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: First Hindu elected to Congress
In an election that broke boundaries, Hawaii elected the nation's first practicing Hindu to the U.S. House of Representatives. Congresswoman-elect Tulsi Gabbard, who will represent the state's second district, told CNN Monday that her election "shows the respect, diversity and love and aloha that people have in Hawaii that would allow for something like this to happen." The 31-year-old Democrat said she will take her oath of office on the Hindu religious text Bhagavad Gita in January.
CNN: Salafis call for Islamic law in Egypt protest
Thousands of supporters of various Egyptian Salafi groups gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday calling for the immediate implementation of Islamic law. Before midday prayers, speakers called on the government of President Mohamed Morsy to move quickly to implement Sharia. Morsy won the office as the candidate for the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Freedom and Justice Party. About 10,000 demonstrators advocating for Sharia filled the square, chanting in unison, "The people want God's law applied."
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These small clay oil lamps are known as diyas. Hindus in India adorn their homes with lots of these lamps during the holiday Diwali to commemorate the Hindu legend of the return of Lord Rama from his 14 year-long exile after murdering the ten-headed demon Ravana. Today is the first day of Diwali.
Reuters: Dalai Lama presses China to investigate Tibetan self-immolations
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday urged Japanese parliamentarians to visit Tibet, and for China to investigate the dozens of self-immolations by Tibetans. "The Dalai Lama is a political exile who has long engaged in anti-China separatist activities in the guise of religion," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily news briefing.
JTA: Canadian lawmaker calls for recognition of Jewish refugees
A Canadian lawmaker has proposed a motion in the country's Parliament calling for formal government recognition of some 850,000 Jews forcibly displaced from Arab lands since Israel's creation in 1948. In his Nov. 8 motion, Liberal Parly lawmaker Irwin Cotler, a former Canadian justice minister, noted that by rejecting the United Nation's Partition Resolution of 1947-1948, Arab states "launched their double aggression of a war against the nascent Jewish state and assaults on their own Jewish nationals, resulting in two refugee populations, Palestinian refugees and Jewish refugees from Arab countries."
Catholic News Agency: Pope's representative calls on US Church for New Evangelization
The Church in the United States and its bishops should play a major role in the New Evangelization by presenting the gospel values they maintain amidst a secular culture, the Pope’s representative to the U.S. said.
Catholic News Agency: Bishops to consider sainthood cause of Dorothy Day
The U.S. bishops will vote this week on advancing the cause for the canonization of Dorothy Day, a 20th century Catholic social activist and tireless advocate for the poor. The move is being sought by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, as his archdiocese was Day's home from 1916 until her death in 1980.
The Guardian: Ding dang … Notre Dame moves to scrap out-of-tune bells
Their names sound pretty enough – Angélique-Françoise, Antoinette-Charlotte, Hyacinthe-Jeanne and Denise-David – but the noise they make together has been described as "discordant" and enough to drive Quasimodo deaf all over again. Some have gone as far as to call them cheap, old and ugly. Thus, there were expected to be few tears shed when the four bells, whose tolling has marked the march of time and a funereal adieu for the great and good at Notre Dame cathedral for 156 years, were taken from their belfry and consigned to the scrapheap.
Religion News Service: ‘Scandalous’ evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson gets star turn on Broadway
Boadway openings often feature a first - the debut of a new star, the premiere of a new playwright’s work. On Thursday (Nov. 15), theatergoers at the opening night performance of “Scandalous” will witness a never-before-seen trifecta. “Scandalous: The Life and Trials of Aimee Semple McPherson” is the first Broadway musical about the showbiz-savvy revivalist whose ministry was rocked by scandal in the 1920s. It’s also the first Broadway show with a book and lyrics written by "Today" show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. And it marks the first time the Foursquare Foundation, which supports Pentecostal ministries, has invested in a Broadway show.
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CNN: My Take: What all those Jesus jokes tell us
Edward J. Blum, a historian of race and religion at San Diego State University, and Paul Harvey, a history professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and editor of the blog Religion in American History, explain how Jesus Christ "a figure sacred to so many Americans has become the punch line of so many jokes" and why it is "acceptable to poke fun at Jesus when other sacred figures are deemed off limits".
Robert Brown said, "God's voice is real"
That was so funny I just wanted to re-post it.
Anyone who says, "There's your sign." is a douche.
