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August 27th, 2012
05:52 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, August 27

By 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: God’s Warriors
For the first time the documentaries, God's Jewish, Muslim & Christian Warriors, are available online. CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour traveled to six countries on four continents to examine the intersection between religion and politics and the effects of Christianity, Islam and Judaism on politics, culture and public life.

CNN: 8 ways faith will matter at the Republican National Convention
For the next five days, the eyes of the political world will be on Tampa, Florida, the site of the Republican National Convention. And though politics will be the name of the game, it's a safe bet that religion will also play a major role. The convention opens with a prayer from a Hispanic evangelical leader and closes with a benediction from a Catholic cleric who's sometimes called "America's pope." Here are eight ways faith will matter this week.

CNN: Explainer: Pakistan's blasphemy laws
An 11-year-old girl is being accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. Her accusers says she burned pages from the Quran, Islam's holy book. Now, she is being detained by authorities, and her family appears to be on the run. The case is drawing the country's complex laws about blasphemy into the spotlight again. Here is a primer on the country's laws.

CNN: First lady meets with victims, families of Sikh temple shooting
Michelle Obama met privately Thursday with victims and surviving family members of the mass shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple earlier this month. On Thursday, the first lady first met with the gurdwara secretary, Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, and Mayor Stephen Scaffidi in the hallway of Oak Creek High School.

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The Guardian: Libya militants bulldoze Sufi mosque
Armed men have bulldozed a mosque containing Sufi Muslim graves in the centre of the capital, Tripoli, in broad daylight, in what appeared to be Libya's most blatant sectarian attack since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. Government officials condemned the demolition of the large mosque and blamed an armed group who, they said, viewed its graves and shrines to Sufi figures as un-Islamic. It was the second razing of a Sufi site in two days. Ultra-conservative Islamists wrecked Sufi shrines with bombs and another bulldozer and set fire to a mosque library in the city of Zlitan early on Friday, an official said. Libya’s interim interior minister resigned on Sunday after coming under harsh criticism for his ministry's neglect during the shrine attacks.

Religion News Service: New poll finds Americans evenly divided in views of Muslims
Americans are almost evenly divided in how they view Muslims, according to a survey released Thursday (Aug. 23) by the Arab American Institute in Washington. But the online survey, which also gauged views on Mormons, Jews, Catholics, evangelicals, Buddhists and Hindus also found a striking generational gap and significant differences between political groups.

Haaretz: Shas spiritual leader calls on Jews to pray for annihilation of Iran
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who was updated last week on the Iranian nuclear project, ioon Saturday called on Jews to pray for the destruction of Iran. During his weekly sermon, the ultra-Orthodox leader of the Shas party stated that his followers should pray for the annihilation of the enemies of the Jewish people during Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year), with an emphasis on Iran and Hezbollah.

Christian Post: Pentecostal Woman Sues Burger King After Being Fired for Wearing Skirt
A Christian Pentecostal has filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against a Texas Burger King after it fired her for wearing a skirt.
Ashanti McShan says she adheres to an interpretation of the Bible "about the wearing of clothing that is befitting of specific gender," according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which filed the suit Wednesday on her behalf. The fast-food company was aware of McShan's belief as she had informed them during her job interview, EEOC claims. Though she was told that she would be allowed to wear a skirt on the job, she was later sent home when she arrived at orientation with a skirt. She was not asked to return, according to EEOC.

Huffington Post: Spike Lee Focuses On Faith In "Red Hook Summer"
Spike Lee sounded a bit like an expert on the challenges facing the church as he promoted his new movie "Red Hook Summer." "Any church whose members are senior citizens and there's no youth coming behind, they're going to die out," Lee said in a roundtable discussion with reporters. "Red Hook Summer" opens Friday (Aug. 24) in cities such as Washington, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles. The movie's main character echoes Lee's call to get young people to church, but he also has a particular drive to evangelize his grandson, who traveled from suburban Atlanta to spend the summer in the struggling Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Excerpt of the Day:

The cozy relationship between a sizable portion of U.S. bishops and the Republican Party should be cause for concern, and not just among progressive Catholics…Cardinal Dolan's appearance in Tampa will damage the church's ability to be a moral and legitimate voice for voiceless, as those who view the Catholic Church as being a shill for the GOP have just a bit more evidence to prove their case.

Michael O’Loughlin, a contributor to America Magazine’s blog “In All Things”, offers his views on Cardinal Dolan’s role in the Republican National convention.

