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November 15th, 2012
06:46 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, November 15

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: Harlem churches attract European tourists to worship
On any given Sunday in Harlem, visitors might be surprised to see who is attending black churches. Tourists are lining up to worship in Harlem, where black churches are becoming big, inspirational attractions for white European travelers. It's a growing trend, and a cultural experience that's uniquely American. CNN's Jason Carroll reports.

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Photo credit: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Protestors stand outside of the Irish Parliament building, holding pictures of Savita Halappanavar. The Irish Times reports Halappanavar was told “this is a Catholic country” when staff at University Hospital Galway denied her a pregnancy termination as she miscarried. Halappanavar died after the three-day miscarriage. Doctors refused to grant her an abortion because the fetus still had a heartbeat.

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Enlightening Reads:

The Guardian: Humanists attempt to halt 'back-door' spread of state-funded religious schools
A potentially landmark high court case begins today, which could halt what campaigners call the "back-door" spread of new state religious schools through England, approved by councils without residents being given a choice of alternative.

JTA: Six women detained for wearing prayer shawls at Western Wall
Six women were detained by Jerusalem police for wearing prayer shawls as more than 100 women gathered for the monthly Women of the Wall service at the Western Wall. Western Wall regulations dictate that women cannot wear talitot, or prayer shawls, as it contravenes the “local custom” as determined by the Wall’s chief rabbi. In 2003, Israel's Supreme Court upheld a government ban on women wearing tefillin or talitot, or reading from a Torah scroll at the Western Wall.

Huffington Post: Murgan Salem al-Gohary, Egyptian Jihadist, Wants Pyramids And Sphinx Destroyed
Murgan Salem al-Gohary, an Egyptian jihadist who claims he has links to the Taliban, has called for the “destruction of the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids in Egypt." Al-Gohary, an Islamist leader and jihadist sentenced twice under President Hosni Mubarak for advocating violence, urged Muslims to "destroy the idols" in Egypt - specifically the Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx - during a television interview on Saturday on Egypt's Dream TV, according to Al Arabiya News.

Religion News Service: Pope Benedict XVI faces uphill challenge in trying to resurrect Latin
Reviving a long-dead language might sound like a tall order for a church that's already weakened by widespread secularization and the fallout from decades of a painful child abuse scandal. But Pope Benedict XVI seems convinced that revitalizing the study and use of Latin among priests and seminarians is a necessary step for the church's future.

New York Times: Making Music With a Moral
Ralph Vaughan Williams is said to have carried a copy of “The Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan with him when he served in World War I. Before that, he conceived the idea of making an opera out of this 17th-century Christian allegory about a man’s journey from the “City of Destruction,” to the “Celestial City,” and decades later he brought the idea to fruition for a 1951 premiere at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, when he was nearly 80.

Quote of the Day:

“Many people today have a limited concept of what the Christian faith is because they identify it with a mere system of beliefs and values and not with the truth of a God revealing himself in history, eager to communicate with humanity one-on-one in a relationship of love.”

Pope Benedict XVI during his weekly general audience on Nov. 14.

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan sounded a nuanced tone on politics at a bishops meeting.

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.

- A. Hawkins

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soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. COME TO HEAVENLY MOTHER

    GOD THE MOTHER IS IN SOUTH KOREA!

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESjVYMlQ5Cc&w=640&h=390]

    November 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  2. Akira

    What is up with Murgan Salem al-Gohary, who wants to destroy the Pyramids and the Sphinx? B S crazy? Leave them alone, fool. They were there before that religion was even concieved...

    November 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  3. lionlylamb

    Waivering amid the social waters of servile tenaciousness leaves one and many with an abundant measuring of abnormalized emotional isms. The rising above the based rooted philanderers is for commonality's betterments' sake. I am, therefore you be and likewise all are even though we meaningfully tender to the analogous fields aplenty. Life does end wherein the living will always begin and willingly linger without the comparative relations set forth for all to waylay their erroneous deniabilities thru confrontationalistic metaphors. I am therewith one is while you are the maybe upon which some do stand.

