Baldwin goes behind camera for faith-based video
Stephen Baldwin (left) partnered with singer Cory Lamb on the video "Break the Cycle"
May 20th, 2011
05:27 PM ET

Baldwin goes behind camera for faith-based video

By Steve Almasy, CNN

(CNN) - Singer Cory Lamb’s new single is called “Break the Cycle,” a song about going from the world where you exist for yourself to one where you live for God.

“It’s about being in the world, not of it,” Lamb said recently by phone from New York.

The message of the song resonates with Stephen Baldwin, the youngest of the acting Baldwin siblings and a devout Christian who has been known to share his story of redemption - and his own breaking of “the cycle.”

Baldwin, who says he was born again shortly after the attacks of 9/11, directed the video for Lamb’s debut song on his new CD, also entitled “Break the Cycle.” It’s the first time Baldwin has ever directed a music video. But he seemed unfazed by being behind the camera instead of being in his usual spot out front.


- Producer/Writer

Filed under: Culture & Science • Faith • Florida • Music • TV

May 15th, 2011
07:28 AM ET

U.S. imams arrested for alleged Pakistani Taliban links

Miami (CNN) - Two South Florida imams and a third family member were arrested Saturday on charges of providing support to the Pakistani Taliban, the Justice Department said.

In addition, three others in Pakistan were also indicted on the same charges.

FBI agents arrested Hafiz Khan and his son Izhar Khan in South Florida, the department said. They are expected to make their initial court appearance in federal court Monday.

Another of Hafiz Khan's sons, Irfan Khan, was arrested in Los Angeles and will appear in court there.

Also charged are three Pakistani residents: Ali Rehman, Alam Zeb and Amina Khan. Amina Khan is Hafiz Khan's daughter, and Zeb is his grandson.

Read the indictment (pdf).

Read the full story here about the arrested imams.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Florida • Islam • United States

April 19th, 2011
12:42 PM ET

Festival proves magic is in the matzo ball memories

By Jerry Simonson, CNN Senior Photojournalist

Lauderhill, Florida (CNN) - As Jewish families around the world sit down at the Seder dinner table to commemorate the Passover holiday, conversations will no doubt turn to an age-old debate. No, not the question of tax cuts versus tax increase. It's a discussion that has as many diverse opinions as any political dispute: "Who makes the best matzo balls?"

In the quest to answer this question the South Florida Golden Matzo Bowl was held. Among the judges was a Catholic priest responsible for choosing the winner in the "Father Knows Best Award."

Local chefs took up the challenge and brought their version of matzo balls to the Forest Trace community center in Lauderhill, Florida. Among the other titles to be awarded were "Most Like Mama," "Chef's Choice," and the ultimate prize, a chance to be crowned "Best All-Around Matzo Ball."

Residents lined up to taste the food and let their voices be heard, casting votes for the "People's Choice" prize. A matzo-ball-juggling chef on stilts worked the room with his rubber chicken; it was "game on."


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Florida • Food • Holidays • Judaism • United States

Timeline of Florida's Quran-burning pastor
Florida pastor Terry Jones.
April 1st, 2011
01:33 PM ET

Timeline of Florida's Quran-burning pastor

On Friday, a bloody attack on a United Nations building in Mazar-e Sharif is suspected to have been carried out by a mob protesting  last month's Quran burning by Pastor Terry Jones.  The Florida pastor made headlines last year when he threatened to burn Qurans to protest Islam, on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  On March 20, he went through with the act, this time failing to attract widespread media attention.  However, the incident triggered outrage in Pakistan, which condemned the desecration and called for him to be charged with terrorism.  Here's a timeline of events leading up to the Quran burning:


- CNN.com Senior Producer

Filed under: Florida • Islam • Pakistan • Quran

March 6th, 2011
12:15 PM ET

Celibacy and the priesthood

CNN's Becky Anderson talks with Father Alberto Cutie, an American priest who was at the center of a celibacy scandal.  Anderson asked Cutie if he would have announced his affair if he had not been caught by the paparazzi cannonading on a beach with a woman.  At the time he was a prominent Catholic priest in Miami, Florida.  Today Cutie is a priest in an Episcopal church.

