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August 3rd, 2012
04:37 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Friday, August 3

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: 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day' sets record, restaurant chain says
Chick-fil-A says it set a sales record on Wednesday, the day that supporters rallied around the fast-food chain amid a debate over its president's opposition to same-sex marriage. The chain said it won't release sales numbers, but "we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day," said Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A's executive vice president of marketing.

CNN: Snoop Dogg is a Rasta now, so what's Rastafari?
Rapper Snoop Dogg announced Monday that he's burying his name and old career, all because of a religious experience with Rastafari, an Afrocentric religion with origins in Jamaica. Snoop Dogg wants to be called Snoop Lion and instead of rapping on his latest album now he'll be singing reggae. "I want to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion," he said at a Monday press conference. "I didn't know that until I went to the temple, where the high priest asked me what my name was, and I said, 'Snoop Dogg.' And he looked me in my eyes and said, 'No more. You are the light; you are the lion.'

CNN: New York’s 'Magenta yenta' candidate vows to 'leave the pink at home'
What do you get when you mix leopard print, pop group LMFAO's song "Sexy and I Know It" and a law student who calls herself the "diva of the district?" Answer: Mindy Meyer's New York Senate campaign website. After catapulting herself to internet stardom with her very pink campaign, the orthodox Jewish 22-year old from Brooklyn now tells CNN she is planning to "leave the pink at home" because of all the negative media attention she has received.

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Enlightening Reads:

The Atlantic: eTalmud: The iPad Future of the Ancient Text
Last night, in the marshes of East Rutherford, in a stadium that is normally home to cheering football fans or screaming teeny boppers, some 90,000 Jews - a sold-out crowd - gathered for Siyyum HaShas, a celebration that marks the completion, after seven-and-a-half years, of the page-a-day (front and back) Talmud program know as Daf Yomi (literally "page of the day"). When the cycle begins anew later this week, some Talmud-reading Jews will become the first ever to take the challenge on, from start to finish, not on the written page but on an app.

Voice of America: French Muslim Shoppers Demand Halal Foods
The Islamic fasting month of Ramadan is underway, and in France it underscores the growing influence of Muslim shoppers. In the Paris suburb of Livry Gargan supermarkets and manufacturers are scrambling to meet the demand for halal products that meet Muslim dietary laws.

The Telegraph: Girl of 10 can choose to convert from Judaism to Christianity, judge rules
The schoolgirl’s divorced parents were “at war” over her desire to be baptised at the church her father, himself a convert, now attends. But at the end of an unusual case a judge has ruled that she is mature enough to choose her religion, and alongside his judgment wrote a personal letter to the girl explaining his decision.

Religion News Service: Liberal Christian leaders blast GOP tax bill
A coalition of liberal Christian leaders blasted a GOP budget plan that would extend Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy while slashing key provisions for the poor. The bill, which is being used by both parties as part of election-year jockeying, would slash the Earned Income Tax Credit, which supplements wages of low-income workers, and the Child Tax Credit, which provides up to $1,000 financial support per child for poor working families.

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Some atheists may ask questions on the Internet that they wouldn't have asked in church.

CNN: 'Where was God in Aurora?' comments show Internet as church for atheists
The Internet has become the de facto global church for atheists, agnostics and other doubters of God, who of course don’t have bricks-and-mortar churches in which to congregate. We see this phenomenon in motion every day on the CNN Belief Blog, where atheists/agnostics/humanists are among the most zealous commenters.

- CNN's Laura Koran

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. tuvia

    *#

    B"H
    MEDIA RELEASE: JERUSALEM, ISRAEL

    The Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob and is given to us, their seed, as an everlasting Inheritance.
    the Promised Land given to our forefathers Abraham Isaac and Jacob

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=947by3X6_RU&w=640&h=390]

    September 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • old ben

      This is bull sh it. Also this Jonathan Pollard is a highly unstable traitor. Keep him where he is.

      September 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
  2. TruthPrevails ;) is not really in the same league with AtheistSteve and the rest

    Cut and paste reponses. All critics are believers in the Sky Fairy, sub-adult, probably sub-moronic. The poor dear is really struggling.

    August 5, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
  3. Keeping It Real

    Thanks, tallulah13,

    Beth has been spamming this on almost every article... uhmmmmmm, she's in truuuuuuuuuble with the big guy in the sky, for sure!

    August 5, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Keeping It Real

      .. wrong spot - dangit.