    Wherefor art thou when the mitigants tenure from one variant to be towards the other variation? Is life really to be found out as being but a dreamt conditioniing therefore raising the unconditioned lackluster of neanderthalled meanials upon subsets' rationalisms? Where are the allotments to be kindled in the aspirations of supping? Can someone be this anyone from which all can raise to oneness their claimings? Where are people when they try to deny the opportunistic relevance in the servitude fields? Is Life the abundant ending giving rises toward the treasured living? Who really knows what?

    May the Lord of Hosts, the Redeemer of the lost find an issue to be reckoned with when the dustiness does settle upon the lands. Raise one's wineglass in retribution for the Heavenly Hosts that beguiles one and all in subversion tactiles of unmentionable clemencies never to be denied as falsehooded factions upon the masses of waivering mobs.

    Abstractions tend to detract from the commoners' euphoricisms of the superlatives bequeathed within the ruthless undulations nomenclatured from popularized deniers of said God idols wherein the tactile natural ism is denutured and placidly placed upon rudimentary placards. We all are God's buildings, the structures of plausible acclimations meant to harbor all God's Sons and Daughters in laments to gain in the accrual.

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

    November 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • Hide Behind

      Be quiet. You babble nonsense.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Hide Behind,

      My 'babble' is the bubble from which I do vent and venture forth ever to see Life's minglings. It is a far better thing I do write than what many others find as incoherencies due in part their own lack-lustered undulations within their own owned quagmires of non-superlative decencies. God, in the Beginning was and now yet still is and upon the foreverness wll always be the Oneness.

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

      November 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • lionlylamb

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      November 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  4. Topher

    Good morning, everyone!

    November 15, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Ready to save some souls T?

      November 15, 2012 at 11:56 am |
    • Topher

      Ready and willing! :)

      How are you, Apple?

      November 15, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Walking on the other side of the street as usual.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • Topher

      C'mon over to this side. It's sunnier.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Topher, that is why they give crazy people happy pills.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      Looking forward to seeing Topher getting thumped again. Still waiting for his definitive proof for any god. . .

      November 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • hah

      Yeah, go get closer so he can rape you. Riiiite.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • Topher

      Why is that, Apple?

      Are you going to be on for awhile? Gonna run and grab a quick bite with my wife. Be back in about an hour.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      T, people take happy pills to escape reality. Exactly like religion.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Topher

      I'm back.

      Do you know WHY I hope you and the others here get saved?

      November 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      @Topher

      Yes I do.

      November 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @Topher

      If you really wanted to save people, then here are a few steps to take.
      1) Give your definition of god, and characteristics
      2) Prove your god exists (as has been asked of you many many times now)
      3) Give a reason (other than fear based mafia style reasons) for your god to be worthy of worship. Here's a hint for this part, if the reason is "Because he's so holy", but he'll send you to eternal torture for not believing regardless of actions is a mafia style reason.

      November 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  5. lionlylamb

    Welcome One & All to the Rocky Mount Retreat!

    Today's specials are, Cow Tongue coming in at $2.oo a lb while Pickled Pig's Feet is just $3.oo a foot and now for the special of the day, Rocky Mountain Oysters raisning the bar at $4.oo a ball. Pig knuckles are free with orders of $15.oo or more! Come One Come All and enjoy the Cow Tongues raising the bars at only $1.50 a lb. Our pigs are free roamers!

    November 15, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • Apple Bush

      I prefer the Tri-Tip at the BBB.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  6. SImran

    Pope – "Many people today have a limited concept of what the Christian faith is because they identify it with a mere system of beliefs and values and not with the truth of a God revealing himself in history, eager to communicate with humanity one-on-one in a relationship of love"

    Yeah, the Christian God revealed himself to Savita Halappanavar at the Irish Hospital!

    A God eager to communicate one-to-one – gosh! Can't someone just put this Pope under restraint. He and his likes are a threat to the human race.

    November 15, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  7. Apple Bush

    God is an abstract representing something behind the veil of the Big Bang. It has nothing at all to do with worship or human intervention. It is, thus far in our evolution, unknowable.