Repent or go to hell that simple
Repent what, and where is hell?
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“Intertwine” means “to twist or twine together, to be mutually involved.”
There’s probably no better word to describe the coalition of environmentally diverse partners and the nearly 3,000 square miles of varied green corridors in the Portland-Vancouver area that the coalition works together to sustain. The goal is to advocate as a team at the federal, state and regional levels to create a healthy Intertwine. :)
Love Let Us.
And so does the name game continue. May G.O.D. (Me) watch over G.O.D.(The thief). I am that which I am and though no other can be me and myself does leave memories in the dusty trails of the one to be reconnoitered. The leveraged naysayers of logistical expressionisms are eluded to become as poison berries in lamentations courtyard. Let the thief of my name continue in their byzantine aggregate. I seek the good in goodness and do attempt to waylay the sediments in accretion. The God who is the Holy Sea of Nothingness will reap justice when sentence is strewn upon one's soul.
You still denying you are the Prayer Bot?
Or are you too ashamed to admit it?
I don't have time first of all, and even if I did why would I deny?
Has anyone tried the Prayer-Bot burrito? I can't decide if I want that or a foot long at the CC.
Get the panini and try the pickle sauce.
Who keep calling and hang up phone? Robert?
Prayer changes things
See prayer change my life at prolapsed.net.
So pray for some imagination
"Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
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"truth be told" degenerates to:
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"another repentant sinner" degenerates to:
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"Anybody know how to read? " degenerates to:
"just sayin" degenerates to:
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"Kindness" degenerates to:
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"nope" degenerates to:
"2357" degenerates to:
"WOW" degenerates to:
"fred" degenerates to:
"!" degenerates to:
"pervert alert" is the degenerate.
This troll is not a christian.
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.`. .
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Ha ha you athiests will be laughing when you have to answer to Him. Several churches have already reported real tears under statue's of Jesus after the election. There's your sign.
Anyone who says, "There's your sign" is a douche.
nope is a dope
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Witnesses said that they saw a man throw the infant from the Miller Street pedestrian overpass, but police said they are not sure if the child was alive or dead when the man threw the child. It appears the child was hit by at least two cars, officials said.
A bank shot with a baby is no easy feat!
True, but most of the weight is in the head so if you account for that it makes the shot easier.
No Robert it's already been proven it's all in your head and your god doesn't exist. We can all get the same feelings inside without the need of a god. You have no proof but you believe that talking to yourself is a god only proves you're delusional.
Browns is the Prayer Troll
Like talking to a fence post!!
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Definition of delusion from Merriam-Webster:
1: the act of deluding : the state of being deluded
2a: something that is falsely or delusively believed or propagated
b: a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary; also: the abnormal state marked by such beliefs
God has provided you with plenty of evidence to the contrary. If you don’t believe in him you could be suffering from a delusion.
What is the proof of which you speak Robert?
You continue to say there's evidence. So give the damn evidence and stop giving fucking excuses.
Where is your God now? & hawaiiguest,
The universe and life, aren’t those enough? Don’t worry though, everyone, including yours truly, started out as an atheist. By the way Hawaii, the profanity is unbecoming, you seem much better than those kind of words.
The universe and life in no way give credence to your blind ass assertion of your god existing. Sorry, but this has been explained to you many times, and you always disappear. Maybe you don't see the explanations, or maybe you ignore them to justify to yourself your continued reliance on what is probably the most idiotic nonevidence that you have.
The universe and life what? We have expanations that don't include a god so I am not following...
I was hoping you would have something in depth, something that could be analyzed and thought about. But all you have is the same stupid, useless crap every other apologist has.
I get that some poeple have a limited understanding of physics and assume existance recquires a creator, but I have never understood how they assume existence requires that THIER God is the correct one. The consequences of believing in the wrong God are the same as believing in no God. (In my opinion there are none) So why all the emphasis on the "first mover" argument"? It would seem "which mover" is more important.
It one considers the results, it seems the "First Movement" was just a "Bowel Movement"
lunchbreaker, ask The Donald, he will find out. This will be Big. Really Big. This is going to be a really big thing.
