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November 14th, 2012
05:43 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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:


Riaad Moosa says that Islam is a religion which is tolerant and open to comedy, especially in South Africa.

CNN: Comic talks Muslim humor and Islamophobia
If laughter is the best medicine then few are more qualified to offer a prescription than Riaad Moosa. The South African comic-turned-movie-actor is a fully trained doctor, but it's his Indian heritage and Muslim faith that provide the basis for his stand-up material. "I'm a comedian who happens to be Muslim [and] my comedy stems on all forms of my identity," he says.

CNN: Liberal Catholics use election results to battle bishops
Emboldened by the re-election of President Barack Obama, a cadre of liberal Catholic activists and groups is waging a campaign alleging that America's Catholic bishops are out of touch with Catholic laypeople. The Catholic bishops, who are in Baltimore this week for a quarterly meeting, spoke out against the Obama administration during the election cycle over what they said were White House violations of religious freedom.

Photo of the Day:


For Roger Seepersad from the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Diwali offers the perfect opportunity to snap some spectacular images. This photo shows actors praying at the end of a re-enactment of the life of the Indian king Lord Ram.

Enlightening Reads:

Religion News Service: Catholic bishops fail to agree on statement on the economy
A divided Catholic hierarchy on Tuesday (Nov. 13) failed to agree on a statement about the economy after a debate that revealed sharp differences over the kind of social justice issues that were once a hallmark of the bishops’ public profile.

Los Angeles Times: Growing ties between Egypt, Turkey may signal new regional order
Egypt and Turkey are forging an alliance that showcases two Islamist leaders maneuvering to reshape a Middle East gripped by political upheaval and passionate battles over how deeply the Koran should penetrate public life. Each country has a distinct vision of political Islam, but Turkey, which straddles Europe and Asia, and Egypt, the traditional heart of the Arab world, complement each other for now. Turkey's strong economy may help rescue Egypt from financial crisis, while Cairo may further Ankara's ambition to rise as a force among Islamic-backed governments.

The Guardian: Bishop's arrest part of broad inquiry into Chichester diocese child abuse
The arrest of Bishop Peter Ball on suspicion of sexual offences against boys and men at addresses in East Sussex and elsewhere is the latest development in a wide-ranging and often contentious series of official inquiries into decades of alleged child protection failures in the diocese of Chichester on England's south coast.

Religion News Service: At OKcupid, being an atheist is a date-maker, not a deal-breaker
In some circles, being an atheist is a strike against you. But at the online site OkCupid, it might just help you get a date. In 2009, the site’s founders analyzed responses from more than 500,000 users and discovered that including the word “atheist” in a first message to another user was more likely to garner a reply than any other religious descriptor except Christian.

Quote of the Day:

Today, here at home and across the globe, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists will celebrate the holiday of Diwali – the festival of lights. Diwali is a time for gathering with family and friends, often marked with good food and dancing. It is also a time for prayer and reflection about those less fortunate. It is a testament to the compassion of these communities that so many of them have helped those that have been devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Many who observe this holiday will light the Diya, or lamp, which symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. As that lamp is lit, we should all recommit ourselves to bring light to any place still facing darkness…

To those celebrating Diwali, I wish you, your families and loved ones Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak.

– Statement by President Obama on the Observance of Diwali

Join the conversation…

CNN: Religious and spiritual leaders on moving past a divisive election
As the nation winds down after a hard-fought and divisive election season, what needs to happen to heal our country? What have we learned? What can we hope for as we move forward? We reached out to religious leaders and spiritual thinkers to get their perspectives. Here are excerpts of what they wrote in response.

- A. Hawkins

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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. K-switch

    What's the difference between praying and ordering food from the Belief Blog Bistro?

    Even though the request is not fulfilled, Belief Blog Bistro atleast responds.

    November 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  2. Akira

    Reading these posts makes me hungry...
    The Doc V Special (with scampi) sounds good...do I have to make a reservation?

