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October 1st, 2012
04:43 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Monday, October 01

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: Record number of justices attend Red Mass
Six of the nine Supreme Court justices attended the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington on Sunday. The event’s speakers spoke about using faith in decision-making but largely stayed away from the controversial issues the court will face in the coming months.

CNN: Vatican newspaper calls fragment referring to Jesus' wife 'a fake'
The Vatican on Friday appeared to push back on a recently publicized piece of papyrus that appears to show an early Christian referring to Jesus' wife, with its newspaper calling the fragment “a fake.” “Substantial reasons would lead us to conclude that the papyrus is actually a clumsy counterfeit,” the Vatican’s newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, said in a Friday editorial by the newspaper’s editor.

CNN: Personal e-mail urging Mormons to fast and pray for Romney goes national
A Utah woman unwittingly started a grassroots campaign when an e-mail she sent to her five children and a handful of friends urging a day of prayer and fasting for Mitt Romney started making the Mormon rounds.

CNN: Need a bit of Bible? There’s an app for that
Onlookers might think you're checking stocks, watching clips of "Honey Boo Boo" or reading news out of Libya. But on the subway, in the doctor’s office, under a beach cabana – with the right gadget, God’s word can be with you. Making the Bible accessible and shareable is what YouVersion’s Bible app is all about. About 300 versions of the Bible can be downloaded for free to smartphones and tablets, allowing people speaking 144 different languages to get their fix of Scripture.

Tweet of the Day:

Belief on TV:

Enlightening Reads:

New York Times: Women as Priests
Reformers within the Roman Catholic Church have been calling for the ordination of women as priests. The Vatican, however, refuses to consider the possibility and uses its power to silence those who speak out. Catholic clergy in Europe, Australia and the United States who have voiced public support for female ordination have been either dismissed or threatened with removal from administrative posts within the church.

Huffington Post: Most And Least Muslim States In America
A study measuring religious bodies in the United States called the, “2010 U.S. Religious Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study (RCMS)” was recently released by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The most comprehensive study of its kind, it provides detailed county-by-county information on congregations, members, adherents and attendance for 236 different faiths groups. (The survey differentiates between specific denominations within the same tradition.) The researchers found Illinois to be the most Muslim state with around 2.8 percent of the population identifying as Muslim adherents. The researchers found Montana to be the least Muslim state with only 0.034 percent identifying as Muslim adherents.

Reuters: Egypt: Coptic Christians to return to Sinai homes
Egypt's presidency and prime minister said on Saturday security forces in North Sinai were working to return Coptic Christians living near Egypt's border with Israel to their homes after they fled in fear of attack from Islamists. Nine Christian families living in Rafah near Egypt's border with Israel left their homes on Friday after Islamist militants made death threats and gunmen attacked a Coptic-owned shop.

Huffington Post: At United Nations, Organization Of Islamic Cooperation Calls For Ban On Insulting Prophet Muhammad
As anti-American protests continue in Islamic nations against a U.S.-made film that mocks the Muslim prophet, the leader of the world's largest Islamic organization met with United Nations leaders this week to condemn violence over the film and call for a ban on insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

Opinion of the Day:


The author notes that more and more young people are rejecting traditional religion and taking up a variety of spiritual practices.

CNN: My Take: 'I'm spiritual but not religious' is a cop-out
Alan Miller, Director of The New York Salon and Co-Founder of London's Old Truman Brewery, calling a person spiritual but not religious “offers no positive exposition or understanding or explanation of a body of belief or set of principles of any kind.”

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Obama has substantially widened his lead among Catholic voters since June, the Pew poll found.

CNN: Pew poll: Obama opens up lead over Romney among Catholics
President Barack Obama has opened up a significant lead among Catholic voters, a crucial swing voting bloc, according to a recent Pew poll.Obama leads opponent Mitt Romney among Catholic voters by 54% to 39%, according to the survey, conducted from September 12 to 16 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

- A. Hawkins

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Proven

    October 2, 2012 at 4:28 am |
    • Nope

      Nope

      October 2, 2012 at 4:37 am |
    • nope

      @Nope
      nope

      October 2, 2012 at 4:38 am |
    • nope

      @nope
      @@nope
      nope

      October 2, 2012 at 4:39 am |
    • Jesus

      You're a proven liar. 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!.

      October 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
    • Thinker23

      Jesus... When I was a student I've prayed the evening before every test and I've passed every single one with flying colors. This, of course, PROVES BEYOND ANY DOUBT THAT PRAYERS WORK.

      October 2, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Science

      And TINKER BELL/CHAD and sock puppets go E = mc2 or splat !

      Not good to teach to children ................the fear of HELL !!!

      Protest at the Good News Club Spectacular

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OwIGrEQhEk&w=640&h=360]

      June 29, 2013 at 6:14 am |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    October 1, 2012 at 7:29 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 truths is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent truths, 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 truths 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

      October 1, 2012 at 8:30 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!

      October 2, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  3. Answer

    Religious morons.

    October 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  4. Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

    Why would someone post "scripture", for people who do not hold that is has any "authority". ?
    They don't even know why they do, what they do.

    October 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • HeathenBuster

      Why stay a moron?

      October 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • KandyKane

      Good question, Heathen. Why don't you answer it, since you're the moron here?

      October 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Fluffy, the scripture you requested,Psalm 14:1
      The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • Huebert

      @Robert

      People like you are one of the reasons that most christian churches in America are hemorrhaging members.

      October 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • old ben

      I do find that Psalms is the most like Charmin when I run out of TP.

      October 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Huebert,
      Page 207 of the spiritual religious. I answered your three questions. Hope that helps.

