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: Why is obscure Bible verse from Exodus trending on Twitter?
It’s not every day a Bible verse lights up social media, but a relatively obscure verse from the Hebrew Bible – what Christians call the Old Testament – was trending on Twitter worldwide Thursday. The verse, Exodus 23:1, offers this admonition: “You shall not spread a false report. You shall not join hands with the wicked to act as a malicious witness.” (New Revised Standard Version)
Tweet of the Day:
What does the Dalai Lama really fear? Being eaten by sharks. ow.ly/b82ND #Buddhism #Tibet— Daniel Burke (@dburke13) May 24, 2012
What does the Dalai Lama really fear? Being eaten by sharks. ow.ly/b82ND #Buddhism #Tibet
The Washington Post: Mormons struggling with doubt turn to online support groups
The Web has become such an important part of Mormon life that Mormons call their social networks the “bloggernacle” — named after the Tabernacle, a famous gathering place in downtown Salt Lake City. With names such as feministmormonhousewives.org, newordermormon.org and Brian Johnston’s stayLDS.com, the sites devoted to questioning provide a safe place for Mormons to grapple with topics such as polygamy, institutional racism and a scripture that teaches that Jesus visited the American continent.
WABC-TV: Muslim woman told to remove niqab in mall
Wakeelah Salaam had been shopping by herself for less than ten minutes at the Bridegwater Commons Mall when a security guard approached her and told her to remove her traditional Muslim face covering. "He said, 'ma'am, I'm telling you, you cannot wear that mask in here. He came as close to me as though he was going to kiss me, and then he made the hand gesture like he was going to lift it up for me," Salaam said.
The Concord Monitor: City wins church tax fight
The city didn't violate state law or the Constitution when it began taxing a Pentecostal church after officials determined parts of the church's sprawling building on Mountain Road weren't being used for a religious purpose, the New Hampshire's high court ruled yesterday.
Religion News Service: As Muslim community grows, Muslim funerals follow suit
As the Muslim population of the U.S. has grown - the number of mosques grew 74 percent in the last 10 years, according to a 2011 survey - so has the need for Muslim-specific services like funeral homes and cemeteries.
Foreign Policy: Chinese business looking for a few good Jews
For those curious about the Chinese "Rent a White Guy" phenomenon, whereby a Chinese company will employ a foreigner part-time to sit near the front of an office or to join in on meetings because it apparently adds a level of sophistication, here's how they get hired. Foreign Policy’s Isaac Stone Fish received this letter yesterday from a contact in Beijing, who agreed to it being posted. Try to count how many American anti-discrimination laws this ad violates.
Quote of the Day:
Based on Islamic teachings and the clear fatwa of the supreme leader, the production and use of weapons of mass destruction is haram and have no place in the Islamic Republic of Iran's defense doctrine.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated on Wednesday, as world leaders met in Baghdad with the goal of persuading the Iranian government to suspend parts of its nuclear program. Read more here.
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CNN: Mixed reactions around church whose pastor’s anti-gay rant went viral
Just about everyone here is talking about the local pastor who made national headlines this week after a video that features him telling congregants how to “get rid of” gays went viral. Neighbors of the Providence Road Baptist Church – where a sign advertises “old time religion” – say Pastor Charles Worley is known for being over the top, with one neighbor describing him as “fire and brimstone” whose views are out of sync with much of the surrounding community.
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The christian liars come out to play in their usual fashion. Not surprising.
 Explain how and give at least 3 examples
 Prove that we are liars
 Either put up or shut up!
Glad I'm not an atheist. The ones I know in real life are pretty sh.itty people who are most certainly not as happy as they claim. Funny how they do all claim to be so moral and happy though right?
So how about some specifics? Change names to protect the innocent. Tell me about these alleged aquaintances of yours. You know them well enough to know they are not happy, how can you tell? Or did you just come to fling insults. If so that's fine.
Boring regular douche wanders in, tries a new handle, trolls for amusement... but is still boring.
