November 12th, 2012
02:03 PM ET

First Hindu elected to Congress

By Dana Davidsen, CNN

(CNN) – In an election that broke boundaries, Hawaii elected the nation's first practicing Hindu to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congresswoman-elect Tulsi Gabbard, who will represent the state's second district, told CNN Monday that her election "shows the respect, diversity and love and aloha that people have in Hawaii that would allow for something like this to happen."

The 31-year-old Democrat said she will take her oath of office on the Hindu religious text Bhagavad Gita in January.

"I think it's a perfect time and a great time for Congress to start moving toward this representation on diversity and really this common ideal that regardless of what our differences might be, we all need to come together now to do what's best for the people," Gabbard said.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: 2012 Election • Hinduism • Politics

Salafis call for Islamic law in Egypt protest
Salafists shout slogans demanding the implementation of the sharia in Cairo's Tahrir Square on November 2, 2012.
November 12th, 2012
05:53 AM ET

Salafis call for Islamic law in Egypt protest

By Ben Wedeman,CNN

(CNN) - Thousands of supporters of various Egyptian Salafi groups gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday calling for the immediate implementation of Islamic law.

Before midday prayers, speakers called on the government of President Mohamed Morsy to move quickly to implement Sharia. Morsy won the office as the candidate for the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Freedom and Justice Party.

About 10,000 demonstrators advocating for Sharia filled the square, chanting in unison, "The people want God's law applied."

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Egypt • Islam • Sharia

November 12th, 2012
05:52 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, November 12

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: New archbishop of Canterbury is former oil exec who faces global challenges
It's not a career path followed by many. On Friday, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, a former oil executive, was confirmed as the next archbishop of Canterbury, and as such will become head of the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion. He will take over from Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who has headed the church for more than a decade, in March. Questions over homosexuality and the ordination of women caused public tension and deep division within the Anglican Communion during Williams' tenure, and that pattern looks set to continue.

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (C-R) leads a prayer at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City on November 9, 2012. Kirill arrived in Jerusalem on his first visit to the Holy Land since becoming head of the powerful church in 2009, during which he will visit all the major holy sites.


- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Uncategorized

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