August 22nd, 2013
03:07 PM ET

Gay detective's mother booted from church

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
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(CNN)–The mother of a gay detective has been booted from the Tennessee church she attended for decades.

Elders at Ridgedale Church of Christ told Linda Cooper and two relatives that their public support for Kat Cooper, Linda Cooper's gay daughter, went against the church's teachings, local media reported. In a private meeting, reports say, Linda Cooper was given a choice: publicly atone for their transgressions or leave the church.

Linda left the church.

Kat Cooper is a detective with the Collegedale Police Department. This month, she fought successfully for health benefits for her same-sex spouse, Krista, from the town.


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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church • Gay marriage • Gay rights

November 21st, 2012
11:51 AM ET

Judge orders teen to attend church

(CNN)–A judge has sentenced a teen to 10 years of church attendance, saying, "It was the right thing to do."  CNN affiliate KIKO has more.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church

July 14th, 2012
01:30 PM ET

Faithful flock to 'bleeding' Virgin Mary

(CNN)–Dozens of believers gather on the lawn of a Baton Rouge family after their statue of the Virgin Mary appears to bleed. CNN affiliate WBRZ reports.

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Filed under: Catholic Church

April 7th, 2012
09:44 AM ET

Tebow expected to draw thousands for Easter speech

(CNN)–NFL star Tim Tebow will be in Texas speaking at Celebration Church's Easter Sunday service in Georgetown, Texas . The church is setting up an outdoor space for the event and expects as many as 30,000 people to attend. CNN affiliate KVUE reports.

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Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Easter • Holidays

Woman fined for religious symbol on her door
Barbara Cadranel is being fined for having a Jewish mezuza attatched to her doorpost.
March 29th, 2012
01:42 PM ET

Woman fined for religious symbol on her door

By Denise Buffa and Samaia Hernandez, Hartford Courant

Stratford, Connecticut (Hartford Courant)–Barbara Cadranel says she's lived all over the world, but decided to settle near friends in Stratford in October 2010.

When she received a mezuza as a gift in the fall of 2011, she put it on the doorpost of the front door of her third-floor condominium unit on California Street, affixing it with Velcro. It was a religious rite that Cadranel, 60, learned in Hebrew school.

It is now a source of controversy. Cadranel is being fined $50 a day by her condo association for hanging the glass mezuza on her doorpost, although she has refused to pay anything so far. She is threatening to take legal action against her condo association and has gained the support of the Anti-Defamation League.

Read the full story from CNN affiliate The Hartford Courant.

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Filed under: Judaism

March 27th, 2012
10:08 AM ET

Celebrating the Festival of Colors

(CNN)–Thousands gathered in Spanish Fork, Utah, for Holi, the annual Festival of Colors.

CNN affiliate KSTU reports on how the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple celebrated by tossing colors into the air and at each other to mark the spring festival.

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Filed under: Belief • Hare Krishna

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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.