With that sort of stupidity running rampant through your brain, C'mon, I'm also glad that you're not an atheist.
A serious question for Christians: Do you believe Jews will get into heaven if they follow thier own beliefs, denying Jesus?
yoooo lunchie p00 how'd you get the handle which represents the #1 meal in the day?!?!? I wanted that handle but unfortunately the next best thing available was breakfast. I do love eggs though!!! Get at me bro!!!
I've also run across a "Coffebreaker", he's pretty cool. And then there is smokebreaker, but you never see him post because he has to go outside to smoke. So he is forced to talk to other smokers face to face :(
I hate canadians. Darn it ! Did it again.
Using someone else handle on an anonymous blog has to rank below dumpster diving or garbage picking as a hobby. God bless
The fact that you get so upset about it ranks even lower. Gonna cry about it?
WAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! SOMEONE STOLE MY NAME!!! I WANT MY MOMMY!
Not the least bit upset, better people than you have stolen the handle for weeks now. Just pointing out how highly you are viewed in doing it. God bless
If it doesn't bother you quit responding. It's like the idiots who post replies to "Athiesm is not healthy guy". Don't feed the trolls. So since you claim to be the bigger man just walk away.
The response is designed to alert the other 7billion people on the planet that there is a moron in their midst. God bless
Then you underestimate others intellegence. Only an idiot would think I am you. It is blatantly obvious when someone steals a name.
As it is obvious you are a moron. God bless
Still looking for my pants. And I'm sorry about the dumpster diving comment, I have nothing against poor people who make their living that way. I myself have enjoyed a second hand burger more than once. God bless
Try recycling your next Mc Donalds.
Now this is just ridiculous, someone stole my stolen handle.
Prayer changes things, oops wrong name.
Everyone here uses the wrong name. Frauds just happen to be more wrong than normal people. God bless
If you are not CA, why do you care Mr. Sayin?
Your "logic'shakes the world to the core, not. God bless
Just admit you love it. You keep coming back for more. You're so cute. You seeing anybody?
So we have to put dashes or dots or something just to spell a word like doc.ument? Is CNN fu.cking retarded?
Try this one:
The Ja.panese Const.itution is a doc.ument that forbids va.grancy.
Does it forbid va.grancy? Yet there are homeless people everywhere in Ja.pan who are not bothered as they sleep in the street. Maybe they don't pay much attention to that part of their doc.ument.
Or are you just putting examples into a sentence?
You said, "So we have to put dashes or dots or something just to spell a word like doc.ument? Is CNN fu.cking retarded?"
CNN uses WordPress blogs for their opinion pieces, and they use automated censoring that looks for words, or fragments of words, that are considered offensive. If your post doesn't show up, it most likely had a forbidden word in it.
Repeat posts, even those that were previously censored and not displayed, will show a message stating that you posted it before.
The following words or word fragments will get your post censored (list is incomplete):
To circumvent the filters you can break up the words by putting an extra character in, like: consti.tution (breaking the oh so naughty "tit").
I like turtles
It's turtles all the way down, baby.
What if the dying athiest is mentally handicapped?
The natural state of an atheist is mentally handicapped. Read some of these posts. God bless
So God sends mentally handicapped people to hell? Must be from Texas.
Hell is reserved for Satan and the fallen angels, it was never intended for mankind and God has made every provision so that people do not have to go there. If a person ends up in hell it will be by their own choosing. God bless
But really, I need my pants. God bless
Prayer changes things
No it doesn't and here is proof of that: " Mother's testimony in child's death: 'I felt like God would heal him" This sick minded individual should be treated the same way she treated her child...prayed over and denied medical attention when it is most needed...maybe then she'll realize how horrific her delusions truly are.
