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October 23rd, 2012
05:38 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Tuesday, October 23

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: Survey: Catholics divided on political issues, as adherent numbers decline
As important as the Catholic vote is in the 2012 election, a new survey finds that the group is far from monolithic and is not largely focused on the issues that get a lot of attention from church leaders – abortion and gay marriage. Among the Catholics surveyed by the Public Religious Research Institute, 60% believe the Church should focus more on social justice issues and their obligation to the poor, even if it means focusing less on social issues like abortion and right to life. Thirty-one percent say the opposite – they favor social issues over social justice issues.

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Enlightening Reads:

Religion News Service: Election Day Communion aims to heal the partisan breach
Come to me, all ye who are weary of negative political ads and burdened by the wounds of a brutal campaign season. I will give you rest. That twist on the call of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew is resonating this year as more than 400 local churches prepare for a new tradition: Election Day Communion. As voting winds down on Nov. 6, people of every political stripe will leave their respective partisan bunkers and line up side by side to receive the sacrament.

The Jerusalem Post: Diaspora Jews stand with Women of the Wall
Hundreds of people around the world on Monday simultaneously recited the shema prayer in a unique flashmob event, in response to the arrest of Women of the Wall chairwoman Anat Hoffman last week. Hoffman was arrested during a late night event on October 16 while accompanying approximately 250 members of the Hadassah Women’s Organization to the Western Wall.

The Sacramento Bee: Mormon church a widely diverse entity in Sacramento region
At 9 o'clock Sunday mornings, as many as 400 Tongans, Samoans, Maori and other Pacific Islanders fill the Mormon Church south of Florin Road to sing and pray in Tongan with a smattering of English. They're followed at 11 o'clock by about 300 Marshall Islanders and Fijians in Marshallese, Fijian and English.

Reuters: French Muslims demand group ban after mosque attack
The French Muslim Council (CFCM) urged the government on Monday to ban a far-right group that occupied a mosque on Saturday and issued a "declaration of war" against what it called the Islamization of France.

Huffington Post: LSU Airbrushes Crosses Out Of Fan Photo
Louisiana State University landed in hot water last week when the school appeared to have airbrushed Christian crosses out of a photo of several LSU fans who had painted the symbols on their chests. LSU often posts fan photos on the school's website and Facebook page and in its email newsletter. After the Oct. 13 football game against the University of South Carolina, the administration emailed a picture to the student body of a group of fans who call themselves the "Painted Posse" because they paint themselves in the school's colors for games. Posse members also notably paint crosses on their chests as a symbol of their Christian faith.

EWTN: Vatican still planning peace mission to Syria, despite violence spreading
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Oct. 22 that the Holy See is still studying the situation in Syria and is preparing to send a peace delegation, despite violence related to the ongoing conflict spilling over into Lebanon and Jordan. In a brief statement made public Monday, Fr. Lombardi explained that the delegation would leave “as soon as possible” and that the planning for the mission is still ongoing.

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This billboard on wheels, sponsored by American Atheists, will follow the Romney campaign throughout southern Florida.

CNN: Atheist billboard attacks Romney’s faith, but Mormons say it's misleading
When he campaigns in southern Florida on Monday, Mitt Romney will have an unwelcome traveling partner: a mobile billboard attacking his religion. The billboard on wheels, sponsored by American Atheists, attacks the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its treatment of African-Americans and gays, though the church says the attacks are inaccurate.

- A. Hawkins

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    October 23, 2012 at 7:39 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. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency 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 can help you:

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

      October 23, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
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      "truth be told" degenerates to:
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      "Anybody know how to read? " degenerates to:
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      "fred" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert"

      This troll is not a christian!

      October 24, 2012 at 9:53 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.

      October 24, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  2. Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

    I learned my special thoughts in special ed.

    I am special.

    Oh! I haven't used my special smilys I learned in special ed yet. Here they are:

    This is the one that means Father Chester is having his special private session with me :shock:

    This is Father Chester :twisted:

    This is the special mouth thing he likes me to do :lol:

    This is what I do when SuperInvisoBuddy Jesus doesn't answer my prayers yet again :cry:

    This is what everybody's face looks like when I tell them my innerspace theory :roll:

    And this is what the super minigod who lives in my atomic subspaces looks like :roll:

    Very special.

    October 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      :-(

      October 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      :sad: I forgot to tell you that this face represents me after Father Chester is done.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Only fools take up another's namesake.

      October 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      I hate it when people mock me like I have mocked others. It's only funny when I do it.
      :sad:

      October 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  3. Hey Topher!