Cutie was CNN-I's connector of the day.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Christianity • Church • Episcopal • Florida • Mass • TV • United States

Daytona 500 winner's race for faith
February 21st, 2011
02:22 PM ET

Daytona 500 winner's race for faith

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Washington (CNN) - Trevor Bayne may have won the Daytona 500 on Sunday, but a small charity he name-dropped will share in the spoils of victory.

The 20-year-old NASCAR driver was racing in just his second Sprint Cup competition and is now  etched in the record books as the youngest driver to win the sports' biggest race.

"I never thought in a million years we were gonna win our first one," Bayne told CNN Monday morning. "It's incredible."

During his post-race news conference, Bayne was asked how he would spend some of the $1,463,813 purse he won from the race.

“I don’t know if I will splurge. I am definitely not putting it up for retirement yet, I am going to stay around for awhile," Bayne said.

"Hopefully this money will help us get some more races, and there are a lot of foundations and ministries that need support. Back2Back ministries in Mexico is one, and there are a lot of good organizations that need some help, and we will help them out as much as we can."

In a sport that has ads plastered over nearly every inch of the drivers and their cars, it was a big deal for Bayne to namedrop the Christian charity.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Christianity • Florida • Sports • United States

February 7th, 2011
07:39 AM ET

Gay parenting takes off in the Bible Belt

By Rich Phillips, Senior Producer

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN) – Latisha Bines and Misty Gray cheered like any other parents at a recent middle school soccer game.

They're the two soccer moms in 13-year-old Darion Bines’ life. The women and all three of Latisha’s children operate as a family. And they've turned to their church for support, suggesting a changing face of the Bible Belt.

Data from the most recent U.S. Census shows that the South has the largest share of gay parents in the country.

“There are more of us coming out,” Bines said. “We’re feeling more comfortable about who we are. I guess it gives us more of a chance than back in the '80s, when you had to stay in the closet because you were ridiculed.”


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Florida • Gay marriage • Homosexuality • Houses of worship • United States

Banned in Britain: Pastor Terry Jones
January 20th, 2011
10:45 AM ET

Banned in Britain: Pastor Terry Jones

Britain has denied entry to the Florida pastor who said last year that he was "praying about" whether to burn Qurans to protest the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

"The government opposes extremism in all its forms which is why we have excluded Pastor Terry Jones from the UK," a Home Office spokesperson said in a statement. "Numerous comments made by Pastor Jones are evidence of his unacceptable behaviour."

Jones vowed to take legal action to change the decision. "Just as a human being, I believe it is restrictive, against my right to travel, against my right to my opinion, to express my opinion, against basic principles of freedom of religion and freedom of speech," he said in a telephone interview.

Read the full story here about the UK banning Pastor Terry Jones.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Church and state • Europe • Florida • Quran • United Kingdom • United States

December 12th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Pastor who threatened to burn Qurans invited to England

Britain's government is considering whether to block the Florida pastor who threatened to burn copies of the Quran earlier this year from entering the country, a top government official said Sunday.

Terry Jones called off his planned protest amid increasing pressure from U.S. and international leaders. But he has been invited to speak at a 2011 rally by the English Defence League, a British far-right movement.

But British Home Secretary Theresa May, whose office can bar people from entering the United Kingdom, said the government is weighing whether to keep Jones out.


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Florida • Islam • Quran • United Kingdom • United States

December 10th, 2010
05:52 PM ET

Camel crashes into crowd at Christmas event

Editor's Note: This report comes to us from CNN Affiliate WPBF in Palm Beach, Florida.

A large camel fell into a crowd of people during a rehearsal for a Christmas celebration in West Palm Beach. The video of the fall was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday by user pbalacrosse.The camel is seen being led through the church in the video when it appears to become startled, stops moving and pulls back. The camel's handler then appears to try to settle the camel as it tries to stand back up.

The camel then loses its balance and falls into the crowd on its side.The description of the video said the camel was part of a Project Christmas 2010 celebration dress rehearsal at the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach.Pastor Chuck Lewis told WPBF 25 News that no spectators were injured. He said the the camel was uninjured as well.

Read the full story from WPBF.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Christmas • Church • Florida • Holidays • United States

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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.