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September 18th, 2012
06:58 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, September 18

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: What really enrages Muslims? Twitter knows
What really enrages Muslims? Having a really good hair day - but no one knows because you wear a hijab. Not being able to say "Hi" to your friend Jack in a plane - or to call out for your nephew when he gets lost in an airport because his name is "Jihad." The tongue-in-cheek answers are part of an explosion of sharply satirical responses on Twitter to a Newsweek magazine cover showing Muslim men in turbans and keffiyahs, apparently rioting, under the banner all caps headline "MUSLIM RAGE." Thousands of Muslims have made fun of the magazine headline since Monday, when it published a long article by the Somali-born writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former Muslim who describes herself as a "combatant in the clash of civilizations."

CNN: Obama campaign expands faith effort
President Barack Obama's campaign is continuing its push for people of faith to cast a November ballot in their favor. On Monday they unveiled a "People of Faith for Obama" a new initiative to mobilize voters that included Web video of the president and a faith platform.

CNN: Actor: Anti-Islam filmmaker 'was playing us along'
Lily Dionne had been in Hollywood a week when she answered an ad on Craigslist looking for actors for an action-adventure film called "Desert Warrior." Now, Dionne says she feels betrayed by the California filmmaker who turned the low budget-movie with a threadbare plot into an anti-Islam film that provoked outrage – with sometimes violent results – in parts of the Muslim world.

CNN: Dolan, Colbert reflect on humor, joy and faith
What do you get when you mix the highest profile American Catholic bishop, an icon of American comedy, a priest who regularly writes about comedy and a media blackout? The answer: a unique look at the cross-sections of faith, humor and joy. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, the highest ranking Catholic in the United States, and comedian Stephen Colbert, the host of the popular late night comedy show “The Colbert Repot,” put their views of faith and humor on display for a private audience of 3,000 at Fordham University on Friday night.

Tweets of the Day:

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Enlightening Reads:

New York Times: Iranian Cleric Says Rushdie’s Murder Could Stop Insults to Islam’s Prophet
As my colleague Michiko Kakutani explains in her review of the novelist Salman Rushdie’s new memoir, an Iranian religious foundation
reportedly raised the price on his head over the weekend to $3.3 million. The cleric who leads the foundation claimed that Mr. Rushdie’s murder would stop others from disrespecting Islam’s founder, The Associated Press reported from Tehran. The Indian-born author’s book, “Joseph Anton,” describes the nine years he spent in hiding, after the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini sentenced him to death in 1989, for basing a fictional character on the Prophet Muhammad in his novel “The Satanic Verses.” In an interview with BBC Radio 4 broadcast on Saturday, Mr. Rushdie spoke of the parallels between the anger at his novel and the past week’s violent protests by fundamentalist Muslims offended at the trailer for a crude film mocking the prophet.

Huffington Post: Shakespeare and the Book of Common Prayer
One of the last mysteries left in the study of Shakespeare's plays is the biggest of them all: How do they achieve their particular magic? What can explain their hold over us? One answer to this question lies in Shakespeare's use of a book with which most of us now have only a passing acquaintance, but which profoundly shaped his view of both this world and the other-worldly: the Book of Common Prayer.

Religion News Service: Middle East riots fueled by competition between radicals, moderates as new democracies emerge
Anti-American riots that have spread to more than a dozen countries across the Middle East are a sign of fissures between radical and more moderate Islamists that are vying for power as their societies undergo change, Middle East experts say. Whether U.S. foreign policy has helped create a political environment where radicals are struggling to remain relevant, or emboldened extremists to act out, is a matter of disagreement.

Los Angeles Times: Charity head says 'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker misled him
One of the purported filmmakers behind "Innocence of Muslims," the low-budget anti-Muslim film that has generated unrest across the Arab world, issued a statement Monday saying that he as duped. Joseph Nassralla, whose nonprofit organization Media for Christ pulled permits for the film, said he was shocked by the final product and lied to by filmmaker Nakoula Basseley Nakoula.

Huffington Post: The Virgin Mary Becomes Superman: Artist Soasig Chamaillard Creates Saintly Pop Culture Icons
Artists have always had a soft spot for the Virgin Mary. From Michelangelo to Dali, the beloved female figure has been depicted time and time again in all her lapis lazuli glory. But no one has imagined the blessed character like French artist Soasig Chamaillard. Chamaillard creates repurposed statuettes of the Virgin, turning Our Lady into pop culture stars like My Little Pony and Hello Kitty.

Quotes of the Day:

There should have been no bloodshed. As a matter of fact, there should have been no reaction to such an insignificant production

–Muslim leader Dr. Maher Hathout, chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California and senior supervisor to the Muslim Public Affairs Councilas piety."

Responding with violence only serves to continue the hate, rather than taking positive steps to start the healing process.

– Bishop Serapion, head of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles

Both Dr. Hathout and Bishop Serapion spoke at a press conference on Monday, put on by the Los Angeles Diocese of the Coptic Orthodox Church and MPAC, condemning the violent reactions to the amateur hate video, “Innocence of Muslims.”

Join the conversation…

CNN: My Take: It’s time for Islamophobic evangelicals to choose
Brian D. McLaren, author of "Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World," explains why "The greatest threat to evangelicalism is evangelicals who tolerate hate and who promote hate camouflaged as piety."

