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July 19th, 2012
04:36 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, July 19

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: Tennessee Muslims sue to open mosque
A Tennessee Islamic center has asked a federal court to clear the way for a new mosque to open in time for the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan at sundown Thursday. Plans for the mosque in Murfreesboro, near Nashville, have resulted in threats to the center and a lawsuit that led to a county judge's order shutting down the project in June. The Islamic Center of Murfreesboro is now asking a federal judge to allow the mosque to open, arguing that it is being blocked "merely because local anti-Islamic protests have made the mosque controversial."

CNN: Olympian counts God as coach
Ryan Hall is the fastest American distance runner competing in the London Olympics and he says he owes it all to his omnipresent coach who has been there with him every step of the way. “I’ll just be straight forward, my coach is God,” the 29-year-old Hall told CNN.

CNN: Wheaton College sues administration over contraception mandate
Wheaton College, the most prominent evangelical higher education institution in the United States, has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over a mandate to provide contraceptive coverage. The Illinois school joins Catholic counterparts Catholic University and the University of Notre Dame in filing suits to stop a Health and Human Services mandate to provide birth control coverage to their employees.

CNN: Father and son join Catholic priesthood – together
The Revs. Chuck Hough IV and Chuck Hough III have more in common than just their names. The two have become a rarity in the Catholic Church – a father and son who became ordained Catholic priests at the same time. Both men are both former Episcopal priests, each with a wife and children.

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Enlightening Reads:

Catholic News Service: Vatican passes first test against money laundering, finance crimes
As the Vatican continues working to comply with international standards against money laundering and financing terrorism, it still needs to beef up internal inspection and supervisory powers, said a long-awaited report by European finance experts. Overall, the Vatican met nine out of 16 "key and core" recommendations, thereby passing its first major test in an effort to become more financially transparent and compliant with international norms.

The Huffington Post: Rev. Anthony Lee Gets Tested For HIV In The Pulpit To Promote AIDS Awareness
Four times a year, Rev. Anthony Lee steps onto the pulpit and gets tested for HIV in front of his entire congregation. It is just one of the ways that Community Of Hope is a place of healing, and Lee offers a model of ministry that every church can learn from. In connection with the 19th International AIDS Conference that starts on July 22, HuffPost caught up Lee to learn about his church and its Gospel-centered approach to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Religion News Service: St. Paul Saints baseball team to become ‘Mr. Paul Aints’ on atheist night
For one hot August night, the St. Paul Saints, a Minnesota minor league baseball team, will become the “Mr. Paul Aints” in a game sponsored by a local atheist group. Dubbed “A Night of Unbelievable Fun,” the Aug. 10 game against the Amarillo Sox will include an auction of players’ special “Aints” jerseys, fireworks and a ceremonial first pitch by David Silverman, president of American Atheists.

Quote of the Day:

We are very much supportive of the family - the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.

Dan Cathy, President and COO of Chic-fil-A, told the Baptist Press earlier this week. Gay rights groups have long criticized the company for its donations to groups that oppose same sex marriage.

Opinion of the Day:

CNN: My Take: Why the Dalai Lama cannot condemn Tibetan self-immolations
Author: Tenzin Dorjee is executive director of Students for a Free Tibet, a global grassroots network of students and activists working for Tibetan independence. A writer and an activist, he is a spokesperson for the global Tibetan youth movement.

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Arsalan Iftikhar says the debate on circumcision is really about religious freedom.

CNN: My Take: Jews and Muslims should unite against Germany circumcision ban
Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com and author of the book "Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era." He gives his take on a recent and controversial ban by a German court on the circumcision of baby boys.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does 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!-

      July 19, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
  2. AGuest9

    Yep, this place is looking like the Middle East more and more every day.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  3. AGuest9

    Tennessee mosque to open in time to condemn "Infidel neighbors" for holiday.
    Runner deludes himself all the way to London.
    College praying for baby boom.
    Catholics have finally figured a way to get married priests – steal Episcopalians.
    Vatican continues cover-up.
    Reverend walks the talk – a rarity.
    Minor league ball club gives up delusion – if only for one night.
    Restaurant continues to wear delusion – and ignorance – on it's sleeve.
    Dalai Lama wonders why people don't leave him alone.
    People continue to argue over male babies' foreskin in Germany. Babies, like Dalai Lama, wish to just be left alone.

    July 19, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Last time I looked AGuest, Muslims only hate the atheists that infiltrated the US.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • K-switch

      What do you care HS? Both muslims and athiests will burn in your imaginary hell.

      July 19, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • niknak

      Excellent summation of the news.
      Can I subscribe to your blog so I don't have to bother reading the whole article?

      July 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
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