiance

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Washington (CNN) -
NBC is calling it a mulligan. During the Sunday broadcast of the final round of golf's U.S. Open coverage the broadcast showed a taped vignette at the beginning of the show.

It featured children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance but omitted them saying the phrase "under God, indivisible."

The video montage showed historic golf footage, patriotic imagery, and landmarks from the nation's capital because this year's tournament was taking place at Congressional Country club just outside Washington.

The rest of the children's recitation of the pledge was presented in full.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Sports • TV

Church of England clears way for gay, celibate bishops
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who leads the Church of England.
June 20th, 2011
06:29 AM ET

Church of England clears way for gay, celibate bishops

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

The Church of England cannot refuse to appoint bishops simply because they are gay, but it can insist that they remain celibate, the denomination's lawyers have told it.

It would be wrong for boards appointing bishops to take account "of the fact that a candidate had identified himself as of gay sexual orientation," says the legal advice, which the Church of England published Monday.

But church rules do bar anyone in a sexual relationship outside marriage from becoming a bishop - which implies that a gay man can become a bishop only if he is celibate.


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Anglican • Gay rights • United Kingdom

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