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May 30th, 2012
04:17 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, May 30

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: Vatican scandals lift lid on secret power struggle
Bad luck comes in threes, even for the pope. The past week has seen his butler arrested, accused of leaking secret papers from the papal apartment; the head of his bank sacked for incompetence; and a demonstration on his front doorstep by protesters demanding that he reveal what he knows about Italy's most famous missing-person case. It's bad PR for the Vatican, but it may be more than that, experts say. It could affect who becomes the next pope.

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The Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Israel allows government councils to pay non-Orthodox rabbis
The Israeli government will begin paying non-Orthodox rabbis and recognizing them as community leaders. The attorney general’s office advised the Supreme Court Tuesday that Reform and Conservative rabbis in some parts of Israel will be recognized as “rabbis of non-Orthodox communities” and will receive wages equal to those of their Orthodox counterparts.

Religion News Service: Kansas bans Shariah, Muslims eye legal fight
Muslim civil rights groups are calling a new Kansas law that bans Shariah in state courtrooms an expression of Islamophobia that is vulnerable to a legal challenge. The law, signed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday (May 28), does not specifically mention Shariah, or Islamic law, but forbids state courts from basing decisions on foreign laws that contradict rights granted by the U.S. Constitution and state constitutions.

World Magazine: Finding its voice
Canada’s foreign affairs minister, John Baird, part of Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, says religious freedom will be a ‘key element’ of his country’s foreign policy.

The Christian Post: Teen Atheist Who Brought Down Prayer Banner Wins Humanist Award
A teen atheist who brought down a prayer banner that had been displayed in her Rhode Island high school for over half a century will be honored at the American Humanist Association's 71st Annual Conference next week in New Orleans.

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[Pope Benedict XVI] is aware of the delicate situation that the Roman curia is going through, but he is keeping up his serenity with great faith and moral superiority as you saw in yesterday’s celebrations.

Papal spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi on Monday, after the pope’s butler, Paolo Gabriele, was charged with “aggravated theft” of Vatican documents. Read more here.

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CNN: Pastor's comments about gays draw protesters
Hundreds of protesters gathered this weekend in Maiden, North Carolina, to voice their displeasure with a pastor's statement that gays and lesbians should be rounded up behind electric fences. Sheriff Coy Reid estimated between 1,500 and 2,000 protestors came to the Catawba County Justice Center for a peaceful protest on Sunday. He said only two citations for noise violations were issued and there were no arrests.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    June 1, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  2. Clyde Burgoon-Clark

    Two more "pastors," one in Maryland and one in Kansas, called for the killing of gay people over the Memorial Day weekend at Sunday services. How about covering THAT?

    May 30, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  3. Jimmy G.

    Tweet of the Day: That mealy-mouthed old fraud could have done better than that. Or maybe not.

    Jewish Telegraph Agency: Clear proof that Israel is a theocracy filled with corruption.

    Religion New Service: That sounds like a well-written law. The Jihadis will fail if they try to fight it in court.

    World Magazine: Canada's foreign policy has always been a joke amongst the nations. They follow NATO while tied to England's apron strings.

    The Christian Post: That girl deserves a Presidential Medal of Freedom for the abuse she has received while fighting to defend all of our First Amendment rights from the bigots in her city.

    Quote of the Day: I laughed at the shaky protestations of a criminal warlord having evidence of his crimes stolen by his butler.

    May 30, 2012 at 5:54 am |
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