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September 26th, 2012
04:55 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, September 26

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: Reid calls out Romney on their shared Mormon faith
The nation's highest ranking Mormon in elected office said Monday that Republican presidential candidate is “not the face of Mormonism.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, made the remarks in a conference call Monday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

CNN: Interfaith group protests ad that says 'Support Israel. Defeat Jihad'
Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders gathered in New York to protest advertisements that claim "Support Israel. Defeat Jihad" smattered across 10 city subways stations Monday and to debut a counter-ad that is due up in the same stations at the end of the week, according to the interfaith group.

CNN: Yom Kippur starts Tuesday night. What would you atone for?
What are you atoning for? What would you atone for if you were into that sort of thing? Tuesday evening marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, which Jews consider to be holiest day of the year. It's marked by a day-long fast. In the spirit of the holiday, we put the question "What would you atone for?" to Twitter and got a range of responses, from silly to serious.

CNN: Internet intensifies Jewish squabbles over Israel, identity
Forgive those who have sinned against you. Seek forgiveness for your sins against others. Forgive yourself. In a nutshell, that is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, which begins at sunset Tuesday. There are many forms of sin, to be sure. In their sermons some rabbis will no doubt voice concern about the way American Jews talk to each other about Israel, about politics and even what it means to be Jewish, lamenting an often divisive and sometimes caustic tone.

CNN: Study links mutual fund decisions with religion
Faith plays a major role in many Americans' lives, affecting their outlook on morality, politics and even – according to a new study – investing. The study, conducted at the University of Georgia and Southern Methodist University, found that the predominant religion in a community affects the decision-making process of mutual fund managers in that community, specifically when it comes to risk.

Belief on TV:

Enlightening Reads:

JTA: Abbas tells Jewish leaders he’ll be more sensitive to Jewish Israel claims
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Jewish leaders that his U.N. speech would address showing greater sensitivity to Jewish claims to Israel. Meeting Monday evening with about 10 Jewish leaders, Abbas also endorsed Alan Dershowitz's formula for returning to talks with Israel, participants said. The meeting was under the auspices of the Center for Middle East Peace. Top Jewish organizational leaders declined, reportedly at the request of the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has discouraged Jewish meetings with Abbas until he gives up demanding a settlement freeze as a precondition for returning to talks.

Religion News Service: Christians have crosses, Jews have stars and atheists have ... what, exactly?
Hester Prynne would be so proud. The red letter “A” that Nathaniel Hawthorne’s heroine was forced to wear as a badge of shame in the classic novel “The Scarlet Letter” is now proudly chosen by atheists to wear on jewelry made from ceramic, silver, gold and wood.

Reuters: Christian Copt to face trial in Egypt for blasphemy
An Egyptian Copt arrested on suspicion of posting an anti-Islam video online that ignited Muslim protests around the world will stand trial next Wednesday on charges of insulting religions, the state news agency MENA said on Monday.

Huffington Post: Starbucks Lingyin Temple Location Offends Buddhists In Eastern China
A new Starbucks outpost in Hangzhou, China has caused a stir since it opened this week a 20-minute walk away from Lingyin Temple, a famed Buddhist shrine in eastern China. Critics in China have called the store opening a "cultural invasion," according to government news portal China.org.cn.

EWTN: Nigeria's government faulted after terrorist attack kills Christians
Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos is criticizing the Nigerian administration for poor intelligence gathering and failing to arrest terrorists, following a Sept. 23 suicide bombing at the cathedral in Bauchi. “Unless the individuals are identified, we will continue to go round in circles and the violence will occur again and again. The government is not on top of the security situation,” the archbishop told Aid to the Church in Need on Sept. 24.

Excerpt of the Day:

Yom Kippur is a Jewish holiday that reminds us not to mistake routine for commitment. When we commit to God we have to put our heart and soul into it. We have to commit with both consistency and intensity.

Shmuel Herzfeld, a rabbi at Ohev Sholom – The National Synagogue in D.C., explains in the Washington Post how “Yom Kippur is God’s way of helping us return entirely to Him.”

Opinion of the Day:

CNN: Subway ads: A right to hate speech, a duty to condemn
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, director of North American Programs for Rabbis for Human Rights, believes the anti-Islam ads posted in New York City’s subway stations fall under the right of free speech. “But I can still raise my voice against words of hatred,” she says.