Join the conversation…

CNN: Conservative Christians rally around Akin in face of GOP criticism
Even as the official Republican Party continues to try to derail Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin over his remarks about “legitimate rape,” a powerful force within the GOP has begun rallying to the candidate’s side: the party’s socially conservative base. Powerful Christian activists in the GOP have begun pushing back against party leadership, alleging it has gone too far in trying to thwart Akin and that it is attempting to sideline issues that social conservatives care about, such as abortion.

- A. Hawkins

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  1. Mohamed

    John,Up in Connecticut, you may be seeing less of the bias and botrgiy that is present in a lot of the rest of the country. Great for you, and I'm glad you are able to blog under your own name.As for me, I work for a boss who is seriously religious, and not at all quiet about it. If I had my name all over the atheospere, getting this job may well have been problematic. Even if he didn't have a problem with it, there are others up the chain of command who are more evangelical whose approval would have been needed. As it is now, they are getting to know me for who I am and for how I work, rather then prejudging me by what they think an atheist is. They may find out later, but by then it will be only one part of all that they know about me.I also sing with the best chorus in my area, and am very active and visible in it. It's a community chorus, and we have a mix of people including church musicians and other serously religious people. I need to be able to work with all the singers, and I live in a highly transient area with people coming and going fairly quickly. In this context, its better to keep religion out of the picture entirely. Which is easier if there is no chance of their coming across one of my god is Santa Claus for grown-ups posts online.

    October 10, 2012 at 1:51 am |
  2. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Chad- "Could life arise spontaneously? If you read How Cells Work, you can see that even a primitive cell like an E. coli bacteria – one of the simplest life forms in existence today – is amazingly complex. Following the E. coli model, a cell would have to contain at an absolute minimum:"

    Chad, it might be worthwhile to address each of the points that follow, but let's look at where you begin. With cells. Life did not begin as cells. It began, in part, as simple chemical replicators that had far simpler requirements than cells do. If you're willing to have a look at this I'm game. I tend to focus on the information side of biology, but the entire topic of pre-life is interesting.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Anita

      christiainty big tent christianty trfroasnm network trfroasnming christian theology tripp talks to peter rollins that's too gay – brian ammons' banned chapter from

      October 8, 2012 at 12:02 am |
  3. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Chad- "the RNA world hypothesis has been largely abandoned by proponents of abiogenesis in favor of other hypotheses"

    For a review, have a look at

    Abiotic Self-Replication.
    Meyer AJ, Ellefson JW, Ellington AD.
    Acc Chem Res. 2012 Aug 15. [Epub ahead of print]

    An RNA world may have prevailed for a time, preceded by a world of less complex replicators that evolve over time to include more complex information encoded in RNA with the help of ribozymes. It's an idea that is current.

    August 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  4. AtheistSteve

    Trusting God will save the farm sounds like something Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things would say can be helped by prayer. Didn't work for Rick Perry when he participated in the "prayer for rain" debacle to end the wildfires in Texas.
    To me this seems a lot like the so called faith healers that ply donation money out of gullible followers that attend their services. How more obvious can their deception be than the showy stage performances they put on to fool people into believing that they can perform healing miracles on demand. I mean if there was even the tiniest bit of truth to their claims then wouldn't they instead be visiting hospitals everywhere, healing the real sick, with doctors clamoring to have them intervene where their mere mortal skills and medicines fall short? The fact that this does not happen is proof enough that all their claims are phoney.

    August 27, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Silly Man 🙂 God gave them medicine when it's convenient for them to use that excuse...don't try to break through the bubble or they'll threaten you will hell-fire and brimstone! 🙂
      Now shouldn't you be doing your husbandly duties and cooking breakie? 🙂

      August 27, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • captain america

      Two qu eer atheist commie canuks pretending they have something to say about America. Not bloody likely. There's your sign

      August 27, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • captain america

      Also qu eers will make you, oh wait mom's calling from next trailer – have to put the trash out.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:37 am |
    • James

      Atheists prove that Springer's show for dumbing down America worked to perfection.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      James wrote: "Atheists prove that Springer's show for dumbing down America worked to perfection."

