A pair of female Democratic lawmakers had a simple question Thursday about a controversial hearing on Capitol Hill.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, the head of a network of Christian house churches in Iran, could be executed as soon as midnight Wednesday in Tehran for refusing to recant his religious beliefs and convert to Islam, said the chair of a commission that monitors religious freedom around the world.
The White House Thursday condemned the conviction of an Iranian pastor, who may be executed in Tehran for refusing to recant his religious beliefs and convert from Christianity to Islam.
A church called the Phoenix Goddess Temple has been accused of being a house of prostitution, and a six-month undercover investigation has resulted in the arrests of 20 women and men who worked there, Phoenix police said Friday.
Malaysia's first openly gay pastor has chosen Wednesday, coinciding with the country's Independence Day, to get married to his American partner in New York, barely a month after same-sex marriage became legalized there.
Polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs frequently objected to witness testimony as he faced sexual assault charges during his trial Tuesday in Texas.
Warren Jeffs requests legal assistance so he can properly format his "writing" as he represents himself.
A Texas judge warned Warren Jeffs against calling "for the jury's destruction" shortly after the polygamous sect leader said Friday during his sexual assault trial that those who prosecuted his church would face "sickness and death."
Should France ban the wearing of veils covering women from head to toe?
Dennis Dwyer, a Vietnam veteran, author and tattoo artist, shares why he loves the Fourth of July.
As America celebrates its birthday on July 4, the timeless words of Thomas Jefferson will surely be invoked to remind us of our founding ideals -- that "All men are created equal" and are "endowed by their Creator" with the right to "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." These phrases, a cherished part of our history, have rightly been called "American Scripture."
Violence erupted in the Cairo neighborhood of Maspero when pro-Coptic protesters clashed with unidentified men, leaving at least two people dead and 60 injured, state TV reported early Sunday.
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The possibility of Islamic fundamentalists taking power in Egypt represents a "tremendous threat" to three decades of cooperation between Egypt and Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters in Jerusalem Monday.
German Chancellor Merkel and Israeli PM Netanyahu stress the importance of peace to be maintained in Egypt.
The recent demonstrations in Egypt have rocked world markets and sent investors scrambling for the exits. It's not without reason. A possible revolution in the most populous and influential nation in the Arab world shouldn't be taken lightly given the possibility of an anti-Western government coming to power in Cairo.
With the recent deadly attacks on Christian churches, the maniacal terrorists of al Qaeda seem to be aiming at unraveling the neighborliness among Muslims, Jews and Christians throughout the Middle East that has existed for centuries.
The imam at the center of an ugly controversy over an Islamic center near New York's ground zero broke his silence Tuesday, just hours after a broad coalition of Christian, Jewish and Islamic leaders denounced what they described as a rising tide of anti-Muslim bigotry across the United States.
Was it a political mistake for President Obama to have taken sides on the NYC mosque debate?
At a White House dinner last week -- an iftar on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan --President Obama delivered what many rightly considered a courageous speech in which he weighed in on the controversy surrounding the proposed construction of a mosque near ground zero.
President Obama threw his support behind a controversial proposal to build an Islamic center and mosque near New York's ground zero, saying Friday that "Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country."
"I want my kids to know when I'm pissed, when I'm happy," says the actress. "Your face tells a story"
Not many winners of the Cannes Film Festival Palm d'Or thank ghosts and spirits in their acceptance speech.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul won this year's Palm d'Or. The Thai director tells CNN about his big win and facing censors.
Pope Benedict XVI launched a "special assembly" of bishops focused on the Middle East on Sunday, during a visit to the divided island of Cyprus.
The numbers are shocking: 12,000 people killed in a cycle of violence between Christians and Muslims stretching back more than a decade.
If life were filled with historical figures facing perilous situations along an endless, winding river, then Syfy's "Riverworld," premiering this Sunday, would certainly promise an action-packed trip.
