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May 10th, 2012
04:30 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, May 10

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:

President Barack Obama addressing a gay rights group in 2011.

CNN: Obama's gay marriage support riles religious conservatives, but political effects not yet clear
U.S. President Barack Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage on Wednesday outraged conservative Christian leaders, who vowed to use it as an organizing tool in the 2012 elections, but the move is also activating the liberal base, raising big questions about who gains and loses politically.

CNN: Portugal cancels holidays after Vatican talks
Portugal is eliminating four holidays to try to boost its economy, the government announced – but only after getting the agreement of the Vatican. The economically struggling European country will stop giving workers a day off for Corpus Christi and All Saints' Day, starting next year, the government said. It will also eliminate two civil holidays to be fair, the statement said Tuesday.

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Enlightening Reads:

The Washington Post: Obama: Christ and the Golden Rule informed support of same-sex marriage
President Obama threw his support behind same-sex marriage Wednesday after years of “evolution” on the issue, and invoked Christ and the Golden Rule in detailing how he has changed. In an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, the president painted his endorsement of same-sex marriage as an outgrowth of his Christian beliefs.

The New York Times: Ultra-Orthodox Shun Their Own for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse
By cooperating with the police, and speaking out about his son’s abuse, Mr. Mordechai Jungreis, 38, found himself at the painful forefront of an issue roiling his insular Hasidic community. There have been glimmers of change as a small number of ultra-Orthodox Jews, taking on longstanding religious and cultural norms, have begun to report child sexual abuse accusations against members of their own communities. But those who come forward often encounter intense intimidation from their neighbors and from rabbinical authorities, aimed at pressuring them to drop their cases.

The Guardian: Ofcom may close TV station over show condoning murder for blasphemy
A British TV channel that aired a lecture saying it is acceptable to murder someone who has shown disrespect to the prophet Muhammad is facing a significant fine or potentially even closure by Ofcom. Ofcom said taken the unprecedented step of ruling that DM Digital, which targets the Asian market with programming in languages including English, Punjabi, Urdu, Kashmiri and Hindi, is the first UK broadcaster to break the broadcasting code for airing material "likely to encourage or incite the commission of a crime or lead to disorder".

Catholic News Agency: Nine years later, widow still praying for husband's killers
Margherita Coletta, whose husband Giuseppe – a brigade general of the Italian police – was murdered in an Iraqi suicide attack in 2003, continues to pray that his killers will receive God's mercy. “True justice will come from God,” Margherita told Italian daily Avvenire on May 8.

Quote of the Day:

I hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought civil unions would be sufficient that, that was something that would give people hospital visitation rights and other elements that we take for granted and I was sensitive to the fact for a lot of people the word marriage is something that evokes very powerful traditions, religious beliefs and so forth. But I have to tell you over the course of several years as I talk to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are incredibly committed in monogamous relationships, same sex relationships who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained even now that don't ask don't tell is gone because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage. At a certain point I just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.

President Barack Obama, in an interview with ABC News.

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A Jon Stewart skit that referenced "vagina mangers" has angered a conservative Catholic group.

CNN: Delta pulls 'Daily Show' ads over 'vagina manger' skit
Delta Airlines has pulled its advertising from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” over a skit in which Stewart featured a picture of a manger in between a naked woman’s legs, the company said Tuesday. In the April skit, Stewart jokingly encouraged women to use “vagina mangers” to “protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medical intrusions.”

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. TYPICAL atheist's logic

    Atheists are like a fishermen who have been competing to hit the ocean floor using their long poles but failed. They decided to connect all their long poles altogether and made the last attempt but fail yet. All of them went back to the shore frustrated, telling all people that "ocean like beer in a bar, is bottomless".

    May 12, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • momoya

      As has already been explained to you, the atheists in that situation would likely state the obvious–that they don't yet know how deep the water is since the tools being utilized were unable to determine the truth of the matter..

      If anybody in that scenario were religious, they'd be the ones likely to claim that some big magic guy spoke a spell to make the depth of the water an infinite measurement because god works in mysterious ways or some bullsh!t like that.

      May 13, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • 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 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  3. Crom

    Here's my question for whoever wants to weigh in:

    Name me an ethical statement made or an action performed by a believer that could not have been made or performed by a non-believer. (quoted from Christopher Hitchens, author)

    I await your replies.

    May 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm |
  4. brad7watson4miami

    Pres. Obama stated his religious view is the 'Golden Rule', therefore, he supports gay marriage. The Mormon Mitt Romney replied, "My religion teaches that marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman, and a woman, and a woman, and a woman..."

    May 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  5. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is INSIDE you.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:31 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's BUILDING.

      May 10, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Dwayne

      Correction, the most accurate interpretation: Luke 17:23-25 (NLT)
      23 People will tell you, ‘Look, there is the Son of Man,’ or ‘Here he is,’ but don’t go out and follow them.
      24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other, so it will be on the day when the Son of Man comes.

      May 10, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  6. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Eat it all you gluttons of pggly wigglings! Drink it all up you of alcoholisms trades! Go and get laid and be gay about it! Such is the mantras within the perverted common wealths of socialists!

    May 10, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • Robert Brown

      1 Corinthians 15:31-33, I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die. Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

      May 10, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      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 10, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

      May 10, 2012 at 11:28 am |
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