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January 20th, 2012
04:27 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Friday, January 20

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: ‘Hate religion, love Jesus’ video goes viral
With so many atheists coming out of the closet, it’s not difficult to imagine a video decrying religion racking up millions of hits on YouTube. But a video along those lines has been viewed 15 million times and liked more than a quarter-million times since it was posted on January 10, featuring an enthusiastic young Christian from Washington state.

Belief on TV:

Tweet of the Day:

From @AmericaMag: In 2011, a surprising number of films had genuine spiritual intentions: bit.ly/wSGUg3

Enlightening Reads:

Jewish Daily Forward: U.S. Jewish Population Pegged at 6 Million
Two new independent studies have found that there are between 6.4 million and 6.6 million Jews living in the United States today, representing about 1.8% of the population. Though the studies used drastically different methodologies, they appear to point to a growing consensus on the number of Jews in America, a figure that has been elusive in recent decades.

Catholic News Service: Pope wanrs of threat to freedom of religion, conscience in US
Pope Benedict XVI warned visiting U.S. bishops that "radical secularism" threatens the core values of American culture, and he called on the church in America, including politicians and other laypeople, to render "public moral witness" on crucial social issues.

Religion News Service: Are Mormons Christian? It’s complicated.
Ask Mormons if they are Christian, and their answer often starts with a sigh. Look at our name, they’ll say, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Read The Book of Mormon’s subtitle, “Another Testament ofJesus Christ.” Examine our Articles of Faith, “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved…”

Relevant Magazine: Reaching the World – From Your Desk
Everyone knows the best place to foster relationships with the poor is on the church’s annual week-long mission trip or within the specified hours we’re doing “volunteer” work in the community. Or, reluctantly, when we can’t quite zip through a red light in time to avoid the sign-holding stranger who wants a bite to eat. Where we don’t always encounter the poor is at work.

Excerpt of the Day:

Many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Jews may not have the luxury of a synagogue that welcomes them. However, an ambitious Welcoming Synagogues project, launched in 2007 at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, aims to train congregations cross across denominations to become safe and welcoming spaces for Jews of all sexual orientations and gender expressions.

Jessica Youseffi, a community organize from the Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, sings the praises of an organization the attempts to make synagogues more open to the LGBT community.

Today’s Opinion:

Washington Post: Muslim with sharia?
On Tuesday, January 17th, former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich said that the only way he would ever support a Muslim for the presidency of the United States is if that person would “commit in public to give up sharia” thereby continuing his trend to exhibit his ignorance on the subject of Islamic law (sharia) as well as his ignorance of the United States Constitution.

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After winning in Iowa and New Hampshire, Romney looks to make it three wins in a row in South Carolina.

CNN: Evangelical for Mitt: A South Carolina power brokers promotes the frontrunner
You’ve probably never heard of her, but Cindy Costa’s tablemates at a Sunday prayer breakfast here hint at her influence. Inside a hotel ballroom bulging with 400 socially conservative activists, Costa is seated with the headliners: White House hopeful Rick Perry and political operative Ralph Reed.

- Dan Merica

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  1. JOSE0311USMC

    WHAT SCARES ME THE MOST ?? NOT TERRORISTS -–NOT THE GOP, LOL---NOT A NUCLEAR ATTACK--THE INVASION OF AMERICA BY THE WORLDS POOR PEOPLE IS WHAT SCARES ME THE MOST..AMERICA WAGES ARE GOING DOWN-JOBS GOING TO OTHER COUNTRIES-WE ARE BEING INVADED BY THE WORLDS POOR PEOPLE AND WE ARE NOT DOING ENOUGH TO STOP THEM FROM CROSSING OUR BORDERS.....SERIOUSLY THINKING ABOUT JOINING THE MINUTE MAN ON THE MEXICAN BORDER... AMERICA BORDER AGENTS ARE NOT DOING THE JOB.. ALSO LEGAL IMMIGRATION SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN FOR GOOD...WE DON'T NEED MORE IMMIGRANTS... AMERICA IS BECOMING A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY, THAT SCARES ME BIG TIME.

