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."
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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?
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:
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.
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."
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