    To "prove" or not to "prove" is irrelevent, as first one would need to have a "God" hypothesis.

    November 15, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • lionlylamb

      Abstractions tend to detract from the commoners' euphoricisms of the superlatives bequeathed within the ruthless undulations nomenclatured from popularized deniers of said God idols wherein the tactile natural ism is denutured and placidly placed upon rudimentary placards. We all are God's buildings, the structures of plausible acclimations meant to harbor all God's Sons and Daughters in laments to gain in the accrual.

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

      Eat of me my weighty word,
      G.O.D.
      The one and only,
      The originator.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Apple Bush

      @lionlylamb

      You are so full of shit, lol. Good morning.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • JellyBean@Apple Bush

      LOL! I know, right? His posts are so consistently rambling and ludicrous that I think he really believes that baloney.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  8. Bob

    F#$k God!

    November 15, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • K-switch

      A blow up doll would be easier, they are fake, but do exist.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  9. Sushi Kanji

    We not open yet.

    November 15, 2012 at 11:16 am |
  10. Corner Cafe

    Tallulah13 Tuna Fish Sandwich. Tuna on rye with brown mustard and our signature spread. Served with a crisp dill pickle and chips. (Toasted on request) $9.99

    November 15, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • Akira

      10 bucks for a tuna sammy? What's IN that signature spread, anyway?

      November 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Corner Cafe

      This is a Deli Treat that Can't Be Beat! Our tuna is 100% dolphin free and our tuna salad is a chunky combonation of tuna, relish, brown mustard, eggs and fresh ground pepper. We bake our bread on the premesis every morning. To top it off, this delicious sandwich is served with a giant Kosher Gerken and our chips are fresh and fried in our kitchen. Our secret sauce? Well, it wouldn't be a secret if we told you...;)

      November 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
  11. Belief Blog Bistro

    ½ lb. Tri-Tip (bottom sirloin), grilled medium rare, sliced thin after marinating in its own juices and our succulent marinade. Served with spicy pinto beans, flour tortillas and homemade salsa. You WILL become addicted! $12.99

    Order ahead for lunch!

    November 15, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  12. Corner Cafe

    The Doc V Bacon Bacon!

    Bacon covered in bacon with bacon inside of bacon.

    Bacon! Bacon!
    Where's the Bacon?
    I smell Bacon!
    Bacon, Bacon, gotta be Bacon...
    Only one thing smells like Bacon and that's Bacon!
    Bacon Bacon Bacon Bacon Bacon
    Chewy
    Yummy
    Bacon!!!

    Free if you don't die first! Enjoy!

    November 15, 2012 at 11:05 am |
    • Phil

      Better do it soon the price of pork is suppose to rise.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:09 am |
  13. Joseph

    This is the day that The Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • lionlylamb

      All hail Mithra!

      November 15, 2012 at 10:58 am |
    • Belief Blog Bistro

      A good breakfast will make you feel great! All Belief Blog Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches $3.99 and includes tea, coffee or juice.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Corner Cafe

      Blah Blah Breakfast Burrito $2.99 all day. Bottomless coffee!

      November 15, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • amen

      O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so….

      November 15, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • lionlylamb

      Yes, Mithra is the light and the way. All hail Mithra! He died and rose again for your sins!

      November 15, 2012 at 11:04 am |
    • tallulah13

      There is little difference between Joseph's statement and the praise ancient Egyptians gave to their sun god, Ra. The only difference is that the Egyptians did not have the scientific knowledge to understand that gods have nothing to do with the motions of the sun, the stars and the planets. Joseph has access to that knowledge, but prefers to give credit to the myth of his choice, anyway.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:06 am |
    • Joseph

      The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:43 am |
    • lionlylamb

      May the Lord of Hosts, the Redeemer of the lost find an issue to be reckoned with when the dustiness does settle upon the lands. Raise one's wineglass in retribution for the Heavenly Hosts that beguiles one and all in subversion tactiles of unmentionable clemencies never to be denied as falsehooded factions upon the masses of waivering mobs.