    November 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • captain america

      No but you should leave the country. Doc only pretends to be an American. God alone knows why. There's your sign

      November 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm |
    • phister your sister

      God knows nothing god is a dipsh.it if he created fvck sticks like captain.

      November 14, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  3. lunchbreaker

    @ Corner Cafe, got any vegetarian dishes?

    November 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Belief Blog Bistro

      Corner Cafe not satisfying your appetite?

      Try this! Goon Ginger Tomato Chutney (This dish can serve with dosa or idli) $7.99. Trolls get 10% off!

      November 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  4. Corner Cafe

    Doc Vestibule Victuals – This wonderful dish is the most tender fillet cooked Medium-Rare and wrapped with succulent bacon. Served with Potato Soup, vegetable of your choice and Sour Dough bread. $21.99

    November 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Dov Vestibule

      Still too kosher.
      Can it include a side of Shrimp Scampi in a three cheese sauce?

      November 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Corner Cafe

      I will check with the kitchen.

      November 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  5. Doc Vestibule

    The Doc V meal had best include some kind of bacon.

    November 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • Corner Cafe

      Doc V, we can help. What do you like?

      November 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  6. Belief Blog Bistro

    Try the HeavenSent Deep Dish Pizza! I thick layer of anchovies, cheese and tomato sauce. Add $2.00 for delivery.

    November 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  7. myweightinwords

    When you meet someone in real life, do you instantly seek to demonize him/her? Do you call them names because of how they are dressed, or the color of their skin? Do you belittle them for wearing religious jewelry or the lack of religious jewelry or for carrying religious books or not carrying religious books?

    Does responding to a post here with an insult further conversation? Does it decide the battle of words? Does it help you make yourself understood?

    Does kindness belittle you somehow? Do you fear that being kind to someone will make you seem weak or possibly cause someone to think you agree with them when you do not?

    Or, maybe, kindness is a foundation...a place to begin? You might just find that a little kindness sown in your words brings kindness back to you...from unexpected places.

    Be kind, unrelentingly kind, in words and deeds, in thoughts and actions.

    November 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Corner Cafe

      I am not sure about that, but you might like to try the Dock your Dong Special!

      Foot Long Chili Dogs w/Cheese and Onions $5.99. Includes your choice of curly fries or chips, plus Med. Drink. Try our new 42 oz "Guzzler".

      November 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      myweightinwords

      I do so enjoy a lady who knows her wordages! You're a picture of beauty do tell! I though am no spring clucker and have long since tired of wanting physical consolations vying instead to write my weights in written love-centeredness. I am a monotheist who believes God to have had immeasurable numbers of His Sons and Daughters living all, upon the inner frames of all celestial based life-formations from the very beginnings of earth-based life of the celestial kinds.

      Lettuce Love,
      Let Us Love,
      G.O.D.

      November 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • phister your sister

      Did you know the "chilli dog" is a se.xual act where a man defecates on a woman's chest the proceeds to use the feces between her bre.asts as lube to ti.tty fvck her. True story.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  8. Sushi Kanji

    Troll special hand roll $4.99. Rice, Salmon, Avocado and Sea Eel.

    November 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  9. William Demuth

    Should Christ be copyrited?

    Who should own it?

    Does the Vatican have a case for "claiming" ownership of Jesus?

    November 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • sam

      I don't know, but I'd love to watch the court battle.

      November 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      I think Jesus is old enough that it's public domain now.

      November 14, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Belief Blog Bistro

      On your lunch break?

      Try our Tom Tom Tacos! Soft corn tortillas filled with Mahi Mahi, cheese, cabbage, onion and creamy dressing. Add rice and beans and make it a meal. $4.99.

      November 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      W.D. et al,

      What is more concerning should be who owns the patent rights to DNA? Will DNA patents become the leveraged buy out from God, the one who builds one's DNA interfaces of cellularized matters? Where should the real Sons and Daughters of God reside if not from the insides of all celestially enamoured living structures?

