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July 30th, 2012
04:29 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, July 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: What's at stake for Romney in Israel
Mitt Romney will be glad handing and photo opping in Israel until Monday during the second leg of the presumptive GOP nominee's international campaign trip. It is unmistakably aimed, in part, at a traditional Democratic voting bloc: Jewish Americans who are politically active in fundraising, campaigning and voting.

CNN: Chick-fil-A wades into a fast-food fight over same-sex marriage rights
Ordering lunch just got a lot more complicated than deciding how to answer, "Do you want fries with that?" Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy sparked reactions that were swift and strong after he weighed in on same-sex marriage by saying his company backs the traditional family unit.

Tweet of the Day:

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Enlightening Reads:

The New York Times: Nuns Weigh Response to Scathing Vatican Rebuke
American nuns are preparing to assemble in St. Louis next week for a pivotal meeting at which they will try to decide how to respond to a scathing critique of their doctrinal loyalty issued this spring by the Vatican — a report that has prompted Roman Catholics across the country to rally to the nuns’ defense.

The Los Angeles Times: Egypt unnerved by rising religious fervor
An engineering student is killed for walking with his fiancee by men reportedly linked to a group called the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. Women are harassed for not wearing veils, owners of liquor stores say they're being threatened, and fundamentalists are calling for sex segregation on buses and in workplaces.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Austrian religious groups ask gov’t to clarify position on circumcision
Religious groups in Austria called on the government to reaffirm its commitment to religious freedom and the legality of male circumcision. The Austrian Jewish Community, the Islamic Community of Austria, and Catholic and Lutheran bishops in a July 27 statement called on Vienna to "issue a clear commitment to religious freedom and to the legality of male circumcision."

Religion News Service: Religion at the Olympics, from ancient Greece to London
What began in ancient Greece as a festival to honor a single god, Zeus, has now become an almost Olympian task, as organizers of the games navigate dozens of sacred fasts, religious rituals and holy days. The London Olympics will try to accommodate religious athletes with 193 chaplains, a prayer room in every venue and a multifaith center in the Olympic Village.

Huffington Post: Siyum HaShas 2012: Why 90,000 Jews Will Gather In MetLife Stadium To Celebrate Reading The Talmud
Some books you just can't put down. On Aug. 1, some 90,000 Jewish men and women will attend a celebration of one such tome - the Talmud. Organizers bill the event as the largest party for Jewish learning in 2,000 years.

Opinion of the Day:

Twelve crosses comprise a makeshift memorial across the street from the movie theater where last week’s mass shooting happened.

CNN: My Take: This is where God was in Aurora
Rob Brendle is the founding pastor of Denver United Church, a former associate pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, and the author of "In the Meantime: The Practice of Proactive Waiting." He gives his take on the question, “Where was God in Aurora?”

Join the conversation…

CNN: Evangelist Billy Graham defends Chick-fil-A
Billy Graham, the dean of American evangelists, has once again broken his usual silence on hot-button issues, defending the president of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain for his opposition to same-sex marriage days after issuing a letter decrying what he sees as the nation's moral decay.

- CNN's Laura Koran

Filed under: Morning Read

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Cletus Spuckler

    that's my fuc[b][/b]king squirrel, i sawed it first!

    August 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Cletus Spuckler

      dang near shit on my boot

      August 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  2. Cletus Spuckler

    grape

    August 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  3. Cletus Spuckler

    gra[b][/b]pe

    August 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  4. realbuckyball

    test

    July 31, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  5. &#32

    &#x2203

    July 31, 2012 at 11:34 am |
  6. neil

    Help us save the jobs of 5 people
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    Please help

    July 31, 2012 at 12:35 am |
  7. Hypatia

    Religion: the toilet of humanity

    July 30, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  8. Nietodarwin

    Religion is a by-product of our evolution throughout all cultures that is not beneficial to our survival as a species.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • Orem

      We seem to have thrived beyond all reason in spite of it.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Nietodarwin, try this truth on for size. Take a ride to your nearest beach. Lay out in the sun all day. Got a nice burn? Now, take that burn and amplify it thousands of times, blazing sun beating down on the blazing hot sands ... as you, a mere worm, taking months to crawl from the choppy ocean thrown onto the sandy beach (without food nor water nor shelter) to slither inch by inch to the nearest shaded tree.

