May 25th, 2012
12:43 PM ET

Perkins on opposing same-sex marriage

(CNN)–Tony Perkins, head of the conservative Family Research Council, argues that children lose when gay marriage is legalized and that such unions represent the death knell of marriage.

Perkins  spoke with CNN's Brooke Baldwin.

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Filed under: Christianity • Gay marriage • TV-CNN Newsroom

May 14th, 2012
10:43 AM ET

Televangelist's son preaches tolerance

(CNN)–Jay Bakker, the son of fallen televangelist Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Messner, talks about the politics of gay marriage and tolerance with CNN's Don Lemon.  Bakker is the co-pastor of his own church, Revolution Church in New York City.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Belief • Christianity • Church • Gay marriage • Same-sex marriage • TV-CNN Newsroom

May 8th, 2012
12:09 PM ET

North Carolina votes on marriage amendement Tuesday

(CNN)–As voters head to the polls on a controversial marriage amendment, a North Carolina pastor and an openly gay mayor each explain their side of the debate to CNN's Carol Costello.

On Tuesday, voters will vote on Amendment One, whether or not to amend the state constitution to say that "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State."

While North Carolina already has a law banning same sex marriage, the passage of the amendment would effectively ban same civil unions and domestic partnerships.

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Filed under: Belief • Church and state • Content Partner • Homosexuality • TV-CNN Newsroom

May 1st, 2012
02:41 PM ET

House candidate and rising GOP star is black, female - and Mormon

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - To call Mia Love a minority is an understatement. She’s a black woman who won an upset primary race to become the Republican candidate in Utah’s 4th Congressional District. If elected, she’d be the first black Republican congresswoman in the House of Representatives.

Love, who has attracted lots of national Republican support, also stands out because of her religion: She’s a Mormon. The politician is a poster child for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ campaign to present a more diverse face to a historically very white church.

“There are a lot of people who have tried to define me as a person,” Love, a daughter of Haitian immigrants, told CNN’s Kyra Phillips in an interview Tuesday. “I’m not a victim, and I don’t allow anybody to put me in a box.”


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Filed under: 2012 Election • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints • Mormonism • Politics • TV-CNN Newsroom

April 30th, 2012
12:24 PM ET

Columnist Dan Savage stands by comments on 'bulls**t in the Bible'

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Columnist and gay-rights advocate Dan Savage is standing by his comment that “we can learn to ignore the bulls**t in the Bible about gay people” at a recent conference for high school students, a line that prompted some to walk out and spurred intense online debate.

In a blog post on Sunday, Savage wrote that his remark at a conference for the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association was "being spun as an attack on Christianity. Which is bullshhh… which is untrue.”

“I was not attacking the faith in which I was raised," Savage wrote. "I was attacking the argument that gay people must be discriminated against — and anti-bullying programs that address anti-gay bullying should be blocked (or exceptions should be made for bullying 'motivated by faith') — because it says right there in the Bible that being gay is wrong.”


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Filed under: Bible • Charity • Christianity • Homosexuality • Israel • Schools • TV-CNN Newsroom

April 27th, 2012
02:52 PM ET

Teacher who was fired after fertility treatments sues diocese

By Leigh Remizowski, CNN

(CNN) - A teacher at a Catholic school in Indiana is suing the diocese where she worked after being fired because the in vitro fertilization treatments she received were considered against church teachings.

Emily Herx, a former English teacher at St. Vincent de Paul School in Fort Wayne, filed a federal lawsuit against the school and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.

She says in the suit filed Friday that she was discriminated against in 2011 after the school's pastor found out that she had begun treatments with a fertility doctor, according to the complaint.

Herx says the school's priest called her a "grave, immoral sinner" and told her she should have kept mum about her fertility treatments because some things are "better left between the individual and God," the complaint said.

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Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Christianity • TV-CNN Newsroom

April 12th, 2012
03:11 PM ET

Scholar doubts 'Resurrection' box claim

(CNN)–Rob Cargill doubts an archaeologist actually found early signs of Christianity in the so-called "Jesus Family tomb."

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • TV-CNN Newsroom

March 2nd, 2012
09:08 AM ET

Lesbian: 'Denied communion' at mom's funeral

(CNN)–CNN's Brooke Baldwin spoke to Barbara Johnson who says a priest denied her communion at her mother's funeral Mass at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland because she is a lesbian.


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Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Christianity • Content Partner • Homosexuality • TV-CNN Newsroom

February 22nd, 2012
12:06 PM ET

Graham clarifies remarks on Obama's faith

By the CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – The Rev. Franklin Graham clarified his thoughts on President Barack Obama's Christian faith Wednesday, one day after the evangelical leader took heat over making comments about the president's ties to Islam.

"I don't question the president's faith. I'm not questioning whether he's a Christian," Graham said on CNN's "Newsroom." "I disagree with his position on abortion."

On Tuesday, Graham stirred controversy when he expressed uncertainty over whether the president is sincere enough in his faith.

He said when he asked Obama about how he became a Christian, the president said he joined a church in Chicago after becoming a community organizer, leaving Graham to speculate whether he became a Christian for the right motives.

Read the full story here from CNN's Political Ticker
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Filed under: Belief • Billy Graham • Christianity • Church and state • TV-CNN Newsroom

Got a question for Oliver Stone’s son on his Muslim conversion?
Sean Stone in Tehran in 2011.
February 22nd, 2012
08:03 AM ET

Got a question for Oliver Stone’s son on his Muslim conversion?

Got a question for famed director Oliver Stone’s son, who reportedly converted to Islam last week in Iran?

Sean Stone, 27 and also a filmmaker, will be on CNN Newsroom Wednesday during the 1 PM ET hour. Post a question in comments and we may ask it during the interview.

The son of Oscar-winning director converted to Islam last week in a ceremony in central Iran, a national news agency reported.


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Filed under: TV-CNN Newsroom

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