'God' also absent from Democrats' platform
September 4th, 2012
05:22 PM ET

'God' also absent from Democrats' platform

By Kevin Liptak, CNN

(CNN) – Democrats omitted the word "God" from their 2012 platform, a change from the party's 2008 document and a noticeable split from Republicans, who mention God ten times in their official party stance.

In 2008, Democrats wrote, "We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential."

The paragraph extolling the value of hard work in 2012 reads, "We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth-the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us."

- Dan Merica

Filed under: 2012 Election • God • Politics

5 ways faith will matter at the Democratic National Convention
Sister Simone Campbell, who led a progressive "nuns on the bus tour" earlier this year, is speaking at the Democrats' convention.
September 4th, 2012
01:15 PM ET

5 ways faith will matter at the Democratic National Convention

By Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editors

Charlotte, North Carolina (CNN) - You can't have a political convention in the Bible Belt, in Billy Graham's home state, and not expect religion to play a role.

Here are our predictions for how faith (and faithlessness) will intersect with this week's Democratic National Convention.

What are we missing? Let us know in comments and on Twitter and we'll amend our list.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Politics

September 4th, 2012
08:07 AM ET

Christians take discrimination cases to Europe's top court

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

Four British Christians urged Europe's top court Tuesday to rule that they faced discrimination because of their religious beliefs.

Two women accuse their employers of refusing to let them wear crosses openly at work.

Alongside them, a woman who declined to register gay civil partnerships and a man who did not want to give sex therapy to same-sex couples say they were unfairly dismissed from their jobs.

Gary McFarlane, the relationship counselor, said he was pleased with the way Tuesday's hearing went.

"Today, for the first time, I heard somebody talking about my rights," he said. "Surely I have some rights. I am a member of society. I have some beliefs."


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Britain • Christianity • Church and state • Europe • Religious liberty

September 4th, 2012
06:12 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, September 04

By Arielle Hawkins, 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:

First on CNN: Who’s delivering prayers at the DNC
President Barack Obama has a penchant for using high-profile prayer givers to send messages to the nation. The Obama campaign sent us a list of who will be delivering the opening and closing prayers each day at this week’s Democratic National Convention. Here’s a cheat sheet of who the prayer givers are – and why they matter:

CNN: Desmond Tutu says Blair, Bush should be 'made to answer' for Iraq
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Sunday that Tony Blair and George W. Bush should be "made to answer" at the International Criminal Court for their actions around the Iraq war.


- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Uncategorized

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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.