      Uh oh, I think we have another person besides HeavenSent who was let go from Pat Robertson's Enlightened Fortune Cookie Co. (unless of course the poster is actually HeavenSent)

      August 27, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Ah look Steve our favorite fucktard is back...I'm not sure how we're queer when it is obvious to most people with intelligence that we are not but it might be that the fucktard has never used a dictionary or seen one.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      James: No that would be the christians!! We believe in evidence, you believe in fairy tales.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • Peter

      A fool is a fool is a fool. Newest name for fool is atheist.

      August 27, 2012 at 11:49 am |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      a fool is a fool is a fool is HeavenSent/James/Peter/truth be told/"Atheism is not . . ."

      August 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
    • Stephen

      Atheism is a cult that's main focus is to destroy.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • truth be trolled

      Stephen wrote a silly thing: "Atheism is a cult that's main focus is to destroy."

      Atheism is the absence of a cult or religion. Get some education, dude.

      August 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  5. GOP Word Association

    WORD = GOP Association
    Old People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Sick People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Poor People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Female People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Non-white People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Non-christian People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Unemployed People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Gay People = Glob of cells that we don't care about. Let them die.
    Glob of cells in a womb = Something we PRETEND to care about just to get votes.

    August 27, 2012 at 9:44 am |
  6. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    The seniors will need to commit suicide when their health care dollars run out.

    August 27, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  7. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Hmmm... A Pentecostalist has gone to the EEOC to enlist their help in suing Burger King. She was fired for wearing a skirt as she felt her religion required her to do. Imagine an atheist shows up for work at Burger King in a skirt "Because I want to, and I'm a follower of the dictates of what I want within the confines of my conscience." Can that person expect the help of the EEOC?

    August 27, 2012 at 8:30 am |
    • Mirosal

      I think that if I wore a skirt to work, I'd get hauled in for a psych eval lol

      August 27, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Mirosal, if you're trans, even for just a day, I hope the EEOC will protect you.

      August 27, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • Mirosal

      I'm not too worried, I also have the V.A. on my side as well. I don't wear skirts, but I have been known to get under them once in a while lol 🙂

      August 27, 2012 at 8:50 am |
    • WASP

      @mirosal: XD

      August 27, 2012 at 9:18 am |
  8. WASP

    anyone happen to notice god stopped answering t-bow's prayers and started answering the other teams? lmfao now how many interceptions did the other team pray for?

    August 27, 2012 at 6:37 am |
    • Mirosal

      T-bow was pretty quick to praise "god" when Denver won a game.. do you think he was also quick to blame "god" when they lost one too?

      August 27, 2012 at 6:43 am |
  9. Atheism is Healthy for Kids and Grown-Ups Too!

    It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. Teaching kids to be agnostic helps reinforce their understanding of the new real things they can see and learn about in life. It helps them properly separate the known from the unknown without confusing them. They just need to be taught things that are unknown, like god, and things that are made up, like all religion.

    Atheists have strong minds, and don't run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, disserving society).

    We have only begun to scratch the surface in using the mind to its maximum. Damaging it with made-up junk that politicians and salesmen dreamed up long ago is senseless, and limits the mind's potential. These politicians and charlatans didn't even do a good job of organizing and being consistent with the stuff they dreamt up to try to control people. Daddy used to say they were caught with their pants down when the bible was first translated so that common folk could read it. Very true.

    Instead of praying to make-believe people, get a good cup of tea and go on and sit down and collect your damn thoughts. My goodness.

    mama kindless

    August 27, 2012 at 6:20 am |
    • truth be told

      Murder of millions is not a healthy pursuit. Atheists have murdered more people in the last 100 years than were killed in all previous centuries.

      August 27, 2012 at 6:22 am |
    • Mirosal

      Name one, just ONE Atheist who has killed, and said that he or she did it in the name of Atheism.

      August 27, 2012 at 6:29 am |
    • WASP

      @TBT: stop lying, no atheist has murdered anyone in the last hundred years...............we leave that to you religious freaks.
      so you have ow become a troll just like atheism isn't healthy, congrats on the bottom of the barrel award.

      August 27, 2012 at 6:40 am |
    • truth be told

      Stalin. Atheism was always the motivation not the name, moron.

      August 27, 2012 at 6:40 am |
    • truth be told

      @wasp
      Stalin over 24 million not counting war dead, starvation and disease victims caused by his atheist policies.
      Chairman Mao estimates ranging as high as 800 million murdered
      It has been the basic policy of an atheist with power to murder and torture on a massive scale in all instances. There has never been an atheist leader who did good for the people under its control.