No proof by "liar" prevails at all. Story is not consistent with proper communication with God. God bless
oh just spewin; it wouldn't matter what evidence was put in your face, you'd still deny it...reality really does frighten you, doesn't it little one? I'm not sure how this could be much clearer, the woman actually told the police she believed praying would heal her ailing child...just one more piece of evidence that goes against your belief that prayer works. Maybe if you learned to comprehend something outside of the 2000 year old book of fairy tales, you'd be able to comprehend the article! Only schizophrenics and children have imaginary friends...which category do you fall under?
I believe God gave us knowledge and the ability to make rational decisions. Ever hear of that joke of the man stranded out in the sea?
A man had been stranded out in the sea on a life raft for a few days. He prayed to God to come and save him. Soon after a fishing boat came and offered to save him. He said, "no thanks, God will save me." The fishing boat and its crew left out of bewilderment. He prayed again "God, please come and save me!" Shortly after, a cargo ship arrived and offered to save him. He said "No thanks, God will save me." The ship and its crew then left. The stranded man later died of dehydration. He met up with God at the pearly gates and asked, "God, why didnt you save me?" God said, " I sent you two boats you dummy!
What you have is not evidence. God bless
Prayer definitely does change things. You have to really believe when you pray AND you have to understand that when we pray, we mightn't get what we want but we ALWAYS get what we need,
My imaginary friend, namely Outr Lady of Lourdes cures people at Lourdes through tyhe power of God. Pleqase look up Jack Traynor and Gabriel Gargam for 2 examples before making ill-founded comments.
BTW seriously ill people who go to Lourdes are diagnosed by doctors before and after their visit. Doctors of any religion,or no religion – atheists – are invited to participate. Where there are inexplicable miracles these medics, including atheists, have accepted that our "imaginary friends" are pretty impressive! I've been there more than once helping to nurse the sick and where there is no cure the sick change from people who are depressed to positive, happy souls who offer their sufferings up to God for the conversion of sinners.
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!
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The "etc" means to keep a lookout for other possibilities if your post gets deleted.
The list, which includes actual "bad" words:
ar-se.....as in spa-rse, pa-rse, ar-senic, etc.
ass-hole.....yet ass is okay.
cia-lis...as in Cia-lis(a drug), socia-lism, socia-list, specia-list, etc. (note: this only happens in combination with some email addresses uknown as to why)
co-ck.....as in co-ckatiel, co-ckatrice, co-ckleshell, co-ckles, lubco-ck, etc.
co-on.....as in rac-oon, coc-oon, etc.
cu-m......as in doc-ument, accu-mulate, circu-mnavigate, circu-mstances, cu-mbersome, cucu-mber, etc.
ef-fing...as in this ef-fing filter
ft-w......as in soft-ware, delft-ware, swift-water, etc.
ho-mo.....as in ho-mo sapiens or ho-mose-xual, ho-mogenous, etc.
hoo-ters...hoot, hootie, and hooter is okay. More than one hooter is bad.
ho-rny....as in tho-rny, etc.
jacka-ss...yet "ass" is allowed by itself.....
ja-p......as in j-apanese, ja-pan, j-ape, etc.
koo-ch....as in koo-chie koo..!
po-on.....as in spo-on, po-ontang, harpo-on, etc.
pr-ick....as in pri-ckling, pri-ckles, etc.
ra-pe.....as in scra-pe, tra-peze, gr-ape, thera-peutic, sara-pe, etc.
se-x......as in Ess-ex, s-exual, etc.
sh-@t.....but shat is okay – don't use the @ symbol there.
sp-ic.....as in disp-icable, hosp-ice, consp-icuous, susp-icious, sp-icule, sp-ice, etc.
strip-per..but strip, stripe are okay.
ti-t......as in const-itution, att-itude, ent-ities, alt-itude, anti-thesis (any anti-"t" word),beat-itude, etc.
tw-at.....as in wristw-atch, nightw-atchman, etc.
va-g......as in extrava-gant, va-gina, va-grant, va-gue, sava-ge, etc.
who-re....as in who're you kidding / don't forget to put in that apostrophe or break it up somehow!
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