August 2nd, 2012
10:48 PM ET

Faith vs. performance at the Olympics

(CNN) - Ramadan proves challenging for Muslim athletes and weightlifter Khadija Mohammad is torn about fasting during the games.

- CNN's Laura Koran

Filed under: Islam • Middle East • Sports • United Arab Emirates

August 2nd, 2012
11:30 AM ET

'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day' sets record, restaurant chain says

Chick-fil-A says it set a sales record on Wednesday, the day that supporters rallied around the fast-food chain amid a debate over its president's opposition to same-sex marriage.

The chain said it won't release sales numbers, but "we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day," said Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A's executive vice president of marketing.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had called on people to buy food at the chain on Wednesday, which he dubbed "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," after a backlash against the company and their president.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Food • Gay marriage • Gay rights • Money & Faith

August 2nd, 2012
08:20 AM ET

Snoop Dogg is a Rasta now, so what's Rastafari?

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - Rapper Snoop Dogg announced Monday that he's burying his name and old career, all because of a religious experience with Rastafari, an Afrocentric religion with origins in Jamaica. Snoop Dogg wants to be called Snoop Lion and instead of rapping on his latest album now he'll be singing reggae.

"I want to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion," he said at a Monday press conference. "I didn't know that until I went to the temple, where the high priest asked me what my name was, and I said, 'Snoop Dogg.' And he looked me in my eyes and said, 'No more. You are the light; you are the lion.'

"From that moment on," Snoop said, "it's like I had started to understand why I was there."

Snoop Lion has a new single, "La la la," and a documentary "Reincarnated," which follows his recent trip to Jamaica and chronicles his conversion experience. It debuts at the Toronto Film Festival next month.

So what exactly is Rastafari? Here are some basic questions and answers:


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Americas • Culture & Science • Media • Music • Race

August 2nd, 2012
04:30 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, August 2

By Laura Koran, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: Chick-fil-A restaurants become rallying points for supporters
Throngs of people weighed in on the Chick-fil-A debate at stores across the United States on Wednesday, buying chicken sandwiches to show their support for the restaurant chain and its president's opposition to same-sex marriage. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee dubbed it "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day." He called for a vocal response to the backlash against the fast food restaurants and their president.


- CNN's Laura Koran

Filed under: Uncategorized

New York’s 'Magenta yenta' candidate vows to 'leave the pink at home'
Mindy Meyer, a Jewish orthodox 22-year old who catapulted herself to internet stardom with her pink engulfed campaign website says she will "leave the pink at home."
August 2nd, 2012
04:00 AM ET

New York’s 'Magenta yenta' candidate vows to 'leave the pink at home'

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) - What do you get when you mix leopard print, pop group LMFAO's song "Sexy and I Know It" and a law student who calls herself the "diva of the district?"

Answer: Mindy Meyer's New York Senate campaign website.

After catapulting herself to internet stardom with her very pink campaign, the orthodox Jewish 22-year old from Brooklyn now tells CNN she is planning to "leave the pink at home" because of all the negative media attention she has received.


- Dan Merica

Filed under: Judaism • New York • Politics

About this blog

The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.