      August 27, 2012 at 6:45 am |
    • Mirosal

      TBT, when you finish that 3rd year of 6th grade in your trailer-park school, take a poli-sci course or two. Stalin suffered what is known as political paranoia. He was so eager to keep his power at any and all costs. He was even unwilling to trade his son in a POW swap with Germany. You, like the other uneducated of the "flock", think that just because Stalin was an Atheist, it was his driving motivation. You couldn't be further from the truth. Stalin did have his ourges, that's true. But his reason was for them was not Atheism. Millions of Russians were Atheits and fell victim to his purges. His reasonings were to keep power, politics, and sheer paranoia to keep that power. Read up on the history of the Soviet Union, specifically the Politboro and ascensions of power. Have an adult help you with words longer than 2 syllables. Atheism played no part in his purges, and do NOT confuse his purges with combat casualties from WW2, which were also in the millions.

      August 27, 2012 at 6:51 am |
    • truth be told

      @mirosal
      Continue to keep your head in the sand . Basic cause and effect. Stalins atheism both justified his evil actions and provided the incentive of no moral restraint, as he was his own final authority. It is common practice among atheist leaders to mass murder, not just Stalin but all of them, explain that away moron.

      August 27, 2012 at 6:57 am |
    • WASP

      @TBT: a little history lesson. "Joseph's mother was deeply religious and in 1888 she managed to obtain him a place at the local church school. Despite his health problems, he made good progress at school and eventually won a free scholarship to the Tiflis Theological Seminary. While studying at the seminary he joined a secret organization called Messame Dassy. Members were supporters of Georgian independence from Russia. Some were also socialist revolutionaries and it was through the people he met in this organization that Stalin first came into contact with the ideas of Karl Marx. "

      stalin was religious.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:10 am |
    • Mirosal

      Shall we get into the practice of religious leaders as well? Lok at THEIR death tolls. Stalin never ever said "I'm an Atheist, and because of that I will kill everyone." Neither did Chairman Mao. Read Mao's 'Little Red Book'. You simply do not understand what Stalin did to get into power after 1923. And it wasn't because of Atheism. It played no part in his rise, or his keeping of power. He perceived threats to his office, very few real and the vast majority were imaginary, and dealt with them the only way the Soviet Union knew how. You need to learn about the society of that era, as well as the politics. Also look up the word "paranoia" while you're at it. I was a Cold Warrior for 9 years (Until it ended) and I know full well how the politics of the USSR worked. Mao was backed and financed by Stalin when he took over China in 1949, and took lessons from Stalin in simple terms. Mao also had a thing for VERY young girls.. you going to say that all Atheists are pervs as well?

      August 27, 2012 at 7:11 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      truth be told (aka lies be told): Atheism simply is a disbelief in god, it does not fall in to anyone's will to manipulate or control. Theism on the other hand gives you an imaginary god that apparently dictates how you act and think (the gullibility factor). More harm comes from a belief in supernatural forces than will ever comes from a disbelief. Your super-hero imaginary friend god raped an innocent girl (Mary..virgin birth); ordered the killing of everything (Noahs' Arc); allowed his own bastard son jesus to be killed; orders that innocent children be stoned to death for disobedience; demands worship (control freak); uses the threat of eternal torture for breaking the simplest of rules and basic rights (ie; being gay-something SCIENCE says is perfectly natural). All this crap comes from sheep herding men who were bored and had no concept as to what the world would be. There is no proof or evidence to support that your imaginary friend ever existed; there is no evidence to show that heaven/hell/satan/angels/a soul exists. Do you even care that what you believe has any basis in society or that it is based on factual evidence? Are you okay knowing that every day you inadvertently wish the death of thousands of people over something that has no basic in fact? There is nothing moral about your belief system when it promotes harm to other people.

