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April 22nd, 2011
07:22 AM ET

Pastor Terry Jones plans Good Friday protest in Dearborn, Mich.

Pastor Terry Jones is known for his controversial burning of the Quran, and is said to have a $2 million bounty on his head in Pakistan. Jones is now planning a Good Friday protest in Dearborn, Michigan where one-third of the population is Muslim.

Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly says there is a problem with the site where Jones wants to protest and tells American Morning, "We never intend to deny him his rights but he has to stay within the law." A jury will decide Friday morning whether Jones will be allowed to protest at the mosque.

Dearborn Mayor O'Reilly speaks to Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi about Jones' Dearborn protests.

Filed under: Law • Politics • Religion • U.S.
April 14th, 2011
08:59 AM ET

"The Christian story has lost its plot"

Rob Bell, author of 'Love Wins: A book about heaven, hell and the fate of every person who ever lived,' says heaven and hell are choices we make and live with right now. Bell sees no infinite torment for things people did in their lives. Bell argues that a loving God would not send people to a place of eternal suffering after death and death doesn't cut off the ability to repent. He believes anything that happens after death is speculation and that speculation turned into dogma. He points out that many on this planet may not even know the Holy Trinity but Jesus makes salvation possible even for people who never know his name. He speaks with CNN's American Morning on his views and the attention it has garnered.

Filed under: Controversy • Religion
February 23rd, 2011
09:36 AM ET

Wrestler who wouldn't fight a girl speaks about it for first time

Joel Northrup is a 15 year-old high school wrestler from Marion, Iowa and was a favorite to win his weight class in the state tournament. But when Northrup learned he was slotted to wrestle a girl in the first-round, he forfeited, citing his religion.

Joel Northrup and his father Jamie talk to T.J. Holmes about his decision to forgo fighting a girl.

Filed under: Religion • Sports • U.S.
February 2nd, 2011
07:05 AM ET

Mubarak in 'state of denial,' pro-Mubarak protests 'insignificant'

(CNN) - Egypt woke up to a day of uncertainty Wednesday as opposition groups and protesters dismissed President Hosni Mubarak's pledge to not seek office again after his current term - and continued their demand for him to step down immediately. Shortly after sunrise Wednesday, Cairo's Tahrir Square was already packed with demonstrators - including families with young children - for a ninth day of protests against the ruler. But the same morning, some demonstrators chanted in favor of Mubarak, saying the press are "traitors" and "agents." Mubarak said Tuesday he will not seek office again in elections scheduled for September, but vowed to stay in the country and finish his term.

Today on American Morning, AM’s Kiran Chetry talks to Emad Shahin, associate professor of religion at the University of Notre Dame who has taught at American University in Cairo, about Egyptians' reactions to Mubarak's announcement.

Shahin says Mubarak fell short of the people’s demands and is in a state of denial. He explains to Chetry why protesters are fed up with Mubarak and breaks down Obama's Tuesday statement about the United States' role.

Filed under: Egypt • Religion • World
February 1st, 2011
08:59 AM ET

'Sky will not fall in' if Muslim Brotherhood gains power in Egypt

(CNN) - The scenes in Egypt have been dramatic, as thousands turn out onto the streets demanding that President Hosni Mubarak resign after 30 years in power. Few images have been more powerful than those of demonstrators dropping to the ground to pray in the face of security forces. And while some have been inspired by the role of religious faith in the protests, there are definite worries that the banned Muslim Brotherhood is waiting in the wings, hoping for a chance to take over.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been part of the political scene in Egypt for more than 80 years and advocates a move away from secularism and a return to the rules of the Quran. It's the oldest and largest opposition group in Egypt and is illegal under Egyptian law. And while the Brotherhood officially rejects the use of violent means to secure its goals, offshoots of the group have been linked to attacks in the past.

CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank has met with top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. Today on American Morning, he gives his analysis on the Muslim Brotherhood's current role in Egypt. Cruickshank explains to AM's TJ Holmes why many are concerned about their influence and how their role in Egypt affects al Qaeda.

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Filed under: Egypt • Religion • World
January 14th, 2011
07:05 AM ET

Pope John Paul II to be beatified this year

The late Pope John Paul II is one miracle away from sainthood.

CNN's Senior Vatican Correspondent John Allen reports that a beatification ceremony for the late Pope will take place May 1. This morning, Pope Benedict XVI credited his predecessor with having performed a miracle, the final requirement for beatification. Sainthood, however, would require that he be credited with having performed two miracles.

But today's move does not come without controversy. Allen tells Kiran Chetry some Catholics have expressed disapproval over the fact that the late Pope seems to be on the fast-track to sainthood.

Filed under: Religion
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