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May 18th, 2012
04:53 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Friday, May 18

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: Artist wants Jesus Popsicles to stand as statement on fanaticism, violence
Sebastian Errazuriz has used art to take on an array of issues: New York's death rate, the Occupy movement, military suicide, children with disabilities, the brutal reign of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Now, the Brooklyn-based artist is taking aim at what he sees as religious extremism. At a party this weekend celebrating New York Design Week, which begins today, the Chilean-born artist plans to hand out 100 "Christian Popsicles" made of "frozen holy wine transformed into the blood of Christ" and featuring a crucifix instead the tongue depressor that typically hosts the frozen treats, he said.

CNN: Your Take: Rebuttals to rethinking the Bible on homosexuality
A guest "My Take" post we ran this week from a college psychology professor who has a background in religion (he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest, for instance) challenged that conventional wisdom. The piece has generated an avalanche of response: 10,000 Facebook shares, 6,000 comments, 200 tweets and a couple of blog posts. Giving the other side its say, here's a rebuttal roundup of critical reactions from across the Internet.

Tweet of the Day:

From @TribSeeker: As Romney rejects plan to go after Obama's former pastor, current pastor urges clergy not to abandon Obama: http://youtu.be/k7Ktjqf9Vi4

Belief on TV:

Enlightening Reads:

BuzzFeed: Americans Don't Know Anything About Romney's Religion — Yet
Armed with fresh survey data and a counterintuitive thesis, a new Brookings Institution study released Wednesday makes the compelling case that Mitt Romney's Mormon faith, long pegged by pundits as a political albatross for the candidate, won't actually hurt him at the polls in November — and it could even help.

The Lexington Herald-Leader: Is Lexington homeless shelter also a church? City says no
Lexington zoning officials are attempting to force the closing of the Community Inn, an overnight homeless shelter on Winchester Road.They say that a conditional-use permit allows a church at the site, but that the Community Inn is not a church.

NFL.com: Tebow fighting to halt sales of 'My Jesus' T-shirts
Tebow, a devout Christian, doesn't attack his critics or grow defensive in the face of constant - often silly - attention. There isn't much that riles the man, but Tebow is taking a stand this month against a T-shirt manufacturer his lawyers claim illegally used his name to peddle their garb, according to a cease and desist letter obtained by TMZ.com. Cubby Tees is selling T-shirts emblazoned with the words "My Jesus," designed to resemble the Jets logo.

Quote of the Day:

Science can help us understand religion just as much as it can help us understand the genome or the structure of the universe.

Anthropologist Scott Atran, in an interview with ABC News. Atran and social psychologist Jeremy Ginges co-authored a study in the journal Science on the need for more scientific research into religion.

Join the conversation…

The campus of Ohio’s Franciscan University of Steubenville.

CNN: College drops health care plan over religious objections to new law
A Catholic college in Ohio has apparently become the nation’s first to drop its health care plan because it opposes parts of the federal health care law signed by President Barack Obama. The Franciscan University of Steubenville posted on its website last week that it is discontinuing its health care plan.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. RadioWave

    Time: 0637am
    Date: 052112

    New. Proof that Divine Intervention have occured, Proof available
    the Israeli God has by His hand pointed to Obama as the Anti-christ.
    dated: 052112

    May 21, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    May 20, 2012 at 5:55 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 21, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  3. Worship Poseidon

    Jesus turned water into wine as a means of seducing persian boys for fanny bandit related activities.

    May 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  4. N. Dow

    Right off the bat this man is in grievous error. The church is NOT built on Peter. What did Christ have to do thump himself on the chest to show that He is the one the church is built one. Why would he pick fallible man for such an important task? Man changes from one day to the next from one year to the next. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

    May 19, 2012 at 9:00 am |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Proven

    May 18, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • Jesus

      You're a proven liar. 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 18, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  6. momoya

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qahB7mYhLxs&w=640&h=360]

    May 18, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • political advisor

      Unable to think for itself the atheist wanna be uses media to do its thinking for it.

      May 18, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • momoya

      And now you look like a complete idiot to anyone who has seen the vast majority of my posts.. Many of my posts are over 500 words with five or six large paragraphs of all original thought/writing.. If you'll take me on in a debate, you'll see..

      Or is commenting, "Ur dumb" the best tactic you have?

      May 18, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Jumpin' Jehosephat

      Very very funny piece of hypocrisy coming from someone who lets an ancient book of Middle Eastern peasant superstitions do his thinking for him.

      The ability of religious people to ignore the incredibly obvious is just astounding. But it is funny, so keep it up!

      May 18, 2012 at 11:47 am |
    • political advisor

      None of your posts are worth squat, merely pointing out your proclivity to parrot senseless drivel.