Join the conversation…

CNN: Mormon blogger says he faces church slap-down, possible excommunication
A Mormon blogger in Florida typed his way into national headlines when he recently went public about facing possible disciplinary action from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. David Twede, who says he’s a fifth-generation Mormon, is the managing editor of MormonThink.com, an online publication that invites debate and open discussion about the LDS Church.

- A. Hawkins

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    April 24, 2013 at 10:27 am |
  2. hippypoet

    belief itself isn't a bad thing. i can say that honestly and believe those words. any belief that makes one want to be a better person is a grand belief to be sure! however, the belief in something unpovable full heartedly is what i find to be disconcerting. the real issue with religion is when those that believe full heartedly run a country or when the majority of the cizitens are religious. For as we all know, the majority make the rule. wether it be thru having more votes or greater numbers in your army the idea is the same, strength in numbers! But when this is the case what you get is oppession.

    any religiously ran government is an oppressive one. All religions state what people should, should not, can, and can not do and even at times religions state when one should do these things. it is in its most basic function a form of social control that warps the mind of the creature being controlled so that the end result is a person who willin
    gly acts in accordance to that very same oppressive government thereby making the government appear to be not controlling at all.

    it is a very nice trick, but aren't tricks for children?
    should we not grow up?
    are dreams really worth giving reality up?
    how is a hope greater then knowledge?
    why aren't other things taken at face value with the same "faith"?
    if anything then at least shouldn't the tenets of your faith be adhered to and be upheld?
    should you stone your own children because they were dissrespectful to you?
    should you kill those of differing cultures or beliefs because they have differing cultures and beliefs?
    would you allow those that survive YOUR jihad to be enslaved and turned into property?
    should women be viewed as property and treated as such?
    how many commandments do you follow and how many do you think there are?
    shouldn't the followers of the abrahamic faith know the answers to these questions?
    was hope greater then knowledge?
    did the dream live up to its reality?

    food for thought.

    September 27, 2012 at 11:47 am |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 27, 2012 at 5:26 am |
    • 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".

      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 27, 2012 at 10:37 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^!

      September 27, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  4. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 27, 2012 at 5:26 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^!.

      September 27, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  5. mike w

    Michele Bachmann crazy quotes:
    (funny, but then again, what an evil waste of space this dingbat is)

    http://www.zimbio.com/Michele+Bachmann%27s+Craziest+Quotes?utm_source=outb&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Z-Politics-1

    September 27, 2012 at 12:31 am |
    • hinduMithraism Christianity baseofhindufilthyracism.

      NFL, truth, a pass conceived is hail mary, absurdity of replacement officials, ignorant, high school officials is dependent on blind calls, program also known as scrubs strike 180 absurd, and pass interference is development of a blind man in to a receiver. have some eduction, knowledge, before throwning flag for block in back, To learn more visit nfl,com and click on referee lock-out to open file.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:49 am |
    • sally

      I completely agree, "hinduMithraism".

      September 27, 2012 at 2:04 am |
    • random hatehindu wordfling thoughtflatulence

      Americans give big money stuff to guys who play with their balls. Unclean! The evildoing of diarrhetic hindus, LURK! LURK! Hindus in the shadows! Hindus in the portapotties inventing football and baseball and steal our best ideas! We muslims, suckers of the drippings of allah, invent football, before hindus pervert it into football. First was footskull, played with recently decapitated useless head of hindu. Hurt to kick, though. Mostly just poke it with a stick (origin of golf, by the way) and then go do boink-boink with goat.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:43 am |
  6. sally

    Now that the Rummy pirate is safely out of the way, it's time to mobilize and get rid of some of these senate and house repubtards.

    September 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
    • Chad

      September 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
  7. Chad

    Everything looks miniaturized somehow. Like it used to be much larger. It's hard to explain. Laughs escape my body without making a sound.

    September 26, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • Chad

      September 26, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      This is perhaps the most intelligent post you've ever produced, derp.

      September 26, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
    • Al

      That's what she said.

      September 27, 2012 at 12:42 am |
  8. save the world and slap some sense into a religious nutcase today!

    What's the only kind of "trickle-down" that actually works??

    Why it's the tears of:

    Ronald Regonzo,
    truth be told,
    pervert alert,
    tina,
    Atheism is not healthy...,
    just sayin,
    captain america,
    WOW,
    nope,
    2357,
    herbie,
    Douglas,
    herbie,
    fred,
    ug,
    !
    j

    and the many other names of the ho mophobic,
    disgruntled ex Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. "writer"

    when Obama cleans house in November.

    September 26, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
    • OR

      Hi Tom

      September 27, 2012 at 6:05 am |
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