Son of Obama spiritual adviser dies
December 11th, 2013
07:46 AM ET
9 months ago

Son of Obama spiritual adviser dies

(CNN) - The son of a Florida megachurch pastor who is close to President Obama died on Tuesday, according to statements from two churches.

Isaac Hunter, 36, died on Tuesday, according to Northland and Summit churches, two Orlando-area congregations with deep ties to the Hunter family.

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Filed under: Belief Blog • President Obama
October 22nd, 2013
01:57 PM ET
10 months ago

The prayers inside the President's Blackberry

Joshua DuBois, author of "The President's Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obama" and former head of the White House faith-based initiative, write about the devotionals he sent to the president.

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Weiner addresses lewd exchanges
July 25th, 2013
10:23 AM ET
1 year ago

Pastor of XXX Church: Weiner is an addict, not a joke

(CNN) - There are still a lot of details to come out, but here's one thing we know about Anthony Weiner: He is not a punch line; he is an addict.

I would assume Weiner has always had an uphill battle against being the butt of someone's joke, just by the nature of his last name. Immaturity has always reigned supreme, and now in the days of Internet memes and Twitter zingers, Weiner seemed ready-made for a scandal.

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The White House vs. Westboro Baptist Church
July 4th, 2013
10:18 AM ET
1 year ago

The White House vs. Westboro Baptist Church

(CNN) - The Obama administration will not label Westboro Baptist Church a hate group, saying it's not the government's practice to apply the designation.

More than 367,000 petitioners had called on the White House to "Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group." For months the Westboro petition was the top petition on the White House's "We The People" website.

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Filed under: Belief Blog • White House
Who is on God's side of the marriage debate?
March 26th, 2013
10:22 AM ET
1 year ago

Who is on God's side of the marriage debate?

Washington (CNN) - As the Supreme Court considers two major same-sex marriage cases that could change marriage in the United States, religious leaders on both sides of the debate believe they are on God's side of the contentious issue.

In the months leading up to this week's Supreme Court hearings, religious leaders from across the country have held prayer vigils and rallies for their respective causes.

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Filed under: Belief Blog • Faith • Same-sex marriage
Religion, readability and the presidency: a historic combination
February 7th, 2013
10:11 AM ET
2 years ago

Religion, readability and the presidency: a historic combination

Washington (CNN) - Employing faith, whether calling for nationwide prayer or healing the nation by quoting scripture, is a presidential tradition as old as the office itself.

The nation’s first president, George Washington, was also the first to call for a National Day of Prayer, one of “fasting, humiliation and prayer” to “acknowledge the gracious interpositions of Providence.”

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Filed under: Belief Blog • Faith
Praying for immigration reform, literally
January 29th, 2013
02:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Praying for immigration reform, literally

Washington (CNN) – Evangelical advocates for immigration reform are taking a page from the New Testament, specifically the Book of Matthew.

An organization called the Evangelical Immigration Table has organized 193 churches and ministries in 39 states and the District of Columbia to hold a prayer challenge in support of immigration reform, according to the group. The Table does not endorse a Republican or Democratic immigration reform policy, but simply asks congregants to consider Christian principles as they think about the lives of undocumented immigrants.
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Filed under: Belief Blog • Faith • Immigration
Obama picks D.C. Episcopal priest to give benediction at inauguration
January 15th, 2013
09:55 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama picks D.C. Episcopal priest to give benediction at inauguration

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has picked a neighbor to deliver the closing prayer at the inauguration.

The Rev. Luis León told CNN on Tuesday the White House and the Presidential Inaugural Committee invited him last week to deliver the closing prayer at the 57th presidential inauguration.

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Filed under: Belief Blog • Inauguration • President Obama
Atlanta pastor, Evers' widow named to speak at inauguration
Civil Rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams and Atlanta Pastor Louie Giglio were selected to offer a prayer at the 2013 Presidential Inuguration.
January 8th, 2013
08:26 AM ET
2 years ago

Atlanta pastor, Evers' widow named to speak at inauguration

(CNN) – An Atlanta pastor and the widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers will deliver the invocation and benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration January 21, two inauguration officials confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

Louie Giglio, a pastor and the leader of the Passion Movement, was chosen because he's a "powerful voice for ending human trafficking and global sex slavery" and due to his work in mobilizing young people for that effort, said one of the sources.

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Filed under: Belief Blog • Faith • Inauguration
Pizza magnate wins temporary ruling on contraception coverage dispute
Thomas Monaghan, the multimillionaire founder of Domino's Pizza, pictured at the University of Ava Maria, which he founded September 27, 2007.
December 31st, 2012
05:54 PM ET
1 year ago

Pizza magnate wins temporary ruling on contraception coverage dispute

(CNN) – The billionaire founder of Domino's Pizza has won a temporary court victory, with a federal judge blocking enforcement of part of the health care reform bill requiring most employers to provide a range of contraception and reproductive health services.

Some business owners and their staff see that as a violation of their religious rights.

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Filed under: Belief Blog • Health care • President Obama
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