March 6th, 2012
12:16 PM ET

Pressure mounts over NYPD Muslim surveillance

(CNN)– Pressure mounts on the NYPD over surveillance of Muslims. CNN's Mary Snow has more.

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Filed under: Belief • Church and state • Crime • Islam • TV-The Situation Room

March 6th, 2012
09:09 AM ET

Daniel Pearl's proxy baptism by Mormons upsets family

Read the Belief Blog's story about Daniel Pearl's proxy baptism and our explainer on why Mormons perform baptisms for the dead.

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Filed under: Judaism • Mormonism • TV-The Situation Room

February 28th, 2012
09:46 AM ET

Judge’s dismissal of atheist's harassment claim against Muslim makes waves

By Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd, CNN

(CNN) - A protester who ridiculed the Muslim prophet Mohammed claims he was assaulted by a Muslim who was offended by the stunt, but a judge has sympathized with the alleged perpetrator, in a case that has drawn national attention.

Self-proclaimed atheist Ernie Perce marched in a Halloween parade in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania last October, dressed in a costume mocking Mohammed.

In a YouTube video he posted, Perce can be seen wearing a long fake beard, a white turban and green face paint, calling out provocative phrases like: "I am the prophet Mohammed! Zombie from the dead!" Perce and someone else in a zombie-themed pope costume are carrying a banner that reads "The Parading Atheists of Central Pennsylvania / Ghoulish – Godless – God-Awful."

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Then a man who is not seen on the video can be heard saying, "Take it down." Amid sounds of a scuffle, Perce can be heard saying "Hey, he's attacking me!"


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Filed under: Atheism • Halloween • Islam • TV-The Situation Room

February 24th, 2012
11:12 AM ET

Obama apologizes to Afghanistan for Quran burning

From Masoud Popalzai and Nick Paton Walsh, CNN

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) - Afghan rage over the burning of Qurans by NATO troops continued Thursday even after a President Barack Obama apologized for the "error."

Afghanistan erupted in violent demonstrations after the troops burned the Islamic religious material at the beginning of the week.

Two American troops were killed Thursday by a man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform, a U.S. official said, asking not to be named discussing casualties. The gunman is thought to have been acting in conjunction with a protest outside the base, the official said.

In a letter delivered to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Obama called the act "inadvertent," Karzai's office and National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said Thursday.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Islam • Quran • TV-The Situation Room

February 11th, 2012
08:45 AM ET

Catholics covering contraception on the state level

(CNN)– In states like New York, contraception is already covered at some Catholic institutions because of state laws. CNN's Mary Snow has more.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Belief • Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Content Partner • Politics • TV-The Situation Room

January 2nd, 2012
01:36 PM ET

Explaining Iowa's evangelical vote

(CNN)– CNN's Lisa Sylvester explains how Iowa's evangelicals became a powerful voting bloc at the caucuses.

And don't miss CNN.com Religion Editor Dan Gilgoff's exploration in Des Moines, Iowa: Why do Iowa’s evangelicals wield so much political clout?

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Filed under: Belief • Politics • TV-The Situation Room

December 13th, 2011
08:26 AM ET

Gingrich promises 'personal fidelity' in pledge

By Kevin Liptak, CNN

(CNN) – Newt Gingrich stepped up his efforts to appeal to evangelical Christian voters in Iowa Monday by promising in writing to "defend and strengthen the family."

Gingrich, who has been married three times, specifically said he would "uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others."

Gingrich made the pledge to The Family Leader, a socially conservative group based in Iowa. The organization has its own Marriage Pledge that other 2012 White House hopefuls have signed, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Minnesota Rep.

Read the full story here from CNN's Political Ticker
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Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Content Partner • TV-The Situation Room

Perry hits Obama for war on faith, despite a ghost of 'holiday season' past
December 7th, 2011
04:54 PM ET

Perry hits Obama for war on faith, despite a ghost of 'holiday season' past

By Kevin Liptak, CNN

(CNN) – Rick Perry doubled down on his religion-based attack of President Barack Obama Wednesday, saying the president was preventing students from celebrating Christmas in schools. But just last year, Perry issued a holiday statement as governor of Texas that omits any mention of the Christian holiday.

In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Perry said Obama and the political left were waging a "war on religious traditions," including preventing students from praying in schools and having Christmas parties.

"What we're seeing from the left, of which I would suggest to you, President Obama is a member of the left and substantial left-of-center beliefs, that you can't even have a Christmas party. You can't say a prayer at school," Perry said in an interview airing on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

But in a holiday statement to troops issued by his office on Dec. 22, 2010 and posted on the governor's website, Perry fails to mention Christmas at all, sticking instead to more general terms like "holiday season."

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Filed under: Politics • Religious liberty • Rick Perry • TV-The Situation Room

November 30th, 2011
07:34 PM ET

Hotel cites national security defense in discrimination suit

(CNN)–The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in DC barred a Muslim employee from serving an Israeli delegation, claiming it had no choice but to comply with a national security mandate from the U.S. government. CNN’s Barbara Starr reports.

Read the full story from CNN's Security Clearance
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Filed under: TV-The Situation Room

September 27th, 2011
10:22 AM ET

Rick Perry dances with rabbis

(CNN)–Video of GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry dancing with a group of rabbis during Hanukkah surfaces on YouTube.

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Filed under: Belief • Holidays • Judaism • Politics • Rick Perry • TV-The Situation Room

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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.