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August 7th, 2012
04:34 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, August 7

By Laura Koran and Arielle Hawkins, 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: Missouri mosque destroyed in second fire in a month
A mosque in Joplin, Missouri, was burned to the ground early Monday, just over a month after an attempted arson at the Islamic center, officials said. Authorities are investigating the cause of the latest fire. The mosque's security cameras were destroyed in the blaze, according to Sharon Rhine of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

CNN: Church that refused to marry black couple releases apology
After barring a black couple from marrying in its Mississippi facility in late July, the First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs released a statement Sunday apologizing for its actions. “We, the church, realize that the Hendersons and Wilsons should never have been asked to relocate their wedding. This wrong decision resulted in hurt and sadness for everyone. Both the pastor and those involved in the wedding location being changed have expressed their regrets and sorrow for their actions,” the church said.

CNN: Temple shooting dredges up memories of long history of bias crimes against Sikhs
Immediately after the September 11, 2001, terrorist acts, Sikhs came under attack. Mistaken for Muslims for their beards and turbans, they became ripe targets for zealots seeking revenge. The first person murdered in retaliation for the 9/11 attacks was a Sikh – a gas station owner in Mesa, Arizona, named Balbir Singh Sodhi who was shot five times by aircraft mechanic Frank Roque.

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The Christian Science Monitor: Wisconsin shooting: Why US Sikhs have feared attack for more than a decade
Sunday’s shooting rampage at a Sikh house of worship in Oak Creek, Wisc. brought unprecedented violence and attention to a group with only about 600,000 adherents in the United States. But it wasn’t the first time Sikhs have faced threats or feared the prospect of tragedy.

The Jewish Telegraphic Agency: London memorial remembers Israelis killed at Munich Olympics
British Prime Minister David Cameron at a memorial event said the world should "stop and remember" the 11 Israelis killed 40 years ago at the Munich Olympics. "It was a truly shocking act of evil. A crime against the Jewish people. A crime against humanity. A crime the world must never forget," Cameron said Monday in London. "We remember them today, with you, as fathers, husbands and athletes. As innocent men. As Olympians. And as members of the people of Israel, murdered doing nothing more and nothing less than representing their country in sport."

Reuters: French Catholic Church prayer against gay marriage, euthanasia
The French Catholic Church will revive a centuries-old custom next week with an updated national "prayer for France" opposing the same-sex marriage and euthanasia reforms planned by the new Socialist government. The prayer, to be read in all churches on Aug 15, echoes the defence of traditional marriage by Pope Benedict and Catholic leaders around the world as gay nuptials gain acceptance, especially in Europe and North America.

The Jewish Daily Forward: The Frozen Chosen
In 1939, Harold Ickes, President Franklin Roosevelt’s secretary of the interior, proposed that four Alaskan locales play refuge to thousands of Europe’s fleeing Jews. Ickes’s idea -— which would become the premise for Michael Chabon’s “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” — was later bucked by Roosevelt and by several prominent American Jewish organizations. But over the years, Jews still made their way to the largest state in the union, forming a loose-knit community that today numbers at around 6,000 and call themselves the “frozen chosen.”

Opinion of the Day:

CNN: My Take: Sikh temple shooting is act of terrorism
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." In this CNN Belief Blog contribution, Iftikhar argues that the shooter in Sunday’s attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin was an act of terrorism.

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CNN: My Faith: The danger of asking God ‘Why me?'
Timothy Keller is senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York and author of The New York Times best-selling book "The Reason for God." His book for church leaders, "Center Church," will be published in September. In this Belief Blog contribution, Keller considers a question often asked in difficult times: “Why me?”

- CNN's Laura Koran

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    August 9, 2012 at 8:25 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! ,

      August 10, 2012 at 10:51 am |
  2. atheists KEEP OUT!

    Small minority of Non-religious are atheists.

    August 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
  3. Repent and believe in Jeebus and you will be saved in a 401k

    Tell your Congress-person to stick up for Biblical marriage, and ONLY Biblical marriage : (you have many options)

    ■Marriage consists of one man and one or more than one woman (Gen 4:19, 4:23, 26:34, 28:9, 29:26-30, 30:26, 31:17, 32:22, 36:2, 36:10, 37:2, Ex. 21:10, Judges 8:30, 1 Sam 1:2, 25:43, 27:3, 30:5, 30:18, 2 Sam 2:2, 3:2-5, 1 Chron 3:1-3, 4:5, 8:8, 14:3, 2 Chron 11:21, 13:21, 24:3).

    ■Nothing prevents a man from taking on concubines or se'xual slaves in addition to the wife or wives he may already have (Gen 25:6, Judges 8:31, 2 Sam 5:13, 1 Kings 11:3, 1 Chron 3:9, 2 Chron 11:21, Dan 5:2-3).

    ■A man might choose any woman he wants for his wife (Gen 6:2, Deut 21:11), provided only that she is not already another man’s wife (Lev 18:14-16, Deut. 22:30) or a relative (Lev 18:11, 20:17, Lev 20:14, Lev 18:18). The concept of a woman giving her consent to being married is not in the Bible.