      August 27, 2012 at 7:57 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      TBT
      Your biggest mistake in your argument is in trying to draw a parallel between a theists belief in a personal, involved god and an atheists non-belief.
      If you believe in God then it follows that all the baggage attached to that belief goes with it. Such as:
      -God is the creator of the universe and everything in it.
      -God has endowed man with an everlasting soul..
      -God is the path to determining what is good and what is evil.
      -Mankind is the chosen recipient of God's love.
      -The path to salvation is in following the teachings of Jesus and obeying God's laws.
      -etc.
      Atheism is the rejection of claims of God's existence.....that's it. Anything else simply doesn't apply to atheism because there isn't any doctrine or dogma to go along with it.
      -Atheism isn't linked in any way to questions about the origin of the universe or anything in it. Those are addressed in philosophy and science.
      -without a God belief the idea of a soul is simply a non sequitur. No reason to believe in a soul exists outside religion.
      -Good or bad, (evil is a religious concept) is decided by weighing the options or consequences of actions. Morality is innate to our species as social animals or we would never have formed cooperative groups. God or the lack of belief in a god simply doesn't factor into the equation.
      -God's love seems more like the dictates of sociopath when viewed from outside religious doctrine. Real love and compassion are aspects of human empathy. Again entirely outside the scope of atheism which simply states a disbelief in god claims.
      -Salvation is meaningless if you accept the truth that this is our only run through mortal existence. A secular humanist worldview allows one to live a meaningful life in which we strive to help others, get along, seek happiness, avoid discrimination and generally let and let live. All without a godhead setting the ground rules.
      Atheism isn't the crazy free for all that theists paint just because we don't have specific doctrine or dogma like the ones directly tied to a belief in a God. Accepting God as being real comes with a tremendous amount extra baggage like I said at the beginning. Not believing in a god means exploring the human condition with common sense, critical thought and reasoning. But whatever is discovered is nonetheless outside the simple idea of not believing in a god. There is no causal link between atheism and hate, or genocide, or immorality. Atheism doesn't come with any of the baggage that theism does. So if any "atheists" have ever been responsible for committing atrocities then it wasn't due to their atheism but for some other reason.

      August 27, 2012 at 8:43 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      AtheistSteve- "Atheism is the rejection of claims of God's existence.....that's it. Anything else simply doesn't apply to atheism because there isn't any doctrine or dogma to go along with it."

      But atheists do reject the baggage attached to belief in God's existence: a long list of presuppositions that you touched on. Properly, we should be agnostic about some of them. Even the idea that the Universe may be a created thing. Evidence may turn up that it is. Who knows?

      August 27, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Of course...I would never claim otherwise. I dislike labels but if necessary I chose to label myself as an agnostic atheist. Agnosticism a defined by what one can know and atheism as defined by what one believes. And yes we do reject the presuppositions of religious belief because we view the direct linkage as categorically erroneous. My beliefs are based on a number of differing views on a number of different categories. If as you said evidence of a creator of the universe was discovered then I would need to revise my entire worldview of the universe to be contingent on such a thing. Until then it is simply a non sequitur.

      August 27, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • WASP

      @tom tom the other one: the universe was created. the bigbang created everything in a matter of seconds, super bright super hot stars create elements that during CME (coronal mass ejections) throw those elements out into the universe. black holes after swallowing matter create radio waves and other forms of radiation.

      so long story short, no outside help needed to start bigbang. just happened that way, and will continue to do it's thing even after we are all cosmic dust.
      long story short our abilit

      August 27, 2012 at 9:13 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      @wasp
      Created carries too much stigma. I prefer to say the universe "emerged"...out of what and from where is unknown and I'm OK with that. The funny thing is that saying "God did it" doesn't add one iota of information to the question...if fact it only adds a more profound one.

      August 27, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • WASP

      @ATHEIST: i like that, emerged. nice you win the blog of the day award..........well until someone tops you. lol 🙂

      August 27, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • save the world and slap some sense into a christard today!

      @TBT/HeavenSent/Carrie's mama

      Stalin was a christian who abandoned religion when it was politically convenient for him to do so, only to restore christianity later. Hitler was a Christian. Pol Pot was a Buddhist. But regardless, it is stupid to describe atheism or religion in terms of the world's ruthless rulers. If anything, it is much more important to take note when entire religions at times have murdered and acted in ways completely contrary to their core doctrines because these seem to recur within and between these dangerous organizations. (Not to mention the disenfranchisement that they continue exercise on others that are not in line with their warped thinking.) Examples of this would be – hmm – it's pretty much all major religions.

      August 27, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    August 27, 2012 at 6:18 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Proof required please and try using something that is not just hear say and not written 2000 years ago!!!

      August 27, 2012 at 7:38 am |
    • captain america

      Do not bother to answer that is a foreign pos trying to undermine our values. There's your sign.

      August 27, 2012 at 10:09 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 27, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • truth be told

      The "atheist" billboards come tumbling down. Prayer changes things !

      August 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
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