      August 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer really changes things

    August 4, 2012 at 6:13 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!#

      August 6, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  5. LoveLiveLove

    To all the upset straight folks. You may deny the right to love and marry, all you wish. You may turn your heads at the sight of a same gender kiss. But like it or not gay people have always existed and always will exist. If you choose to hate, refuse to see and continue to hold tight to your bible, your traditions of marriage will destroy family's. You allow us the right to exist but refuse us the right to live. You have allowed your bible, your traditions of marriage to speak hate. You have allowed your opinion to prevent my right to love, to live. You will not make me love someone I do not. You will not prevent me from loving someone I do. I can not expect you to give me the right to love, to live. For it is not yours to give. I have the right to love, to live I gave it to myself. It was mine to give. It will be mine to marry. You will know it, It was never your choice.
    -LOVE-

    August 4, 2012 at 2:51 am |
    • Julie

      Mark 7:5-23

      August 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Julie: That comes from a book written 2000 years ago child. You are a gullible little girl who needs to grow up and leave adult conversations to the adults...only little children have imaginary friends and you just proved your inability to think for yourself by posting a scripture that has no bearing in society outside of your church and home!! Run along now...the children are waiting for you!

      August 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
    • Beth

      Scientists discovered that the frontal lobe of the atheists is not utilized making atheists not working on all cylinders.

      August 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Here is the link to the entire study that Beth is talking about. She has chosen not to relate the entire story, but lies, including lies of omission are a familiar tactic by those christians who wish to insult non-christians.

      http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=is-there-a-difference-between-the-brain

      August 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  6. Hypatia

    *sigh* Now that all the xians have stuffed themselves with greasy chicken, the only problem is their arteries won't harden anywhere near as much as their so-called 'hearts'.

    August 3, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  7. Ni

    Please don't feed the trolls.

    August 3, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • toad

      I kind of miss Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son. Where has she been?

      August 3, 2012 at 8:34 am |
    • Satan

      Funny a troll calling out trolls.

      August 3, 2012 at 9:40 am |
  8. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    August 3, 2012 at 5:52 am |
    • Mirosal

      No, it doesn't, and it cannot. I mean it; it cannot change a thing.. to use your word.. "proven" ... but the reasoning is beyond your "dropped-out of kindegarten" education (because it was too hard for you)

      August 3, 2012 at 6:44 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Mirosal: This one has an IQ of -120...just wish it would drink the koolaid now and see how wrong it truly is about prayer working and about its imaginary friend gods existence.

      August 3, 2012 at 6:49 am |
    • Mirosal

      He doesn't drink the Kool-Aid, he bathes in it.

      August 3, 2012 at 6:58 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Maybe enough of it will absorb in to its carcass and it will find out how imaginary its god really is in quick succession.

      August 3, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • Observer

      Mirosal probably meant 'kindergarten'. The part that goes "but the reasoning is beyond your "dropped-out of kindegarten" education" is unsupported by the root post which may have been generated by someone with an advanced degree, or even by a machine, for all we know.

      August 3, 2012 at 8:49 am |
    • great intellect my ass

      @mirosal
      mensa my ass

      August 3, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer changes things
      Proven

      August 3, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • just sayin

      Apparently spelling is way too hard for mirrorsal

      August 3, 2012 at 8:58 am |
    • Bob

      Mirosal, AtheistSteve and TruthPrevails :-) are on a long strange mutual admiration trip. Nasty little bullies too.

      August 3, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • Jeebus saved me, this I know. Cuz my mommy tole me so.

      Prayer changes things. Proven.

      -------------------–

      What was the null hypothesis, and how large was the control group ?

      August 3, 2012 at 9:25 am |
    • truth be told

      Your control group does not appear to have any size at all !

      August 3, 2012 at 9:43 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!

      August 3, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • .

      Mel Gibson as right about these atheists.

      August 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • .

      Mel Gibson was correct about these atheists.

      August 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • PMS

      Feel free to ignore @.

      Some ladies get cranky when they are having their .

      August 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Jonathan Delafield

      Jesus said it: There have been plenty of studies showing that prayer doesn't work, but christians keep repeating these meaningless slogans. Why is that? Faced with hard evidence, but still can't change their minds?

      August 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • i'm not a doctor but

      "Jesus" is posting on a bogus "study" that has been shown to be in error since it was first posted. No one takes fake Jesus serious but the extremely lame.

      August 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • i'm not a doctor but

      I am a moron. I am a moron. I am a moron. Did everyone read that I am a moron.

      August 4, 2012 at 1:34 am |
    • it is fairly obvious

      that if you have to steal a name you are indeed a moron.

      August 4, 2012 at 6:12 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Bob: Just jealous that we're able to do something you can't--it's called thinking for ourselves....you'd know what that was if you stopped believing in fairy tales and lived in the 21st century little one!

      August 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Beth

      Speaking of thinking, scientists discovered that the frontal lobe of the atheists is not utilized making atheists not working on all cylinders.

      August 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Hey beth, how about telling the whole story? For those people interested in the facts, here's a link: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=is-there-a-difference-between-the-brain

      August 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
    • Keeping It Real

      Thanks, tallulah13,

      Beth has been spamming this on almost every article... uhmmmm, she's in truuuuuuuuuble with the big guy in the sky, for sure!

      August 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm |

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