      October 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • George

      You're wrong Huebert. Attendance in the churches have been and are still growing. Most checked answer for this growth is finding out atheism as well as evolution theory has too many flaws. God is great.

      October 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      Robert,
      You need a Logic course. That argument is circular, AND unchristian.
      A psalm is ALSO scripture, so you have simply compounded you initial ignorant error.
      "No one shall come to me, unless the Father draw him", "Many are called, but few are chosen".
      Your peculiar American Fundamentalist view, is not really the traditional Christian view, which, in fact, DID have a place for legitimate, good-faith non-belief.
      It's judgmental, and bigoted.
      You need a Bible class.

      October 1, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  5. Robert Brown

    Spiritual vs Religious no
    Spirit vs Flesh yes
    Judges 21:25, “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”
    See what happened to the children of Israel when they strayed from God and worshipped any old way they thought was best.
    Hebrews 10:25, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
    There are many problems in churches find one with a body of believers who believe Jesus is God’s son, the Bible is true, and where they love one another.
    1 John 4:1, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
    There is only one spirit that gives peace, joy, and happiness. All the others will ultimately lead to your destruction.
    Finally, consider the words of Jesus as he explained being born again to Nicodemus, John 3:6, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

    October 1, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • sally

      Interesting. And since spirit is make-believe, then really there is only flesh. And since there is only flesh, then there is no need to be religious. Wow – thanks for making that all make sense to me.

      October 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
    • Fluffy the Gerbil of Doom

      Ah yes. The ancient explanation myth, from 3000 year old books. Give it up dude. There is no dualistic separation. Do you even know what "dualism" is, or why you believe it ? I seriously doubt it.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
    • Robert Brown

      Fluffy,
      I have no idea what dualism is.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • HeathenBuster

      Robert, you're posting to a generation that was deceived by their teachers from grade school to ensure that hate Jesus. It's the generation of the morons that know nothing, just think they do.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • HeathenBuster

      Fluff puff, why don't you give it up. Admit it. Your teachers lied and conditioned you to be a fool.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You're an idiot, HB. I grew up in an era in which the Lord's Prayer was still recited in school.

      This isn't generational.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • KandyKane

      Look, Heathen, I AM a teacher and I don't a single educator who does any such thing. You're delusional.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • HeathenBuster

      Get lost Tom, Tom, the pipeless son. Go stuff yourself since their is plenty of Bull in you.

      As for KandyKane, you're no teacher. If you were, you'd be in school fool. You spread nothing but lies.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Can't refute what I said, I see. Big surprise. You're full of crap. No one is indoctrinating kids to "hate Jesus" except in your ignorant skull.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • HeathenBuster

      To all the phony heathen atheists on this site. Stuff it. You know nothing, you lie all the time, you spread lies, you're a nuisance to society as a whole.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
    • KandyKane

      Ever hear of a sick day, stupid?

      October 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • KandyKane

      Wow, you really don't like being called on to back up your statements, do you? Poor thing.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • HeathenBuster

      Get lost Tom, Tom, the pipeless son. Refute you? You atheist belong in prison. Who cares what any of you have to say. It's all nonsense.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Heathen, what has any atheist lied about on this board? Go ahead and cite it. Then prove it's a lie.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why should atheists be in prison? Since when is lack of belief a crime?

      Unless maybe you think this is a theocracy. That would make you pretty ignorant.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • HeathenBuster

      Tom, Tom, the pipeless Son, you're too stupid to explain the depth of your depravity.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I'll bet Heathen Boob is a teenager who is struggling with school and hates teachers because he's a lousy student.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      My "depravity?" Why don't YOU explain it then, honey pie?

      October 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • HeathenBuster

      The question should be "what haven't the atheist lied about on this blog". You're so stupid, you haven't a clue how stupid and conditioned you are. You go to the people who conditioned you to hear more nonsense.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      How does one explain the depths of one's depravity when one isn't depraved? I doubt Heathen Boob knows what 'depraved' means; it's probably on his spelling list for his test on Friday.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • HeathenBuster

      Goodbye Pipeless son. I've wasted enough time posting to you.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Then it should be quite easy for you to list 10 things atheists have lied about, Heathen Fake, and prove that they were lies. Go ahead, little troll.

      October 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hahha. Run away, little boy. Scared you right off the board, didn't I? Dickless wonder!

      October 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • HeathenBuster

      You didn't scare me off the board. Bored me to tears, yes. Scared. Why would anyone be scared off a moron who knows nothing, talk, talk, talk and says nothing? I left and will leave again because you atheists have bored the tears out of Christians.

      October 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • Huebert

      Heathen

      No one cares why you left we are only glad that you are gone.

      October 1, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • therealpeace2all

      @HeathenBuster

      LOL ! -CS 😀

      Peace...

      October 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
    • truth be trolled

      "Why would anyone be scared off a moron who knows nothing," There's only one person who could write this way. It's the one that shows the only way in which "trickle-down" actually works:

      "HeathenBuster" degenrates to:
      "Ronald Regonzo" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degnerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
      "tina" deganerates to:
      "captain america" degnerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "nope" degnerates to:
      "2357" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degnerates to:
      "fred" degnerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" or "...."
      and many other names, but of course I prefer to refer to this pathetic h0mophobe as
      the disgruntled ex Evangelical Fortune Cookie Co. "writer".

      October 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      "I have no idet even know what dualism is".

      Why are we not surprised ? You betray you ignorance at every step, in every post. You are NO spokesman for Christianity. You don't even know your own Theology and Philosophy. You are not competent to be here. You are embarrassing your faith.

      October 1, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
  6. Fancy hedonist stamina, Right? The hot sniveling horrid hell.

    Happy! Ever-changing snorters.

    October 1, 2012 at 8:06 am |
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