May 18th, 2010
11:18 AM ET

Beagley trial: foregoing medical care for prayer

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Earlier this year, Jeffrey and Marci Beagley of Oregon City, Oregon, were sentenced to 16 months in prison for negligent homicide after not seeking medical care for their 16-year-old son.

Instead, the couple - who attend Followers of Faith Church - chose to rely on prayer to treat their son, Neil, who suffered from complications from a urinary tract blockage. He died in June 2008.


- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Culture & Science • Culture wars • Science

May 17th, 2010
11:43 AM ET

Ted Turner: Is God speaking in Gulf Coast spill?

Ted Turner has never been one to keep his opinions to himself.

Sometimes referred to as “The Mouth of the South,” the CNN founder lashed out against religious believers in the past. He once dubbed Christianity a “religion for losers” and wondered aloud whether the Ash Wednesday observers around him at work were “Jesus freaks.” His marriage to Jane Fonda was rumored to become strained when she started finding religion.

And while his stance has certainly mellowed with the years - he apologized for his past comments and joined with churches in 2008 to fight malaria - his suggestion that God may have had a hand in the oil disaster that killed 11 and is threatening the Gulf Coast may take some by surprise.


- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Culture & Science • Money & Faith

May 4th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

Jewish mourner's prayer used in Kent State memorials

Today marks 40 years since Kent State University in Ohio became a symbol in America of the anti-war movement.

On this day in 1970, as unarmed students - many already angered by the ongoing war in Vietnam - protested the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire, killing four and wounding nine others. Those killed and wounded included both protesters and bystanders.

What many may not know is that three of the four students who died happened to be Jewish. This coincidental fact is all the more surprising given that Jews have traditionally made up no more than 5 percent of the student body at the university, according to Jennifer Chestnut, executive director of Hillel at Kent State, a campus organization dedicated to promoting Jewish life.


- CNN Writer/Producer

Filed under: Judaism • Politics

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