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May 1st, 2012
04:22 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, May 1

By Laura Koran, 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: Poll: Many Muslims in Mideast, Pakistan have poor view of al Qaeda
Most Muslims in several key Middle Eastern and Asian countries hold negative views of the terrorist network al Qaeda a year after U.S. forces killed its leader Osama bin Laden, according to a recent survey.

The Sikh Coalition unveils new app to combat racial profiling.

CNN: Sikh group develops app to report airport profiling
The Sikh Coalition, a civil rights advocacy group, on Monday released a mobile application on iPhones and Android phones giving passengers who feel they've been racially or religiously profiled a way to speak out against screeners with the Transportation Security Administration.

CNN: Columnist Dan Savage stands by comments on 'bulls**t in the Bible'
Columnist and gay-rights advocate Dan Savage is standing by his comment that “we can learn to ignore the bulls**t in the Bible about gay people” at a recent conference for high school students, a line that prompted some to walk out and spurred intense online debate.

Tweet of the Day:

From @DalaiLama: Fear, hatred, and suspicion narrow your mind – compassion opens it.

Belief on TV:

Enlightening Reads:

The Guardian: 'Honour killings': murder by any other name
A recent case grabbed the headlines in Turkey, a country not unused to so-called honour killings and domestic violence against women. The tragedy acquired an unexpected twist when the press found out that the family of one of the victims was, in fact, of Christian Armenian origin and had converted to Islam more than a generation ago.

Religion News Service: Conservatives go after ‘NASCAR Christian’ vote
Back in John Kerry’s ill-fated 2004 presidential campaign, Democrats tried to attract so-called “NASCAR Dads” to try to blunt George W. Bush’s re-election and show folks that Kerry was not a wealthy patrician who only appealed to “soccer moms.” Now Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Coalition is trying to corral what might be called “NASCAR Christians” in hopes that social conservatives will give Mitt Romney a crucial boost in November.

The New York Times: Trying to Fill Broadway Seats With Those Who Fill the Pews
Jesus is cracking jokes, sharing parables and dying for our sins in three Broadway musicals this spring, while another six shows feature religious themes that are woven through dialogue and lyrics. But what many of these productions lack are ticket-buying multitudes who identify themselves as people of faith, a group rarely courted by Broadway producers offering the sort of focused advertising campaigns that turned movies like “The Passion of the Christ” and “The Blind Side” into unexpected hits.

CBSDFW.com: Theater Denies Atheists Their Advertisement Time
An atheist group says a theater is discriminating against them — not for what’s on the big screen — but what’s not being played before the movie starts.

Catholic News Service: Wikipedia head joins Vatican meeting, talks about abortion controversy
The co-founder of Wikipedia told a Vatican audience that his online encyclopedia could contribute to peace by promoting "a more thoughtful world," even as the site was under fire for how it referred to those who oppose and support legalized abortion.

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An exhibit of Rodin's “The Thinker.”

CNN: Study: Analytic thinking can decrease religious belief
In a study, published Friday in the journal Science, researchers from Canada’s University of British Columbia used subtle stimuli to encourage analytical thinking. Results from the study found that analytical thinking could decrease religious belief.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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  1. Toryg Beardmorek

    Paragraph writing is also a excitement, if you be acquainted with afterward you can write or else it is complicated to write.

    July 26, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    May 2, 2012 at 5:36 am |
    • Jesus

      -Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      May 2, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  3. ABCD

    To the atheists complaining about advertising in theaters. Think of it this way: let's say 70 percent of the theater goers are theists whereas 30 percent are atheists/agnostics. Then let's say that 100 people go to the theater each week. Each person spends 10 dollars on a movie ticket. Then you pay the theater 300 dollars to advertise something that will offend 70 percent of the movie goers. So for a recap there is 1000 dollars of ticket revenue and 300 dollars in advertising. Let's say there is more than one movie theater in town and the other ones cater more to theistic beliefs so all 70 of 100 movie goers have switched theaters. Since each one would have spent 10 dollars that's 700 dollars in lost revenue. So now we have 1000 (average monthly earnings) minus 700 (theist earnings) which equals 300 dollars and we add the 300 in revenue so 600 dollars total. So now the movie theater has lost 40 percent of their profit an for what? Advertising an atheist billboard that wouldn't have "freed" anyone anyway? Then you advertisers call not wanting to lose almost half your revenues discrimination? If a bunch of Muslims wanted to run a p e n i s enlargement ad and the theater didn't run it should they sue the theater because they're Muslim and their ad wasn't run? It appears to me that atheists are becoming more and more whiny for all the wrong reasons.