Remember Robert Brown feels godaround groups of people. lol
I don’t particularly like the term apologist, not just because it sounds like an apology, even the idea of defending is incorrect because I have no doubt that God can take care of himself. As far as explaining certain things, I guess that is ok. If someone has a specific question about the word of God a believer might be able to explain it. The understanding is limited for a nonbeliever because of the starting point. A believer starts with the premise that God is real and his word is truth. I suggest creation and life because those both seem very remarkable to me, yet I believed before I even considered those particular subjects. If you start with there is no God and we understand how the universe began and have some ideas how life began I can see how you can intellectually reject God’s word. I know God can reveal himself to you and would suggest if you are interested that you continue to seek him even if you at one time believed and now find it hard to do so. I am convinced there is a plane of existence that we cannot currently detect with instrumentation. Science has recently hypothesized about such things. Even if, we one day can detect this plane, couldn’t the being who created all, still avoid our detection, unless it is his will for us to see things currently unseen?
"I am convinced there is a plane of existence that we cannot currently detect with instrumentation. "
More excuses and delusions as to why you need to believe in a god. What a great example as to what is wrong with those that call themselves Christians, they're completely nuts.
And therein lies the entire reason non-believers don't accept the answers. You are starting with the conclusion, and all that matters is how well you can rationalize away any questions of inconsistencies. I never started with the premise "There is no god", because that is also an unjustified assertion. However, reading something like the bible presuming it's all correct in order to obtain answers to the questions you have about it is completely irrational, illogical, and not a pathway to determining reality.
The end part is the most distrubing. If your god purposefully tells people to rely on faith, then your god is a moron. There is absolutely no difference between your faith and any other religious persons faith, yet the doctrines adhered to can be vastly different. Faith is in no way a good way to determine truth.
To believe or not to so do. The ungodly side with the godless leaving the goodly believers in God to their own devices or so the deniers of God should so do and be done with. My God is not the Christian God nor is the God of Christ my God. Even another person's God cannot be my or another;s God. One God to one building. Our bodies are the buildings wherein each God does reside.
1Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.
Did ANY of you see the OTHER story in the news which also applies here...
Victoria’s Secret model wearing an Indian Headress and underwear....
Quote from Victoria’s Secret website: Victoria's Secret has apologized for putting a Native American-style headdress on a model for its annual fashion show, after the outfit was criticized as a display of ignorance toward tribal culture and history.
The company responded to the complaints over the weekend by saying it was sorry to have upset anyone and that it wouldn't include the outfit in the show's television broadcast next month, or in any marketing materials.
"We sincerely apologize as we absolutely had no intention to offend anyone," the company said.
Historically, headdresses are a symbol of respect, worn by Native American war chiefs and warriors. For Great Plains tribes, for instance, each feather placed on a headdress has significance and had to be earned through an act of compassion or bravery. Some modern-day Native American leaders have been gifted war bonnets in ceremonies accompanied by prayers and songs.
"When you see a Lakota chief wearing a full headdress, you know that he was a very honourable man. He was a leader. He did a lot of honourable things for his people," said Michelle Spotted Elk, a Santa Cruz, Calif., woman of mixed heritage whose husband is Lakota. "It also has religious significance. With them, there's not a division between spirituality and their leadership."
SO.....Victoria’s Secret and singer/pop star Pink have now both apologized in the most recent weeks to the Native American people for their portrayal and display of ignorance toward tribal culture and history.
So if Christians are offended by the joes and mocking of Jesus, why aren’t there any apologies for the jokes and mocking of Jesus, who is the central figure in the Christian faith, culture and history....? It seems that “political correctness” and or / apologies for offending peoples or minorities extends to everybody except the Christian faith believers.
Why don’t you all be just a little kinder and respectful of ALL peoples and ALL faiths and beliefs. Have any of you looked at a dictionary lately... here I will assist....
Bigot: One who is strongly partial to one's own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.
Bigot: A person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp on religion, politics, or race
Christians are fucking retards. Oops, I don't mean to offend mentally retarded people. I meant, Christians are complete idiots and they can take there religion and shove it up there asses. There.
Because we dislike Christians more than we dislike Indians.
We as Americans have the right to dislike whom we please, and you Christians have exercised that right with great relish.
You have trampled the rights of millions for the past 200 years, and what went around has finally come back around.
All the groups you have oppressed are going to return your "kindness" tenfold.
Your days in the sun are numbered, and the the fall from dominance shall be a painfull one.
I look forward to their payback upon you!
Burn the Christian Witch
Burn Christian Burn
Over 800 people an hour are defreinding Romney on Facebook.