    I asked you thins repeatedly when you asked fro theological questions, but you kept avoiding it. Would you live up to your words and explain the following:

    How did Noah round up all the 3,000,000 non bacterial land species and get them from all over the globe to the ark? How did he build a 440' ark out of wood when all attempts to built steel-reinfoirced wooden vessels over 300-350 feet failed (wood is not strong enough, no matter how much you use). If there were only 8 people, how did they feed those 6,000,000 animals – they woul have had to feed 4 species a second non-stop 24/7 for the whole journey. How did they get 6,000,000 animals and all their food into a 1,500,000 cubit foot structure? How did we get all the different races from Noah's descendants, who would have been the source of all humans?

    October 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Answer

      It's called "magic"... when you have faith you can use magic all you want as an excuse.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Bob spelled backwards

      I always wondered why God mass murdered all those other animals.

      I mean, he killed all the fluffy little bunnies except two, all the frolicky wombats except for two, all those sweet little gerbils of doom but two, all of those perky tap-dancing banana slugs except for two. Why didn't God just put them all on their own secret floating island instead, rather than making Noah do all that work gathering them up then delivering them back?

      And what about the plants and trees and stuff? Why didn't Nopah's ark have a botany section with two of every plant? I mean, the animals need those plants, and if God did some magicky thing for the plants, why didn't he do it for the animals too, and save Noah a hell of a lot of busy work?

      And why did God do a flood that would throw the enviropnment out of balance and require an ark to restore, the whole process taking a long long LONG time? Why wouldn't he just send in a plague that only affected humans, and make Noah and his little family immune? Much MUCH simpler. Or he could have sent in his hit-man thug angels to kill everyone like he did at Sodom and Gomorrah.

      When you think about it, God moves in stupid ways.

      October 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • .

      Noah's Flood not global, nor does the Bible say it was

      Go to # 5

      http://www.biblestudysite.com/answers13.htm#5

      October 23, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
    • Atheists: teaching Christians about the Bible

      Not global? What Bible are you reading?

      Genesis 7:18-20 "The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits."

      Christians never ever seem to know their own Bible.

      October 24, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • Don't Quit Your Day Job

      Atheists: teaching Christians about the Bible, don't quit your day job. I noticed, you don't have a grasp on Jesus' truth, but, believe the lies of other atheists that also don't know what scriptures say.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Don't Quit Your Day Job

      Atheists: teaching Christians about the Bible, the waters rose upon the earth during Katrina. Did your state get affected? Proof that you don't know what scriptures say.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • Don't Quit Your Day Job

      To the fool that wrote Topher. You are arrogant and ignorant about scriptures. Instead of trying to disprove what Jesus had holy men scribe. Try, stop being so lazy and learning it for yourself. Your atheist buddies won't be standing next to you on judgment day.

      October 25, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  4. Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

    :-)

    October 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Oh, that's me when I don't have a thought in my head. Which is all the time. My head is just as empty as can be.

      I'm so wonderfully free of the ravages of intelligence!

      I think I like toast.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Funny thing about shadows and their hiding behind another's namesake,,,

      Need I say more?

      October 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Need I say anything, or do you need words to know I am a froot loop?

      Do I need to make sense?

      October 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  5. Robert

    "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not." Proverb

    October 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

      1Cr 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.

      If at first one does not hit the nail on the head, keep trying!

      October 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
    • Asking Robert once again

      So Robert, regarding your Solstice thing, when you are still around on December 22 and realize that absolutely nothing at all happened and that it was all phony delusion, will you finally realize that there is no God, that you have been chasing illusions, or wll you just make up excuses and replace it with new illusions conspiracy theories?

      I mean, you are looking at the very real possibility that your beliefs will be proven absolutely wrong on a specific date. If that happens, will you come to your senses, or come up with new lies?

      Here is an excerpt from National Geographic. NASA scientist gives his comments:

      2012 MYTH 3
      Galactic Alignment Spells Doom

      Some sky-watchers believe 2012 will close with a "galactic alignment," which will occur for the first time in 26,000 years.

      In this scenario, the path of the sun in the sky would appear to cross through what, from Earth, looks to be the midpoint of our galaxy, the Milky Way, which in good viewing conditions appears as a cloudy stripe across the night sky.

      Some fear that the lineup will somehow expose Earth to powerful unknown galactic forces that will hasten its doom—perhaps through a "pole shift" (see above) or the stirring of the supermassive black hole at our galaxy's heart.

      Others see the purported event in a positive light, as heralding the dawn of a new era in human consciousness.

      NASA's Morrison has a different view.

      "There is no 'galactic alignment' in 2012," he said, "or at least nothing out of the ordinary."

      He explained that a type of "alignment" occurs during every winter solstice, when the sun, as seen from Earth, appears in the sky near what looks to be the midpoint of the Milky Way.

      Horoscope writers may be excited by alignments, Morrison said. But "the reality is that alignments are of no interest to science. They mean nothing," he said. They create no changes in gravitational pull, solar radiation, planetary orbits, or anything else that would impact life on Earth.

      The speculation over alignments isn't surprising, though, he said.

