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: Putting the 'jab' in 'hijab': Girls beat up Iran cleric when he tells them to cover up
They may be a far cry from their Western counterparts fighting for the acceptance to breast feed – or go topless – in public, but two girls clobbered a cleric recently in a small town in Iran, when he admonished one of them to cover herself more completely. The cleric said he asked "politely," but the girl's angry reaction and some pugilistic double-teaming with her friend landed the holy man in the hospital, according to an account in the semi-official Mehr News Agency.
CNN: 5 questions and answers about Jesus' 'wife'
Since the news broke Tuesday about a scrap of papyrus containing the line in Coptic, "Jesus said, 'My wife..' " questions have rocketed across the world about what this means. We put many of the big questions to leading scholars, pastors and people in the pews to find the answers.
Belief on TV:
Aljazeera: The fallacy of the phrase, 'the Muslim world'
On September 12, the day after the attacks on the US diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya, the New York Times set out to explain what it called the "anguished relationship between the United States and the Muslim world". According to the Times, the "Muslim world" was prone to outbursts of violence, and the reaction to the 14-minute anti-Islam movie trailer The Innocence of Muslims was both baffling and predictable. "Once again, Muslims were furious," wrote reporter Robert F Worth, "and many in the West found themselves asking why Islam seems to routinely answer such desecrations with violence." Other media outlets echoed the claim that "the Muslim world" was consumed by anger, and had long been so. It is time to retire the phrase "the Muslim world" from the Western media. Using the phrase in the manner above disregards not only history and politics, but accurate reporting of contemporary events.
CNN: Actress in anti-Islamic film files lawsuit against filmmaker and YouTube
One of the actresses in "Innocence of Muslims" - the anti-Islam film that ignited a firestorm in the Muslim world - is suing the producer of the film, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, claiming she is a victim of fraud, invasion of privacy and misappropriation of her likeness.
Religion News Service: Vatican helps launch church-approved ads for Catholic websites
An Italian startup is launching a web advertising platform that aims to provide Catholic websites with Catholic-approved advertisements. The platform, called AdEthic, will be presented on Thursday (Sept. 20) at a press conference in Rome, as part of a wider Catholic project to engage in social media.
EWTN: Obama religious freedom ad points to issue's significance
A new ad by the Obama campaign acknowledging the importance of religious liberty shows that the issue is still a critical aspect of this election, said a religious freedom advocate. “It’s having a huge impact, and he's recognizing that,” Scheidler told EWTN News on Sept. 19. The fact that the web video was made shows that the issue is still alive and that the president feels “threatened” by the impact of the grassroots campaign opposing his policies, he asserted.
Religion News Service: Can hip-hop be holy? A Q&A with Monica Miller
Hip-hop's all the rage at universities and seminaries these days. Scholars parse its angry and often violent language. They sift out refrains of religious redemption or clever critiques of modern culture. In some traditionally African-American divinity schools, the rise and fall of response and call, old-school black preaching, is giving way to intricately rhyming rap.
Quote of the Day:
Senators, I came here today to ask the government to give my mother the dignity of being a statistic. The FBI does not track hate crimes against Sikhs. My mother and those shot that day will not even count on a federal form. We cannot solve a problem we refuse to recognize.
Harpreet Singh Saini from Oak Creek, WI lost his mother in the Aug. 5 Sikh temple shooting.
Opinion of the Day:
CNN Opinion: Media don't get #MuslimRage
Dean Obeidallah, former attorney, political comedian, editor of the politics blog "The Dean's Report" and co-director of the upcoming documentary "The Muslims Are Coming!, " discusses the #MuslimRage phenomenon. “A small number of protesters should not define the entire Muslim population of over a billion. The media should know this and report the truth accordingly,” he says.
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CNN: Newly revealed Coptic fragment has Jesus making reference to 'my wife'
A newly revealed, centuries-old papyrus fragment suggests that some early Christians might have believed Jesus was married. The fragment, written in Coptic, a language used by Egyptian Christians, says in part, "Jesus said to them, 'My wife ..." Harvard Divinity School Professor Karen King announced the findings of the 1 1/2- by 3-inch honey-colored fragment on Tuesday in Rome at the International Association for Coptic Studies.