      May 18, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
    • momoya

      As spoken by a coward with no faith in his own beliefs.. When are you going to take me on in debate?. Or are these "you su.ck" posts all you can manage to make?

      May 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • momoya

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pwwvBygoFA&w=640&h=360]

      May 18, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • Crom

      @momoya – While you may have something to say, having others say it for you is kind of lame. Plus, I cannot see the videos and so whatever point you were(n't) trying to make is lost forever.
      Just say what it is you want to say and leave the videos alone. Step back from the videos and show us your hands!

      May 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
    • momoya

      @ Crom

      The videos are an excellent tool to use.. They simplify the message and convey it visually.. I spend plenty of my own free time typing posts that are sometimes well over 800 words or so.. Also, I want these excellent videos to be spread around the net, and I've received much, much, much more positive feedback than negative..

      I really don't see the issue with using a bright, simple, colorful tool when it's available and will help the good idea spread–ESPECIALLY when I am always willing to debate for long hours into the late night and early morning hours with people I don't know at all and who are hostile to my message and presence..

      I do appreciate your concern.

      May 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • momoya

      Also, I reaaly appreciate it when I come across really great vids on a site like this one.. I guess because I'm thankful, I expect some other people out there are thankful when they view the vids I post–and I hear their thanks sometimes several times a day but at least a few times a week.

      May 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • political advisor

      As long as its talking tool consider momoya, one of the most useless tools on these blogs. Nice excuse, can't think for itself but it got "tools" to do its thinking for it.

      May 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • momoya

      OH gee, more mindless squawking in the same tone and key as always.. This Myna must have only learnt the one phrase?

      May 18, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • momoya

      I guess that's one way of running away with your tail between your legs when I challenge you to debate..

      GWAKKK!! Vidddd -e -o!! GWAKKK Vid -e -o GWAKK!!

      May 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Crom

      @momoya – Well, I had to try.
      You are not learning the lessons of the internet – like:
      800 word posts do little
      responding to batsh.t crazy trolls is just a waste of time
      most people do not come here to learn but come only to say something they think is clever
      ....and so on.
      But go ahead and have fun. There isn't much else to do here but fling poo at religious monkeys anyway...

      May 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • momoya

      I'm posting for my own purposes, so that changes the dynamic from the average poster just letting off steam or whatever.. And, I only spend time on longer posts when I am in a healthy discussion with long posts on both sides or I am writing for a double purpose–as is most often the case.

      I think it's pretty stupid when folks (christians, mostly) want to insult and go on tirades but they won't have an honest discussion or debate if you paid them in gold bullion to do it.

      May 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  7. hippypoet

    no sugar in my coffee! ....i'm sweet enough! 🙂

    oh yeah, god is just an idea, a notion of grandeur but that is all....all things done in the name of god has been done in the name of biased ideals, bigotry, and tyranny...if you don't believe me ask yourself why god would have its followers call it lord and speak of a kingdom is which this so called lord rules – oh and it rules forever too....must be a grand and just ruler indeed right....i'm mean, gods not shallow and petty is it? YES! you can find examples of this pathetic god and its very human traits....its all thru out the bible, and it even makes excuses for why god seems so human – two possible reasons for this – either those who wrote the bible screwed up and forgot to make god seem godlike because its all a lie...a fabrication of man....or god isn't a god but rather a petty, hateful alien with a napoleon complex (not sure they have a napoleon in the alien form...godzilla – lol, but godzilla at least is a true possibility...god and those who believe are living in a fantasy world!!

    May 18, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • Open Mouth - Insert Foot

      Didn't you make an ass of yourself already in the last post you made? That's right, you didn't bother to read an article you commented on and I have to admit, it's been a long time since anyone has looked THAT stupid. You really took it in the pooper on that one.

      Seriously, shut up. You're an idiot.

      May 18, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • momoya

      @HippyPoet

      Right on!! And don't worry about little fvckwads like Open Mouth who can't debate one little point of yours and so they bring up a mistake from yesterday or some stupid sh!t.. What a whiny, negative little bee-atch!!

      May 18, 2012 at 10:50 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Hippy, spoken like a dutiful first line foot soldier. LOL.

      May 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
    • hippypoet

      HeavenSent, spoken like a true christian turning tricks at the end to survive...or just running and hiding in a hole somewhere! i often find them to be of the same nature – cowardice!

      and no, i am no brainwashed tool for someone else's "greater purpose"...thank you very much but no thanks. there are a great many ways in how one can be make ends without the use of force.

      May 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Open Mouth - Insert Foot

      Looks like little retard boy has itself a little fan club. Guess what fan club, hippy does this stupid shit all the time. He knows nothing about everything. He is a moron. I hope to christ jesus almighty and the seven dwarves hippy doesn't have children. If he does, it is destined for stupidity and a lifetime of cleaning rancid sewage spills off the streets with its teeth. With a parent this incompetent, there is a 100% guaranteed chance of failure.

