September 30th, 2010
08:59 AM ET

iReports capture Atlanta pastors blasting, defending pastor Eddie Long

Two new CNN iReports capture Atlanta pastors with opposite takes on the sexual coercion allegations facing Pastor Eddie Long, who's also based in the Atlanta area.

In one iReport, Dennis A. Meredith (pictured), Affirming Pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atlanta - which Meredith calls the largest church-based transgendered ministry in the southeastern U.S. - blasts Long for his alleged behavior and for his past criticism of homosexuality. The video was made by an independent filmmaker and submitted by a member of Meredith's congregation.

View the iReport video of Meredith here.

Mark Anthony Mitchell, Sr., is Senior Pastor of Atlanta Urban Foursquare Church and Executive Director of Jesus for Justice Poor People’s Campaign, a nonprofit community development corporation. Close to Long in the past, Mitchell has penned a defense of the pastor, calling it an "open letter from his spiritual son."

Here's the top:

As a once favored son of Bishop Eddie L Long, I have gotten many calls this week from associates near and afar asking me my current thoughts on my spiritual fathers’ current situation. Many have advised me to distance myself from him implying that my acknowledgement of him may be an affront to my character, accountability and integrity.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Georgia • iReport • Pastors • United States

September 7th, 2010
09:41 PM ET

What would you ask the imam behind the Islamic center near ground zero?

CNN has secured an exclusive interview with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf , the man behind the proposed Islamic center near New York's ground zero. We want you to help generate the questions we ask.

The live interview happens Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on a special edition of "Larry King Live."

Before his editorial in the New York Times was published online Tuesday night, Rauf had said virtually nothing to the news media since the controversy over his project erupted this summer - even after President Obama himself weighed in. The imam has been out of the country for the last month or so.

Now that he's finally talking, what would you ask him?


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Houses of worship • Interfaith issues • iReport • Islam • Leaders • Mosque • Muslim

May 27th, 2010
02:31 PM ET

Are atheists proselytizing here?

The pastor/iReporter who told us how he devises his church sign messages has e-mailed about negative comments on his post:

Is the response from the "non-faith" community always so hostile? I have to wonder why disbelievers even go to a "Belief Blog". My hypothesis is that they go there to try to convert believers to disbelief. I find that an interesting possibility since part of what so many object to is the use of the church sign (and any other means) to try to convert people to become Christians.

Worth noting that this blog is for believers, non-believers and disbelievers alike - and includes coverage of atheists, secular humanists and other non-faith traditions. Covering the world of beliefs has to include those who challenge beliefs and who are agnostic about them.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: iReport • Opinion

May 26th, 2010
12:08 PM ET

Alabama church signs iReport: 'Sermons in a Sentence'

Among the submissions we received for CNN's recent church sign iReport was a voice-tracked montage from an Alabama-based iReporter who calls herself amandawriter.

"After seeing the church signs assignment, I had to take a drive this afternoon around my region here in central Alabama," she says. "There are so many churches - and so many stereotypes about the Bible Belt, especially its supposed religious intolerance - that I wanted to see what the signs actually reflected. What I discovered might surprise you."


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Church • Culture & Science • iReport

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