May 17th, 2010
09:11 AM ET
The Muslim Miss USA/Carrie Prejean Connection
With last year's pageant kerfuffle over Carrie Prejean's announced opposition to gay marriage - a position she said is grounded in her Christian faith - the Las Vegas event is now officially a staging ground for pressing national discussions about religion in American life.
March 27th, 2010
10:11 PM ET
Faith, health care politics clash in key Ohio district
Ohio is the land where the post-2004 wave of Democratic faith-based organizing began. It's the state where an anti-gay marriage initiative helped turn out enough conservative religious voters to hand a second term to George W. Bush - which made it the natural starting place for the Democrats to begin their attempt to close the God Gap.
Those efforts helped elect Democrat Ted Strickland, a former minister, as Ohio governor in 2006; helped Obama easily take the Buckeye State in 2008; and helped Democrats pick up a U.S. Senate seat and a handful of House sets in the state in the last couple of election cycles.
All of which is to say that a new faith-based campaign in the state defending Democratic Ohio Rep. Steve Driehaus and denouncing House Republican Leader John Boehner - who represents Ohio's 8th congressional district - bears watching.
March 26th, 2010
10:42 PM ET
How American Muslims are changing the media landscape
CNN's Maria Ebrahimji, who leads the network's bookings team - the folks that get folks on TV - describes herself as one of the cable channel's in-house experts on Muslim stories. She recently spoke with elan, an online magazine devoted to global Muslim youth culture, and explained how American Muslims have begun to shape the media that are responsible for shaping American views of Islam.
Check out this exchange:
March 25th, 2010
08:42 PM ET
Chuck Colson: Glenn Beck's Mormon, not Christian
Interviewing influential evangelical figure Chuck Colson tonight about a new "Civility Covenant" he has signed onto, I asked how the document would apply to the recent feud between Glenn Beck and Jim Wallis.
On the one hand, the conservative Colson is politically aligned with Beck. But he's also buds with Wallis, who orchestrated the covenant.
Colson's answered surprised me:
March 25th, 2010
07:58 PM ET
Religion claims less than 1 percent of news coverage
Seems like you can't open a newspaper - or click a news site - without running into a monster-sized religion story: the Catholic church abuse scandal, Rep. Bart Stupak's role holding up - and then passing - the health care bill, U.S.-Israel relations on the skids over the construction of housing for Jews in East Jerusalem.
So is anyone else surprised that religion news accounted for less than 1 percent of print, TV and online coverage last year, according to a report out today from Pew? The graph above tells the story.
Is Pope Benedict's job in jeopardy?
Is Pope Benedict in danger of losing his job over the sex abuse allegations against the Catholic church that are sweeping through Europe right now?
Last week brought two revelations about papal ties to the scandal in Germany - one professional, one familial. In recent weeks, roughly 170 Germans have come forward to report sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
On Friday, the Catholic archdiocese of Munich said it had permitted a priest suspected of molesting a child to continue pastoring in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Benedict - then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger - was archbishop there. The archdiocese said Ratzinger was unaware of the transfer at the time.
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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.