David Paterson: The New York governor's communications director, Peter Kauffman, resigned Thursday.
A Massachusetts college has modified a controversial security policy after criticism it infringed on the religious rights of students, a school official said Friday.
While we officially celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" on November 24, celebrations of Darwin's legacy have actually been building in intensity for several years. Darwin is not just an important 19th century scientific thinker. Increasingly, he is a cultural icon.
Former teen idol Kirk Cameron is on a crusade to debunk evolution. CNN's Carol Costello reports.
Religious groups in favor of health care reform have launched a national campaign to offset the loud opposition to President Obama's plan to overhaul the nation's health care system, organizers announced.
At first, no one seemed to notice the young man who walked into the hotel lobby at around 7:45 that Friday morning.
Here's a tricky one for you: Imagine that one day, you start to suspect that a woman you work with, the one with the new baby and the newly unemployed husband, is padding her expense account. What would you do? Report her to HR? Admonish her yourself?
A U.S. government panel listed 13 countries Friday as "egregious" violators of religious freedom.
The United States is keeping a close eye on Pakistan after this week's Taliban surge into the Buner district brought them just 60 miles from the capital, Islamabad.
Former CIA officer Gary Berntsen says the Taliban may pull back for the cameras, but are still a major threat in Pakistan.
Dueling theories of how the universe was created got a split decision Friday night from the Texas Board of Education, which required examination of "all sides of scientific evidence" in new science standards, but rejected language requiring teachers to teach the "strengths and weaknesses" of scientific theories.
The Texas Board of Education this week will vote on science standards that critics say seek to cast doubt on the theory of evolution.
For most people in the world, freedom of religion is of such paramount importance and warrants all the legal and constitutional respect and protection. It is fair to say that this concept has been imbedded in numerous people's mind such that any accusation of its violation almost automatically triggers waves of condemnation.
D.L. Hughley talks with Frank Schaeffer, author of "Crazy for God," about religion and politics and how they intermix.
An atheist soldier says in a federal lawsuit that his superiors required him to be present for Christian prayers
The Chinese government increased its harassment of religious minorities before the Olympic Games, according to a U.S. State Department report released Friday.
Four members of a Christian group from the United States are refusing to leave an airport in China after authorities confiscated their 300 Bibles, the group's director said Monday.
President Bush meets with U.S. troops in Seoul and thanks them for the sacrifices they've made.
U.S. President George W. Bush expressed "deep concerns" over religious freedom and human rights in China on the eve of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in a wide-ranging Asian policy speech delivered Thursday in Bangkok, Thailand.
Army Spc. Jeremy Hall was raised Baptist.
A U.S. soldier claims he almost lost his life in Iraq because he didn't believe in God. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.
Unless a federal court intervenes, South Carolina drivers may soon be able to profess their Christian faith with a state-issued license plate.
Six Baha'i leaders in Iran were seized and imprisoned this week, the religious group said. The act prompted condemnation and concern from the movement and a top American religious freedom panel.
A twentysomething may one day become the chief representative of the aspirations of Tibetan Buddhists. And he may be spending more time in America
China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are among 11 countries that practice religious oppression, a federal commission says.
Iranian conservatives have said they captured most of the 82 parliamentary seats up for grabs in Friday's runoff election.
After a brief lull, the troubled African nation is seeing a rise in radical Islamic terror -- and the threat of another drought
Benazir Bhutto's assassination has plunged the Muslim nuclear power into chaos. Now the Bush Administration must help undo decades of flawed U.S. policy to save Pakistan
Suspicion swirled around Islamic extremists Thursday as news spread that former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto had been assassinated.
CNN's Peter Bergen says any number of groups and factions could have orchestrated the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
Clashes at the Chinese embassy in India during protests against religious controls in Tibet.
As U.S. secretary of state under former President Clinton, Madeleine Albright invested long hours in the Middle East peace process. She wrote about the relationship between politics and religion in her 2006 book, "The Mighty and the Almighty."