    January 24, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  2. JOSE0311USMC

    I DO NOT LIKE TODAY AMERICA.. AMERICA IS ALLOWING WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COUNTRY...WE NO LONGER HAVE THE JOBS TO CONTINUE ALLOWING MORE IMMIGRANTS IN...NOT TO MENTION THE ILLEGALS...AMERICA IS BECOMING A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY.....EVERY POOR PERSON IN MEXICO--SOUTH AMERICA -EVERY POOR PERSON IN THE WORLD WANTS TO COME TO AMERICA, STOP THE INVASION OF AMERICA NOW.....ENOUGH-NO MORE . THAT IS WHAT I THINK.

    January 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Take time to talk with God every evening

    January 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      GOD ?? I NEVER SEEN HIM....HAVE YOU ? BE HONEST

      January 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  4. HUMANTESTANIMAL TOYOU

    NEW http://notethicsbutbutchery.blogspot.com/ NEW http://notethicsbutbutchery.blogspot.com/ NEW http://notethicsbutbutchery.blogspot.com/ NEW http://notethicsbutbutchery.blogspot.com/

    MILLIONS TO BE ASSASSINATED FOR THE SAKE OF $$$ LIABILITIES(mk-ultra, chip or electrode brain implants, electroshocks etc. performed on them) AND NEW WORLD ORDER(financial liabilities are 2 expensive for the government and it is cheaper to get read of you) !!! 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(exactly how BRAIN CANCER AND HOMELESS people are produced), YOU ARE SCHEDULED NEXT !!!

    VISIT ALL NEW HUMAN EXPERIMENTATIONS IN 2012 http://notethicsbutbutchery.blogspot.com/ LEARN WHO(and why) IS DELIBERATELY TARGETING YOU WITH MIND CONTROL WEAPONS WHILE TURNING IN MINDLESS PROTESTERS AND WITH WHAT EXACTLY ARE ORWELLIAN GOVERNMENTS US CONGRESS ALIKE WORLDWIDE SOOO BUSY WITH(USSR#2 alike governments which consists of lawyers or what are liars, physicians/doctors and family members of effected individuals which suffered some sort of brain desease etc....Why lawyers !!? So crime per physicians OR WHAT IS HUMAN EXPERIMENTATION can get away with it) WHEN PLAYING/CLOWNING(acting) IN FRONT OF CAMERAS ONLY HOW SOMETHING HAVE TO BE DONE...NO DIFFERENT FROM ROMNEY WHOSE FATHER EXCELLED AFTER GM WAS DELIBERATELY SCREWED/BANKRUPT LIKE AMERICA TODAY(soon to be success based on deliberate sabotage which is nothing else than grand treason/betrayal with acts of genocide against targeted white population) !!!..

    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 / FORCED BRAIN ELECTRODE/CHIP IMPLANTS / BLACKLISTING / FORCEFUL UNEMPLOYMENT / MK-ULTRA BRAINWASHING AND ASSASSINATIONS(we don't need you any more) AGAINST WHITE(under "NAZI" lie) CIVILIAN POPULATION TODAY IN 2011/2012 ACROSS THE EUROPE AND NORTHERN AMERICA !!!

    Related to WHITES ARE NOT WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!!

    [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 !!! EXILING WHITES(US citizens) WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE AND IMPORTING NON WHITES IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS FREE !!! 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 !!!) !!

    January 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  5. HUMANTESTANIMAL TOYOU

    NEW http://notethicsbutbutchery.blogspot.com/ NEW http://notethicsbutbutchery.blogspot.com/ NEW http://notethicsbutbutchery.blogspot.com/ NEW http://notethicsbutbutchery.blogspot.com/

    VISIT ALL NEW HUMAN EXPERIMENTATIONS IN 2012 http://notethicsbutbutchery.blogspot.com/ LEARN WHO(and why) IS DELIBERATELY TARGETING YOU WITH MIND CONTROL WEAPONS WHILE TURNING IN MINDLESS PROTESTERS

    MAKE SURE TO KEEP DOORS LOCKED AND SECURE, SO YOU WON'T HAVE TO WAKE UP WITH HOLES AND WIRES IN YOUR HEAD AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK(technology have advanced, but not for your sake) !!

    January 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  6. usamerica777

    to each his own

    January 22, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • Ironicus

      Yet we all have to live together on this planet and so many are not willing to let others live freely.

      January 22, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  7. Iqbal Khan

    Enforcing American Hegemony – A Timeline – Flagrancy to Reason
    "I think there is no real argument that the historical lesson for the United States in the 20th Century has been the need for continued strong American involvement.
    http://www.flagrancy.net/timeline.html – Cached

    January 21, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
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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.