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December 29th, 2011
04:29 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, December 29

By Dan Merica, CNN

Here's the Belief Blog’s morning rundown of the top faith-angle stories from around the United States and around the world. Click the headlines for the full stories.

From the Blog:

CNN: Police storm Church of the Nativity to break up brawling priests
Clergy from two Christian sects came to blows in the Church of the Nativity on Wednesday morning, prompting police to storm the Bethlehem holy site.

The face of Judaism in America is changing, as the community becomes more diverse through intermarriage, adoption, immigration and conversion.

CNN: Increasing diversity redefining America’s Jewry
"But you don’t look Jewish," Jen Chau remembers being told often as a child. But then again, what is a Jew supposed to look like? The usual implication in those words was that it was not supposed to look like Chau, who was raised Jewish by her European-American mother and Chinese father.

Tweet of the Day:

From @GdbBelief (Guardian Belief): Bethlehem church cleaning turns into dust-up between rival monks gu.com/34cvj/tf

Enlightening Reads:

Christian Post: City Officials Attempt to Shut Down Church-Run Nightclub Due to Violence
City officials in Tennessee are looking to shut down a church-run nightclub in Chattanooga, alleging that the ministry is to blame for ongoing violence among youth in the area.

Altmuslim: In defense of Aisha Khan
Judging by the Muslim community’s reaction, Aisha Khan turning up safe seems like the worst outcome that could have happened. Almost immediately, people left withering comments on the Facebook page Help Find Aisha Khan, saying things like “what a selfish girl”, “I spent sleepless nights thinking about her, I deserve an explanation”, “I made so much dua for her, how dare she,” etc.

Relevant Magazine: The Gospel of Video Games
I longed to play video games with everyone else, but I was unable to understand how my Christian faith could co-exist healthily with the games I wanted to play.

Quote of the Day:

We believe with heartfelt conviction that during times when a community’s rights are being flagrantly violated its leaders cannot in good conscience appear at a public gathering with the government official who is ultimately responsible and smile for the cameras as if all is well, when we know full well that it is not.

A group of Muslim and interfaith leaders invited to a breakfast with Mayor Michael Bloomberg wrote this in a long letter that outlined why they would not be attending. According to the letter, the leaders took offense to “civil rights violations,” like what they allege is profiling of Muslims by the New York Police Department.

Today’s Opinion:

Huffington Post: Why It’s Wrong For Jews To Have Christmas Trees
It's wrong for Jews to have Christmas trees because they will be punished by God when they drive to the mall with the tree strapped to the top of their minivan. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about here.

Join the conversation…

CNN: Charismatic movement growing quickly worldwide
At the end of a row of neatly arranged banquet chairs, Sandra Ashford sat reverently, still in awe of what she says is her mother’s miraculous recovery from cervical spinal stenosis.

- Dan Merica

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Greg Powell

    Please read http://www.FindingLifeInJesus.com

    January 1, 2012 at 3:47 am |
  2. Greg Powell

    May you and I both have our best year ever of abiding in Jesus, being filled by the Holy Spirit, and resting in Abba's arms. May we love with God's love and patience, battle with God's power and courage, and walk in His ways and will. Since His desire is that every single human on earth be saved and come to a full knowledge of the truth, may we pray and work to that end, trusting in His power, crying out for His grace and mercy. May we be more conformed to His moral likeness and less conformed to the world system than ever. May we bring more pleasure to God, more cause for celebration to the holy angels, and more frustration to the demons than ever. May this be our best year ever because God got so much glory from our broken, humbled, devoted, obedient lives; and because so many hurting, screwed up, sinful image-bearers experienced unmerited, non-judgmental, affectionate, and sacrificially practical love when they let us into their lives; and because we were more zealously focused than ever on the expansion of the Kingdom of Jesus, one heart at a time... starting with our own.

    January 1, 2012 at 3:47 am |
  3. MY TAKE PEOPLE OF AMERICA

    TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY FIGHT FOR IT YOUR WORTH IT

    December 30, 2011 at 3:07 am |
  4. MKULTRA BRAINCHIPMAN

    MILLIONS TO BE ASSASSINATED FOR THE SAKE OF $$$ LIABILITIES(mk-ultra, chip implants, electroshocks etc. performed on them) AND NEW WORLD ORDER(multiculturalism = terrorism) POLITICAL AGENDA KNOWN AS "YOU ARE NEXT"(financial liabilities are 2 expensive for the government and it is cheaper to get read of you instead) !!! IF YOU WERE TREATED WITH ELECTROSHOCKS OR DRUGS USED FOR WIPING OUT MEMORY(numerous Americans and Europeans were and are) AFTER ENDURING FORCED CHIP IMPLANTS(or to simply retard individual), NOT THAT CHANCES ARE, BUT YOU ARE SCHEDULED AT 100% RATE AS GOOD TO GO NEXT !!!

    NOW YOU KNOW WHAT UNITED STATES CONGRESS(USSR#2) IS SOOO BUSY WITH WHEN PLAYING(acting) IN FRONT OF CAMERAS WHERE CLOWNING(only) HOW SOMETHING HAVE TO BE DONE WHILE KNOWINGLY OMITTING AND IGNORING FACTS OF GENOCIDE AS SEEN ON THIS COMPLAIN !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/

    LEARN TRUTH ABOUT UNITED NATIONS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AS WELL AS NEW WORLD ORDER(MULTICULTURALISM = TERRORISM) GOVERNMENTS(Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) !!! NOT THERE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS, BUT TO DENY YOUR RIGHT TO EXISTENCE !!!

    ABDUCTIONS / BRAIN CHIP IMPLANTS / BLACKLISTING / FORCEFUL UNEMPLOYMENT / MK-ULTRA BRAINWASHING AGAINST WHITE(under "NAZI" lie) CIVILIAN POPULATION TODAY IN 2011/2012 ACROSS THE EUROPE AND NORTHERN AMERICA !!!

    http://myshortbiography.blogspot.com/

    WHY TO ACCEPT LIABILITIES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED WHEN WE CAN SIMPLY ASSASSINATE OUR VICTIMS(YOU) THANKS TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND FREE PRESS/MEDIA(most severe censorship of genocide ever !!!)!!

    This news is related to WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES NOW !!!

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGfYOAydjw&w=640&h=360]
    OR
    http://www.youtube.com/user/BostjanAvsec <== OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE IN 2009 !!! These are hard facts about lunatic Obama/Bush's twilight zone administrations(HORROR) or genocide against whites per ZIONIST Washington DC and in complete agreement with communist Moscow !!!

    EXILING WHITES WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE AND IMPORTING NON WHITES IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS COMPLETELY FREE

    December 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  5. Wake Up Call For CNN . . .

    Hey CNN – these 'speed reads" are incredibly lame. They make you look ultra-trivial and lazy. Fire the dingbat that thought them up, and find some actual content.

    December 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
  6. William Demuth

    Speed reading?

    Is that why our citizens are barely literate?

    CNN NEEDS TO RESOLVE TO PRODUCE MORE SUBSTANCE NEXT YEAR.

    December 29, 2011 at 8:57 am |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.