Friday evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed author Stephen Mansfield for a fascinating and timely primetime interview in advance of Easter Sunday.
Author of the upcoming book "Killing Jesus: The Unknown Conspiracy Behind the World's Most Notorious Execution," Mansfield addressed any potential critics who are suggesting his work – which implicates the Jews for Christ's murder – may be anti-semitic in its essence:
"It's not at all anti-semitic," Mansfield insists. "In fact, in making that distinction – between the small group of leaders who were sort of cow-towing to Rome and thus were corrupt and were going after Jesus – making a distinction between them and the average Jew, on the street in Jerusalem, I'm actually dealing with that very issue."
As two billion Christians worldwide celebrate Easter, CNN examines archeological evidence and insights from renowned authorities on the ancient church to explore how a faith challenged by the martyrdom of its earliest followers and apostles, could also survive controversy and vigorous debate over its orthodoxy, to become the world’s largest religion. Narrated by Liam Neeson, After Jesus explores the sometimes surprising early history of Christianity, and the challenges and struggles of the early church.
The two-hour documentary After Jesus: The First Christians encores Sunday, March 31 at 8:00pm & 11:00pm. All times Eastern.
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina spoke about immigration reform and whether he will join the group of Republicans threatening to filibuster comprehensive gun control legislation. Highlighted excerpts are below, and a full transcript may be found here.
Sen. Graham on immigration reform:
"Conceptually, we have an agreement... It will be rolled out next week. Yes, I believe it will pass the House..."
Graham on gun control legislation:
“The only way I would filibuster a bill is if Senator Reid did not allow alternative amendments.”Senators expect immigration legislation this week; Rubio signals no final agreement yet
On The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who rose to GOP fame in recent months, apologized Friday for appearing to equate homosexuality with the criminal acts of pedophilia and bestiality.
"I love gay people. I love straight people. So this was really, I think, on my behalf, somewhat insensitive and I certainly apologize if I offended anyone, because I was not in any way comparing gays with people who engage in bestiality or sexual child abuse."
Today on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, Televangelist Joel Osteen joined the program to discuss the upcoming Easter holiday, his role as consultant on The History Channel’s hit series “The Bible” and his views on the debate over same-sex marriage.
Osteen on same-sex marriage:
“As a Christian pastor, you know, my base is off what, I believe, the scripture says… marriage is between a male and a female. But again, we're for everybody”
On the controversy over the actor cast as Satan on 'The Bible:'
"I felt like it was nonsense. People can draw funny conclusions."
On the role of social media in religion:
“It's just an amazing day to use the technology that I believe God's given us to, you know, to inspire people and to get your message out.”
Fredricka Whitfield speaks with former NFL Linebacker Coy Wire about his CNN exclusive interview with Kwame Harris.
Harris is a former NFL star who was recently outed by the media for being gay.
Wolf Blitzer congratulates Kate Bolduan on her new CNN morning show role, and her co-host Chris Cuomo surprises her with a call.
CNN's Suzanne Malveaux talks with Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons about his thoughts on same-sex marriage.
CNN's Carol Costello talks with Roma Downey, actress and producer of 'The Bible," Downey's 10-hour miniseries that shows the Bible's best stories.
The blockbuster series that has drawn huge audiences concludes on Easter Sunday, March 31.