      "Ordinary astronomical phenomena are imbued with a sense of threat by people who already think the world is going to end."

      October 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • mama k

      Lol, yes well they had to write something to keep the sheep dumb.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      mama k,

      Dumbness dies slowly in the arms of those who love the dumb, the deaf and the sightless.

      Well ain't this special?

      October 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Answer

      Well well well.. looks like that tard Robert is trying harder than usual for his imaginary friend today.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • Bob spelled backwards

      Actually, I thought it was a fake Robert as all most of the references were to the ugliest parts of the Old Testament (okay, I don't think the Old Testament has any non-ugly parts) but on a relative basis, those were pretty yucky.

      Then again, Robert might just be an even bigger nincompoop that we ever imagined.

      October 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
  6. Robert

    "Every man who has something on his head while praying or prophesying disgraces his head. But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying disgraces her head, for she is one and the same as the woman whose head is shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, let her also have her hair cut off; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man; for indeed man was not created for the woman's sake, but woman for the man's sake. Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head." Corinthians

    October 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Old things are ever done away with. The newness will ever rub off. Keep clean one's thoughts lest one dirties others.

      October 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  7. Robert

    "Whoever spoils his son will bind up his wounds, and will suffer heartache at every cry. An unbroken horse turns out stubborn, and an unchecked son turns out headstrong. Pamper a child, and he will terrorize you; play with him, and he will grieve you. Do not laugh with him, or you will have sorrow with him, and in the end you will gnash your teeth. Give him no freedom in his youth, and do not ignore his errors. Bow down his neck in his youth, and beat his sides while he is young, or else he will become stubborn and disobey you, and you will have sorrow of soul from him. Discipline your son and make his yoke heavy, so that you may not be offended by his shamelessness. " -Sirach

    October 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      A nail has only one head. Strike it rightly lest you need to hit it many more times. The less times a nail's head is struck, the less energy it takes to plant firmly the nailed head.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  8. Robert

    "Whoever strikes his father or mother shall be put to death." Exodus

    October 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Striking things without due reasoning is one thing and striking with correct seasoning is another. Nails are nails and many carpenters need not hit the same nails in order to finish each piece.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  9. Robert

    "Withhold not chastisement from a boy; if you beat him with a rod he will not die. Beat him with the rod, and you will save him" Proverbs

    October 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Keep simple one's chastising ways. Corporeal punishment should only be applied by elders all in agreement. A spectacle of punishing will openly show others the wrong and the right and what judgement ensues. Keep one's child safe yet let them see "worldliness" for what is. A hodgepodge.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  10. Robert

    "Wives, be subordinate to your husbands, as is proper in the Lord." Colossian

    October 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Even men are subordinate to those who hold one's "CHAINS"! Wives and Husbands need each other's understanding and considerations. Equalities in marriages go without saying for to tramp on one's mate for no soundness' reason will always create issues of contention. Do no hatefulness deeds toward your mate. Love endures the dumbness of times' done wrong.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  11. Robert

    " Give no woman power over you to trample upon your dignity." – Sirach

    October 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Power is blind to many faces.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  12. Robert

    "But if this charge is true and evidence of the girls virginity is not found (on her wedding night), they shall bring the girl to the entrance of her fathers house and there her townsman shall stone her to death" Deuteronomy

    October 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Again I say, "Let YOU who are without sin, cast the 1st stone." G.O.D.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
  13. Robert

    "Women should listen and learn quietly and submissively. I do not let women teach men or have authority over them. Let them listen quietly. For God made Adam first, and afterward he made Eve. And it was the woman, not Adam, who was deceived by Satan, and sin was the result." Timothy

    October 23, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Evil seeks higher levels from which to cast their nets. Goodness lays their nets deeply in the water's channels and trawls a wide birth.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  14. Robert

    "A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death." Leviticus

    October 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Stones cast in sin should never be hurled by sinners. Who is then left to cast stones?

      October 23, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
  15. Robert

    "And put a knife to your throat if you have a ravenous appetite." Proverbs

    October 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Evil foreshadows the wicked for wickedness ever lays in shadowy hands never in plainview.

      October 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
  16. Robert

    "All who curse their father or mother must be put to death." Leviticus

    October 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
    • Innerspace is God's Place while outerspace is for the human race.

      Then, who would be left alive? Children who have yet to sin? How then will these sinnless children survive if not from sinners?

      October 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  17. Robert

    "The Lord has made everything for his own ends, even the wicked for the evil day. " Proverbs

    October 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  18. Robert

    "No one whose testicles have been crushed or whose penis has been cut off may be admitted into the community of the Lord." Deuteronomy

    October 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  19. Robert

    "If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death." Leviticus

    October 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  20. Robert

    "No child of an incestuous union may be admitted into the community of the Lord, nor any descendent of his even to the tenth generation." Deuteronomy

    October 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
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