      Not only are you fried to smitherines in the blazing sun. It never happened.

      So much for all you atheists logical thinking. NOT.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • Nietodarwin

      Yes, in spite of it, but it had it's role in centuries past. It's a ball and chain upon us now

      July 30, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • Huebert

      Religion is a consequence of our brain's tendency to attribute a cause to everything. The brain is also constantly trying to save energy so it looks for the simplest cause. This is why religion is so appealing to so many people. It provides one simple cause for everything.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • Huebert

      @HS

      Excellent straw man argument, oh wait...no, no it wasn't.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:30 am |
    • Lux

      More ridiculous nonsense. Is that how you think evolution happened? In an extended afternoon at the beach!

      July 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
    • Nietodarwin

      Submission of chosen targets (A.merican Indians, Muslims, blacks, gays, females of every race, Mexicans, etc.) are gradual as they adopt the T.almudic concepts as being Christian, thus producing a J.ewish society. It is what Rabbi Martin Siegel call, "the J.udaization of Christianity.")

      July 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  9. Nienista

    Please don't feed the trolls.

    July 30, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • K-switch

      I wish HS would take that advice and leave the "phony" HS alone.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:13 am |
    • HeavenSent

      So K-twitch, it's OK in your book to lie? Steal? Cheat? Falsely accuse another by writing under their name? Deny freedom of speech?

      July 30, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • K-switch

      @ HS. No. But your constatnt complaining does no good. It is obvious when your name has been "stolen". By "feeding the troll" you just encourage it to do it more. Obviously someone gets a kick out of getting you flustered and you are getting thier rocks off.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Nietodarwin

      Submission of chosen targets (A.merican Indians, M.uslims, blacks, gays, females of every race, Mexicans, etc.) are gradual as they adopt the T.almudic concepts as being Christian, thus producing a J.ewish society. It is what Rabbi Martin Siegel call, "the J.udaization of Christianity.")

      July 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  10. HeavenSent

    Oh wait,
    I just realized..maybe I presume to known Jesus' truth. Maybe I'm wrong. Oh oh. Also, maybe preaching is a waste of time. Maybe my father, who ain't really in heaven, gave these cats brains to think for themselves. Now what will I do all day ?

    July 30, 2012 at 7:13 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I must have provided too much truth for you Scotty that you refuse to handle, hence, constantly hijacking my handle to post your babble.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:04 am |
    • HeavenSent

      I just thought of something Scott. Since you have the v v v capabilities and know everyone's e-mails that post, why aren't you blocking the phony heavensent posts. Just because it's you. LOL.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • Nietodarwin

      Submission of chosen targets (A.merican Indians, Muslims, blacks, gays, females of every race, Mexicans, etc.) are gradual as they adopt the T.almudic concepts as being Christian, thus producing a J.ewish society. It is what Rabbi Martin Siegel call, "the J.udaization of Christianity.") ...

      July 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 30, 2012 at 4:32 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Sadly it hasn't made you meet your imaginary friend yet!

      July 30, 2012 at 4:41 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Truth, is that what you were praying?

      Christians know ...

      He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination.

      Proverbs 28:9

      Amen.

      July 30, 2012 at 5:53 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      HS: All you do by quoting the buybull is prove that you are not capable of forming a thought of your own.

      July 30, 2012 at 6:39 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Let me walk you back a few months ... you put me through this already. When I told you Jesus' truth using my own words, you fools made a blog of it, hijacked my handle and twist and contort what I wrote as if I'm suppose to have written that nonsense.

      What's the matter realitynot, His truth confusing to you for never learning it, as we are suppose to?

      July 30, 2012 at 6:49 am |
    • Nietodarwin

      Vomiting on the table is not healthy for the other people trying to eat. You basically do the same thing everyday, on every story.
      Many christians are fed up with your quote too. I'm atheist, healthy, and a school teacher. Get some help.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Are you referring to me Nietodarwin? If so, I wasn't on this site for days, but my handle was used.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:18 am |
    • 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 30, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      - Submission of chosen targets (A.merican Indians, Muslims, blacks, gays, females of every race, Mexicans, etc.) are gradual as they adopt the T.almudic concepts as being Christian, thus producing a J.ewish society. It is what Rabbi Martin Siegel call, "the J.udaization of Christianity.")

      July 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm |

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