    May 2, 2012 at 1:43 am |
  4. Cheese

    :D

    May 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  5. J.W

    I think all of the Christian groups should get together and come up with an updated Bible, addressing specific issues relevant today and getting rid of the old laws. What does everyone think of that?

    May 1, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Ok, I speak for God.

      In truth my young freind, I suspect you might get yourself burnt at the stake if you keep speaking rationaly when it comes to Jeebus.

      Christians make it a habit of killing trouble makers!

      May 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Doug, IN

      I can't believe you'd want to rewrite something without value. The Bible is garbage. Rewriting it won't solve anything.

      May 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Oh JW, you're so close now...just a few more weeks and you'll be cured of the religion virus and free at last. :-)

      May 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  6. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Yes, I am in others' eyes, a "filty dirtbag". I should never have been born! Where does one draw the lines of understandings and reputations and ill solace? Is it righteous to lay wastes of disgruntalisms upon one's dung heaps of sickened Acts? Should a condemner ever condemn the commoners of sinfulness? Is one sin above all other sins? Is there a proverbial ladder of sin in atheits' parlors? What right do others of sin have to codemn a fellow sinner? Who among us today is more righteous then another? Who then is less righteous of all? Sands do ever shift and one's footprints are ever to be washed!

    May 1, 2012 at 10:48 am |
    • William Demuth

      W-T-F?

      May 1, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      He is a "Poe"....

      May 1, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • Doug, IN

      I don't think you're a filthy dirtbag. You had some problem and people won't forgive you or even try to understand, amirite?
      Happens all the time. People make mistakes. Sometimes they can't let go of the self-condemnation. You have to forgive yourself because you didn't know any better or you wouldn't have done whatever, rite? Your okay, just try to heal and move on.

      May 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • William Demuth

      Doug, IN

      Hey, if the dude says he is a dirtbag, it's good enough for me.

      Who am I to argue?

      May 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  7. A friend

    Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, [so] making peace;

    May 1, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  8. William Demuth

    May Day has arrived!

    I wonder if OWS has anything spectacular planed?

    For 30 years people have feared the right, and I for one would love to see a resurgence of fear of the left!

    Somewhere in the throngs of that great unwashed is a man who may change the world.

    I wonder if the aspirations for peacefull change have hardened?

    Might America soon have some Martyrs on the left side of the equation for once?

    May 1, 2012 at 8:39 am |
    • Sidi

      So women aren't going to change the world, eh? Well, thanks for the vote of confidence.

      May 1, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • William Demuth

      Nothing hotter than a bomb throwing She Anarchist!

      But once you hit 35, please unburn the bra, or you might take someones eye out.

      May 1, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Bo

      @ Sidi, Are you not being a little too sinsitive?

      May 1, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • Doug, IN

      A smelly man is going to save the world? Is this a prophecy? Do you have the true word?

      May 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  9. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 1, 2012 at 5:24 am |
    • Mirosal

      It only changes perception in an already weakened and gullible mind.

      May 1, 2012 at 5:25 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Proven

      May 1, 2012 at 5:36 am |
    • Mirosal

      No, it doesn't. People have been praying for you to stop for months now, and you're still at it. See, it doesn't work. –PROVEN–

      May 1, 2012 at 5:38 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Proven
      Powerful

      May 1, 2012 at 5:43 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Ah Mirosal, you know the way this goes...just spewin will conveniently appear and tell you how wrong you are, then CA will step in and the rhetoric continues another day. There are some people who will never open their minds...that religious virus is taunting them. They can't stop for one second to think about anything outside the crap they have been lied to about all these years, they stay in their small groups to avoid having to hear the facts and see the evidence for themselves (ie; getting to a museum), they probably pray at least once a day, they attend all church functions...so then they come here where they are free to be bigoted, racist, hypocritical because we dare question them. They can't seem to understand that stuff that remains mysterious are good things, it means we have not stopped evolving and learning. They're all too satisfied in their world. As long as they keep it out of anything having to do with children (ie; the public school system) and keep it out of politics and attempt to put the shoe on the other foot, all is good...it's when it crosses that line that it becomes an issue.
      Bottom line, this is one of those people who is insufferably stuck forever with that deadly virus. :-)

      May 1, 2012 at 6:16 am |
    • Mirosal

      And hello my dear lady :) .. I see your point, and I think you should see my post on page 30 of "an'alytical thinking" story... I have a good question at the end of my posting. You kind of covered it here to start with.

      May 1, 2012 at 6:21 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      @Mirosal: I will check that out.

      May 1, 2012 at 6:59 am |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      May 1, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • No Truth, Just Claims

      "Pretty Bird"

      BwwwaaaaaCK!!!!!

      May 1, 2012 at 11:46 am |
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