At this rate, the Mormons will be back to being a cult by Thursday!
Indians are real, and therefore shouldn't be mocked, Jesus/god aren't real, and are therefore fair game. Pretty simple really.
I believe in Astrology. Do NOT make fun of me!
Ohhhh, where was all the outrage at those same models wearing angel wings? Seriously? Is that how all those who believe in angels think they appear? Gabriel in matching bra and panties?
A 17 month old boy who had cooking oil, heated in a frying pan, poured on his genitals as well as beaten to the point of sustaining spinal injuries is recovering, but the extent of his injuries and whether or not he’ll be able to walk again have not yet been reported.
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When I was really hurting, I prayed to the Lord. He answered my prayer, and took my worries away.
When i am having a bad day i help someone in need and then my life is full.
Meditation can provide the same effect.
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I do a couple of shots of Jack and it has the same effect.
God bless you.
Meditation on the word of God helps more.
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You need spiritual nourishment too.
"Meditation on the word of God helps more."
There is absolutely no proof of that, you're just making crap up to justify your delusion of believing in a non-existent god.
Honey Badger Dont Care,
Liquor, a.k.a. spirits, are a poor, temporary, and dangerous subst.itute for the spirit of God.
Not true. The benefits of meditation are the same, regardless of what one meditates upon.
Proof is available on an individual basis. See Psalm 34:8
No Robert it's already been proven it's all in your head and your god doesn't exist. We can all get the same feelings inside without the need of a god. You have no proof, but you believe that talking to yourself is a god only proves you're delusional.
RB, what is a "spirit" exactly? You believe in ghosts?
Partial Definition of SPIRIT
Courtesy of Merriam-Webster
1: an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms
2: a supernatural being or essence: as
a capitalized: holy spirit
b: soul 2a
c: an often malevolent being that is bodiless but can become visible; specifically: ghost 2
d: a malevolent being that enters and possesses a human being
RB, why do you keep pasting definitions from the dictionary? Do you believe in ghosts or not?
God's voice is real
No, Robert that is you just talking to yourself because you have such a low self esteem you have to believe it's a god since you can't believe you actually can do it yourself. That's why you're such a loser.
This should be on "Belief" . There was a question asked concerning joking about "Jesus". The reason there are jokes about Jesus is that the Son of Yahweh is not named Jesus. And most don't believe. They just go through the motions. So they will joke about anything, nothing is sacred to them. Shame, Shame...
So it's Yahweh Jr. now?
It sounds like a kid size burger at the drive thru.
I'll have a Yahweh Jr. , hold the pickles.
Can Muslims have their Yahweh Jr. with bacon, or do the go to Yahwehs basement?
Hey William, you are sure to upset some sacred cows with that one. Good post.
Diane, yahweh blahweh. No matter what you call your sky fairy, it's still a big joke.
LM AO! Hilarious! You made my day sir, thank you.
God's voice is very real.
I guess that someone should have prayed for that church. Oooops.....
Do prayers function in a democratic way?
Does one prayer offset another?
Is not praying the same as not voting?
Or is the outcome preordained and those who actually pray for whatever happens get all the credit, while those who pray for the opposite get heckled?
Does God randomly sample prayers for a course of action, or does he tabulate each and every one?
Is God willing to run the elections in Florida?
You're presupposing of course that a god even exists at all.
Not at all.
God does not exist. Prayer does.
I am more curious about the politics of it. Are all Christians equal in their Gods eyes(Regarless of the imaginary nature of him)?
Do some hold more sway with the big guy?
How many Hindu prayers are equal to one Christians?
Are Jews prayers considered spam on the HOLYNET?
Do you need high speed or DSL, or will regular dial up prayers connect?
Can I crack someones access password and pretend to be them praying?
Cann the FBI wiretap your prayers without a warrant?
Gosh, only if the FBI could have wiretapped the Talib prayers!!!
Can't we actually design this technology?
What a beautiful day The Lord has made. God bless you all.
It's not nice where I am so guess your "lord" didn't make it beautiful. Prove your "lord" made a beautiful day? We all know it didn't so I won't hold my breath.
Yup, Tell Vishnu more sun next time.
I guess it's how you define beauty. Im a glass is half-full kinda guy.
Tall and blonde with a nice rack.
Joseph: Tell that to the people who are still enduring Sandy's wrath...your imaginary friend apparently doesn't care about them!
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