      May 19, 2012 at 3:05 am |
    • Open Mouth - Insert Foot

      By the way momo, there was NOTHING to debate. The moron posted a comment based on an assumption when the article clearly stated the opposite. When you're done kissing hippy's ass, make sure to play hide and go fuck yourself.

      May 19, 2012 at 3:07 am |
    • momoya

      Your hate and spite is towards hippy is infecting YOUR brain with all sorts of nasty chemicals.. Your anger is damaging YOU..

      Bet you can't stop it, though. 🙂 (It's already too late.. HA!!!!)

      May 19, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  8. The TRUTH

    Travolta framed as SCAPEGOAT by mormon temple again in collusion with the vatican! Scientology centers are all safehouses for gay men and are the target of LDS oppression. Please READ and wake up!

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/05/17/john-travolta-accused-trying-to-grope-late-grease-co-star-jeff-conaway/?intcmp=features

    May 18, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  9. Robert Brown

    That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Jn 3:6
    Allow the flesh to rule your life recieve corruption and death. Yield to the spirit and enjoy life, truth, peace, and joy.

    May 18, 2012 at 7:00 am |
    • MASSIVE BALLS

      hahahahahahahahahahahaha

      Thanks for the laugh! Live your life in fear. Be a christian! YEAH!!

      May 18, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Robert, Amen.

      May 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
    • danielwalldammit

      Pointless ramblings. Too bad your faith is so weak.

      May 18, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    May 18, 2012 at 6:34 am |
    • MASSIVE BALLS

      It changes my underwear. With its teeth. After I've soiled them.

      May 18, 2012 at 6:35 am |
    • bringoutyourdead

      Demon replies with filth the only thing it has

      May 18, 2012 at 6:42 am |
    • bringoutyourdead

      Demon replies with filth the only thing it has.

      May 18, 2012 at 6:42 am |
    • MASSIVE BALLS

      Demons answer prayers apparently.

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l94vQn52H9A&w=640&h=360]

      May 18, 2012 at 7:35 am |
    • Prayer changes things

      As suspected minnie balls does not think for itself but relies on media to do its thinking for it. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things , further proof provided by minnie balls

      May 18, 2012 at 7:56 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 18, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Just more carnal babble from a foot soldier for evil (LOL). Talk about major cookie cutters ...

      May 18, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  11. MASSIVE BALLS

    CNN, you really need to target your audience a little better. Many of them are idiots (we refer to them as christians). Please do a better job at making sure it is known that christianity was created by primitives that wiped their butt holes with their left hands. I'm certain the undersides of their fingernails were absolutely atrocious. I just realized, just now, that it's probably what the authors of the bible used for ink. FECES!! That would explain why the bible is such CRAP.

    Anyway, please post more articles about why christianity (and every other religion) is complete trash. Be sure to include the fact that people who believe in these religions are equally trash. Can you publish a book on the subject? We need to spread the GOOD WORD that jesus and gang are all nothing more than a scare tactic that easily frightens stupid people into submission (hence why alabama has such a high rate of christians).

    May 18, 2012 at 5:42 am |
    • Prayer changes things

      Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things. Proof provide by minnie balls above.

      May 18, 2012 at 6:46 am |
    • DC

      Balls,

      Angry much? I truly feel sorry for you. You can claim happiness all you want but your real emotions are obvious.

      May 18, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Jack

      DC, Because a person displays anger does not mean they are not a happy person. No one is one emotion all of the time. If you think you can divine a persons "true emotions" from a message board post, I feel sorry for you.

      May 18, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • momoya

      @DC

      I agree with Jack.. And I don't think that anger is a bad thing all the time.. Sometimes people are right to be angry.. For instance, I am angry that the catholic church sets up shop in some of the poorest and resourceless areas of the world and then tells them not to use contraception because otherwise they'll be tortured forever in the afterlife.. Because of the RCC's stance on contraception there are hundreds of thousands of infants dying each day from malnutrition and rampant disease.. Many of these children live their entire existence in a world of total pain.. When simply providing contraception, these populations could find a stable population size that would allow them to support their meager existence without many, many more mouths to feed because of so many babies being born..

      I actually think you should be angry over this sort of thing, too.. Just because your god enjoys torturing most of his creation in a fire pit for all eternity doesn't mean we should follow his example and force people to live their entire lives in abject poverty, disease, and pain..

      May 18, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • HeavenSent

      momoya, how many times does a Christian have to tell you that you've got this backwards. The one you follow (satan) deceives and destroys so stop blaming it on Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

      May 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • momoya

      convincing argument or evidence, please.

      May 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
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