Candidates and religion
In an attempt to reunify Chinese Catholics, Benedict XVI sends a conciliatory letter to believers in the People's Republic
The fighting in both places, says Robert Baer, may be a troubling sign that al-Qaeda is making new inroads
Squalid living conditions in Lebanon's refugee camps are partly to blame for the rise of the Islamic extremist group Fatah al-Islam, says Lebanon's former ambassador to the United Nations.
"When I have children one day," Samantha Krieger of Dallas, Texas, wrote to CNN.com, "they will know of the legacy that Dr. Jerry Falwell left."
The separation of church and state in this country is narrowing. And it is the church, not the state that is encroaching. Our Constitution protects religion from the intrusion or coercion of the state. But we have precious little protection against the political adventurism of all manner of churches and religious organizations.
When we reported the unprecedented suicide bombings of the London underground trains and buses in 2005, we were shocked beyond words that young British Muslims, born and bred here, would go to that extreme.
He is finished with his voluminous fantastic drama.
We're about 40 days away from November's critically important midterm elections, and the campaign volume is rising.
Saudi Arabia has promised a comprehensive review of all of its educational textbooks and to remove all language promoting intolerance, the State Department's ambassador for religious freedom said Wednesday.
I am out west in Utah, Nevada and Arizona looking for the other fundamentalist polygamist on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. The one whose name isn't Osama bin Laden. It's Warren Jeffs.
A U.S. government report warned on Wednesday that threats to religious freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan are mounting, and included Washington allies Saudi Arabia and Pakistan among countries "of particular concern" for religious intolerance.
A Pennsylvania school district cannot teach in science classes a concept that says some aspects of science were created by a supernatural being, a federal judge has ruled.
If you missed your opportunity to buy a brand-new Chevrolet Camaro before General Motors stopped making them in 2002, here's your chance.
A British-based radical Muslim cleric who praised the July 7 terror attacks on London's transport system has been detained by Lebanese security forces, according to a Lebanese army general.
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Syrian security forces battled suspected terrorists early Monday outside of Damascus, resulting in the arrest of two members of a militant group, but leaving one member of the security force dead, Syria's official news agency (SANA) reported.
In his monologue "Swimming to Cambodia," the late Spalding Gray described an American expatriate gone native in "Thailand, the Pure Land."
Citing "important and significant steps" by China to improve its human rights record, the State Department has said it will not introduce a resolution condemning Beijing this year at the U.N. Human Rights Commission.
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Thanks to a last-minute court ruling, Jonathan Morgan was able to share the religious origin of the candy cane with his elementary-school classmates at this year's winter-break party at Thomas Elementary School in Plano, Texas.
Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh and Mariane Pearl, widow of slain reporter Daniel Pearl, were receiving journalism awards from the Spanish newspaper El Mundo on Monday.
On the eve of the 1984 presidential campaign -- during which the support of legalized abortion by Catholic politicians would stir a major controversy -- Cardinal Joseph Bernadine of Chicago, an opponent of abortion, cautioned Catholics against turning abortion into a single voting issue: "Our moral, political and economic responsibilities do not stop at the moment of birth.
Just hours before Sen. John Kerry was scheduled to discuss his support for legalized abortion at a large women's rights rally Friday in Washington, a top Vatican cardinal called on priests to deny communion to Catholic politicians like Kerry who take that stance.
Jordan's King Abdullah has praised his nation's security services for thwarting a terrorist plot he said would have killed thousands of civilians.
(CNN) -- The U.S. Justice Department this week backed a Muslim girl's legal battle against an Oklahoma school district over the right to wear a head scarf in a public school.
The stunning electoral victory by Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi last Sunday has given this unassuming politician a resounding mandate to steer his nation on a course of his own charting.
A document published months before national elections reveals al Qaeda planned to separate Spain from its allies by carrying out terror attacks.
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