September 7th, 2012
12:19 PM ET

Unpacking the 5 faithy moments from Obama’s convention speech

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Barack Obama’s Thursday convention speech contained insights into the president’s faith life and subtle messages to religious voters - if you knew what to listen for.

Here are the five faithy moments I caught. What did I miss?

1. Obama spoke to the evolution of his faith life during his first term, in lines that echoed his speech last year at the National Prayer Breakfast:

"While I'm proud of what we've achieved together, I'm far more mindful of my own failings, knowing exactly what Lincoln meant when he said, 'I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.' "

Obama’s message to religious voters: I pray more than ever and am acutely aware of my limits as a mere mortal.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 2012 Election • Barack Obama • Politics

September 7th, 2012
06:28 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Friday, September 7

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:

CNN: Catholic bishop convicted of shielding priest
A judge in Kansas City, Missouri, has sentenced a Catholic bishop to two years on probation for failure to report suspected child abuse, officials said Thursday. Bishop Robert W. Finn, 59, is the highest-ranking Catholic official to be convicted during the church's long sexual abuse scandal. Finn won't serve any jail time or pay a fine, the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney's office said. The misdemeanor charge had a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a fine of as much as $1,000.

CNN: Conventions leave atheists asking: What political party represents me?
This convention season has not been good for atheists. The word "God" was reinserted in the Democratic platform after it had been removed. A plan to raise atheist billboards in the convention cities was stymied by opponents. And though there were preachers and rabbis and other religious leaders opening and closing each day of each convention, there wasn’t an avowed atheist talking up unbelief on either convention’s speaking list. The political lockout has left many nonbelievers asking, “What political party represents me?”


- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Uncategorized

September 7th, 2012
05:39 AM ET

Judge in Pakistan grants bail to Christian girl accused of blasphemy

By Reza Sayah and Nasir Habib, CNN

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) - A Pakistani judge on Friday granted bail to Rimsha, a 14-year-old Christian girl detained over accusations she burned pages of the Quran in a case that has heightened religious tensions in the volatile country.

The All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, which represents religious minorities in the country, will pay the sum of roughly $10,000 to secure Rimsha's release from jail, said Tahir Naveed Chaudhry, one of her lawyers and a leading member of the alliance.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Christianity • Islam • Pakistan • Quran

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.