      Are not one's bodies but 'buildings" wherein each building ONE God resides? How many buildings called bodies hold many Gods and their families and servants? Is not the God of one's building/body an acting superintendent or landlord? Do we not give to our bodylike buildings all the needed consumables for which God and His brethrens need?

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

      More still, Is not the kingdoms of God inside us?

      Luke 17:21 "The kingdom of God is inside you."

      Until you see the literal-ness of Gods being our bodyicalled building's landlords, you have not reasoned with clearness of mind the Truths of Godliness.

      Can it be said and also inferred that all of Life here upon these celestial shorelines of life-forms resonate from a single celled life-form all the ways to massive cellularized life formations? Is it 'not' written within the Gospels that mankind is but buildings that are husbanded by the Godly? Do we not labour together with God in our tasks?

      Nothing is a Foreverness and Matter, in its' infinitesimally established finiteness, is a materialized foreverness unobtainable by us, human-like megaliths called mankind. We are all giants too huge and too vast for us to ever re-enter in wholeness back into the Kingdoms of God which are inside or within our bodies. So many damningly dumb buildings of evolution's ascension into the spatial voids of outward motions sanctioned by the Godly! Too little are our intellectual abaters

      Ergo. does this mean dumbness is genetical or is it societal hierarchies being the dumbness from which socialisms are currently adorned and auspisciously bequeathed? Where then lays the line of demarcations between dumb, dumber and dumbest or smart, smarter and smartest? Who is the rule-maker of such fundaments? The people have spoken and thusly they do make societal boundaries no matter what is delegated precipitously and the fragililities of one member does not matter in social circulars bantering against singularisms aplenty.

      Love Lettuce,
      Love, Let Us,
      G.O.D.

      November 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • lionlylamb

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      November 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Christ ©

      I already am.

      November 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  10. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    November 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayerbot.

      November 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • HeavenSense

      Belief Blog Bistro

      Hey, you gotta troll but you gotta eat too!

      Try our new Prayer-Bot Burrito! It is packed full of rice, beans and cheese. Your choice of chicken, carne asada, or carnitas. $7.99. (Wet add $2.00)

      November 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
      "Salvatore" degenerates to:
      "Douglas" degenerates to:
      "truth be told" degenerates to:
      "Thinker23" degenerates to:
      "Atheism is not healthy ..." degenerates to:
      "another repentant sinner" degenerates to:
      "Dodney Rangerfield" degenerates to:
      "tina" degenerates to:
      "captain america" degenerates to:
      "Atheist Hunter" degenerates to:
      "Anybody know how to read? " degenerates to:
      "just sayin" degenerates to:
      "ImLook'nUp" degenerates to:
      "Kindness" degenerates to:
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      "2357" degenerates to:
      "WOW" degenerates to:
      "fred" degenerates to:
      "!" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" is the degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian. ,

      November 14, 2012 at 2:01 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.

      November 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  11. lionlylamb

    Flyby posted on November 14, 2012 at 9:47 am, declaring, "We do not need to prove what has already been proven. There are no gods and nothing that is supernatural or magic that exists at all anywhere. We already HAVE proof of there being nothing supernatural or magic and we already HAVE proof that there are no gods whatsoever. But you can't get brainwashed people to face any truths or facts that clearly contradict the lies they have been indoctrinated to believe. This is why brainwashing should be a felony."

    Well God be damned! Your "proof" is just what, wherein your having to lay weights upon? I cannot nor dare not put your 'cyanidical' gesturings being more or less than a pleasing of your faithfulness regarding ungodliness and godlessness. We are goodly people for the most bits of our pieced together tidal quandaries of thought filled fragmentations. Who are we to engage in the goodliness of wanting there to be a God above all things we feel as being goodly? Where therefore does one 'pragmatilize' those who hold their Faith rebuking those who have none? Where does Life End and living dare begin?

    Lettuce Love
    Let Us Love,
    G.O.D.

    November 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
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