    ■If a woman cannot be proven to be a virgin at the time of marriage, she shall be stoned to death (Deut 22:13-21).

    ■A ra'pist must marry his victim (Ex. 22:16, Deut. 22:28-29), unless she was already a fiancé, in which case he should be put to death if he ra'ped her in the country, but both of them killed if he ra'ped her in town (Deut. 22:23-27).

    ■If a man dies childless, his brother must marry the widow (Gen 38:6-10, Deut 25:5-10, Mark 12:19, Luke 20:28).

    ■Women must marry the man of their father’s choosing (Gen. 24:4, Josh.15:16-17, Judges 1:12-13, 12:9, 21:1, 1 Sam 17:25, 18:19, 1 Kings 2:21, 1 Chron 2:35, Jer 29:6, Dan 11:17).

    ■Women are the property of their fathers until married and the property of their husbands thereafter (Ex. 20:17, 22:17, Deut. 22:24, Mat 22:25).

    ■The value of a woman might be approximately seven years’ work (Gen 29:14-30).

    ■Inter-faith marriages are prohibited (Gen 24:3, 28:1, 28:6, Num 25:1-9, Ezra 9:12, Neh 10:30, 2 Cor 6:14).

    ■Divorce is forbidden (Deut 22:19, Matt 5:32, 19:9, Mark 10:9-12, Luke 16:18, Rom 7:2, 1 Cor 7:10-11, 7:39).

    ■It is better to not get married at all—although marriage is not a sin (Matt 19:10, I Cor 7:1, 7:27-28, 7:32-34, 7:38).

    August 7, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • Roger

      Face the facts – 2 Peter 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

      August 7, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      The buybull can't be used to create laws. The USA is a secular nation, not a christian nation and the church does not get to define marriage. Marriage was around for many many years before the church was. The reason for separation of church and state is to prevent the church having a say in political matters such as marriage. Your belief fails horribly when it impedes on the basic rights of other people. Time to reside in the 21st century.

      August 7, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Roger

      What degree are you?

      August 7, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      Roger, would you mind either defining "degree" or rephrasing your question. Not trying to be rude, but are you asking what college degree someone has or is it a different definition of "degree".

      August 7, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Roger: It wouldn't matter what your definition is, the point stands. Any time a belief impedes on the basic rights of all, the belief fails. My other point about the USA being a secular nation is not difficult to understand...the amendment that states separation of church and state speaks for itself. If you are referring to the marriage issue-the church does not issue the license for a marriage and the only way for a marriage to be legally recognized is via a marriage license, therefore the church does not get to define marriage.
      If you meant degree as in education...I have two college degree's and am not done yet...it doesn't take a college degree to do the research outside of the buybull and put the pieces together.

      August 7, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • lunchbreaker

      A great deal of separation of church and state stems from Christians disagreeing with other Christians. These days Christians v other religions v atheists is so polarized that most Christians don't realize that all the major court cases taking prayer out of school were brought forth by Catholics, and then Jews and Mormons. Basically Christians (and other theists) did not want other Christians (and other theists) telling thier kids how to pray. Even if the nation was 100% Christian, the denominations would still fight with each other.

      August 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
    • Jane

      Separation of church and state is the atheists twisting and contorting Thomas Jefferson"s work. You atheists and your lawyers own this lie along with judges being buffaloed.

      August 8, 2012 at 4:23 am |
    • Chick-a-dee

      Changing your user ID and posting the same erroneous argument does not make it any less wrong or make the response any different.

      There are three kinds of laws in the Old Testament: 1) moral law, 2) ceremonial law, and 3)laws specific to the political regime of the Kingdom of Israel. Through his suffering, death, and resurrection, Christ has freed us from the observance of the ceremonial laws. A Catholic is not bound to observe the laws specific to the political regime of the Kingdom of Israel. We are still bound to observe the moral law.

      Marriage is higher than a mere law. Christ elevated the natural law of marriage to a sacrament.

      THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
      "The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring; this covenant between baptized persons has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament."

      The Sacrament of Matrimony cannot be changed by man. You can create whatever man-made civil law you want to. It will not be a marriage unless it contains God, a man and a woman and is for the purposed of the moral good of the spouses and is open to procreation.

      Each of the points you attempt to make with your out-of-context scripture quotations is addressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

      PART TWO: THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY
      SECTION TWO THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH
      CHAPTER THREE THE SACRAMENTS AT THE SERVICE OF COMMUNION
      Article 7 THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
      PARAGRAPHS 1601-1658

      This begins on http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_P50.HTM and continues for the next eight pages.

      And yes, we may allow civil law to prevail in the courts but that does not mean it trumps divine law. Quite the opposite is true.

      The truth is still the truth even if no one believes it. A lie is still a lie no matter how many people you convince otherwise.

      August 9, 2012 at 2:39 am |
  4. M

    Funny. the article from the Jewish daily doesn't come up with the hyperlink & the French Catholics article is only a link to Reuters. I wonder why CNN doesn't think these are newsworthy enough to put on their site but the other topics are carpet bombed on us.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  5. Manjitsingh

    Attack on Sikhs is very sad. Sikh people is very peacefully & brave.

    August 7, 2012 at 8:16 am |
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