- A. Hawkins

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. promotion website

    Hope to receive some assistance from religion.blogs.cnn.com if I will have any questions.. wish you luck!

    October 7, 2012 at 2:33 am |
  2. randy

    The 10 commandements are not only Christian, but Jewish. They are interfaith.

    September 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    September 18, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • WASP

      T R O L L

      September 18, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • nope

      @wasp
      nope

      September 18, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • TROLL ALERT

      Please don't feed it.

      September 18, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • bill clinton

      define " it "

      September 18, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Bubba

      @bill clinton

      1.Used to refer to a thing previously mentioned or easily identified.
      2.Referring to an animal or child of unspecified gender.

      September 18, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Veritas

      Then pray for some imagination and intelligence

      September 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is: "TOTAL FAIL, DUDE".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
      by the Alzheimer's Disease Society

      September 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • bill clinton

      It all hinges on what the meaning of it is.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:18 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!`

      September 18, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  4. WASP

    it's funny the hot button topics on religion get hundreds of posts; the one about the catholic churuch discriminating against a gay couple get two pages of posts. LMFAO, i love it.
    guess it's easier to argue things that are imaginary as opposed to a true violation of the law.

    September 18, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • pervert alert

      Dealing with perverts shouldn't be a violation of law, being a pervert should be a violation. Qu eers the folks who gave the world AIDS

      September 18, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Veritas

      @pervert. You know what you're posting is not true. The history of HIV was explained to you many times yesterday.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • itsallaloadofbollocks

      What's imaginary about the word god on currency, attempts to post the christian ten commandments on government and public buildings – courts, town halls, schools, etc., and attempts to teach christian creationism as science, etc, etc.

      September 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Grand Ole Party of Christian Taliban

      Ignorant Pervert Alert,

      HIV-1 and HIV-2 are believed to have originated in non-human primates in West-central Africa and were transferred to humans (a process known as zoonosis)

      Quit fondling your bible and educate yourself.

      September 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
    • pervert alert

      What one qu eer lies to others will swear to. The normal 99 % of the earths population know that qu eers gave the world AIDS

      September 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • pervert alert

      What one qu eer lies to others will swear to. The normal 99 % of the earths population know that qu eers gave the world AIDS.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • .

      "What one qu eer lies to others will swear to. The normal 99 % of the earths population know that qu eers gave the world AIDS."

      Until recently, the origins of the HIV-2 virus had remained relatively unexplored. HIV-2 is thought to come from the SIV in Sooty Mangabeys rather than chimpanzees, but the crossover to humans is believed to have happened in a similar way (i.e. through the butchering and consumption of monkey meat). It is far rarer, significantly less infectious and progresses more slowly to AIDS than HIV-1. As a result, it infects far fewer people, and is mainly confined to a few countries in West Africa.

      In May 2003, a group of Belgian researchers published a report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. By analysing samples of the two different subtypes of HIV-2 (A and B) taken from infected individuals and SIV samples taken from sooty mangabeys, Dr Vandamme concluded that subtype A had passed into humans around 1940 and subtype B in 1945 (plus or minus 16 years or so). Her team of researchers also discovered that the virus had originated in Guinea-Bissau and that its spread was most likely precipitated by the independence war that took place in the country between 1963 and 1974 (Guinea-Bissau is a former Portuguese colony). Her theory was backed up by the fact that the first European cases of HIV-2 were discovered among Portuguese veterans of the war, many of whom had received blood transfusions or unsterile injections following injury, or had possibly had relationships with local women.

      Given the evidence we have already looked at, it seems highly likely that Africa was indeed the continent where the transfer of HIV to humans first occurred (monkeys from Asia and South America have never been found to have SIVs that could cause HIV in humans). In May 2006, the same group of researchers who first identified the Pan troglodytes troglodytes strain of SIVcpz, announced that they had narrowed down the location of this particular strain to wild chimpanzees found in the forests of Southern Cameroon . By analysing 599 samples of chimp droppings (P. T. troglodytes are a highly endangered and thus protected species that cannot be killed or captured for testing), the researchers were able to obtain 34 specimens that reacted to a standard HIV DNA test, 12 of which gave results that were virtually indistinguishable from the reactions created by human HIV. The researchers therefore concluded that the chimpanzees found in this area were highly likely the origin of both the pandemic Group M of HIV-1 and of the far rarer Group N. The exact origins of Group O however remain unknown.

      HIV Group N principally affects people living in South-central Cameroon, so it is not difficult to see how this outbreak started. Group M, the group that has caused the worldwide pandemic, was however first identified in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Repub lic of Con go. It is not entirely clear how it transferred from Cameroon to Kinshasa, but the most likely explanation is that an infected individual travelled south down the San gha river that runs through Southern Cam eroon to the River Con go and then on to Kin shasa, where the Group M epidemic probably began.

      Just as we do not know exactly who spread the virus from Cam eroon to Kin shasa, how the virus spread from Africa to America is also not entirely clear. However, recent evidence suggests that the virus may have arrived via the Cari bbean island of H aiti.

      September 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • pervert alert

      @grand old party
      why don't you quit fondling apes. Qu eers the folks who gave the world AIDS

      September 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
    • pervert alert

      Qu eers are responsible for – aw darn it, mom dropped her bedpan out the window of the trailer again. Jeez.

      September 19, 2012 at 2:08 am |
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