      Eat the Lord's Words,
      Love Lettuce.
      Love Let Us,
      G.O.D.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  14. lionlylamb

    Waivering amid the social waters of servile tenaciousness leaves one and many with an abundant measuring of abnormalized emotional isms. The rising above the based rooted philanderers is for commonality's betterments' sake. I am, therefore you be and likewise all are even though we meaningfully tender to the analogous fields aplenty. Life does end wherein the living will always begin and willingly linger without the comparative relations set forth for all to waylay their erroneous deniabilities thru confrontationalistic metaphors. I am therewith one is while you are the maybe upon which some do stand.

    Love not,
    Love knot,
    G.O.D.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • lionlylamb

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      November 15, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  15. tallulah13

    I wonder why they hid the story about the woman dying in Ireland for the sake of someone elses' religion inside the speed read instead of giving it it's own headline?

    And while I do try not to judge by appearances, I have to say that the pope just creeps me out.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • SImran

      Exactly my point tallulah.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  16. SImran

    An Indian women in Ireland died because the doctors there refused to conduct a medically-indicated abortion even though it was clear that the fetus would not survive anyway. And guess what, the woman wasn't even a Catholic!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232676/Savita-Halappanavar-dies-Irish-doctors-refuse-abortion-saying-This-Catholic-country.html

    November 15, 2012 at 9:27 am |
  17. Doc Vestibule

    The UN has decreed contraception "an essential human right".
    "Government, civil society, health providors and communities have the responsibility to protect the right to family planning for women across the spectrum, including those who are young or unmarried."
    It further decreed that women who use contraception are "generally healthier, better educated, more empowered in their households and communities and more economically productive."
    Furthermore, the UN report predicts that giving access to contraception would prevent the premature death of three million babies.
    Suck it, Vatican.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:34 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      FYI: Cap'n Sayin' Nope Atheism Isn't an Angry Prevert Regonzo Rangerfield:
      The UN is an international body, speaking to the entire planet.
      Keep your xenophobic rants to yourself.

      November 15, 2012 at 8:35 am |
    • captain murica

      Don't need your stinking UN. It's a blight on New York City, itself a blight on Murica.

      North American energy independence = grab Canada

      there's your sign

      November 15, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      CA: As always you make no sense. Is New York now the governing body of the World?

      November 15, 2012 at 8:57 am |
    • HeavenSense

      Anyone who says "there's your sign" is a douche.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  18. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    “Many people today have a limited concept of what the Christian faith is because they identify it with a mere system of beliefs and values and not with the truth of a God revealing himself in history, eager to communicate with humanity one-on-one in a relationship of love.”

    As children of a special-needs God who is unable to communicate, unable to reveal his thoughts except through the thrashings of history, we need to go the extra distance and reach out to it with love and compassion, restrain it and keep it from hurting itself and others.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:32 am |
    • noodles doodles and toodles

      As the Christian theologian-turned-atheist said :
      "The god who is with us, is the god who forsakes us". (p. 360 Letters and Papers from Prison ). "Etsi deus non daretur", (we must live as if god did not exist).

      November 15, 2012 at 9:13 am |
    • lionlylamb

      Wherefor art thou when the mitigants tenure from one variant to be towards the other variation? Is life really to be found out as being but a dreamt conditioniing therefore raising the unconditioned lackluster of neanderthalled meanials upon subsets' rationalisms? Where are the allotments to be kindled in the aspirations of supping? Can someone be this anyone from which all can raise to oneness their claimings? Where are people when they try to deny the opportunistic relevance in the servitude fields? Is Life the abundant ending giving rises toward the treasured living? Who really knows what?

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

      November 15, 2012 at 11:09 am |
    • lionlylamb

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      November 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  19. Doc Vestibule

    PRAYER REALLY CHANGED THINGS FOR LASHAUN HARRIS
    God answered Mrs. Harris' fervent prayers by letting her know that He was in the mood for human sacrifice.
    To please her deity, Lashaun tossed her three children, all under the age of 7, into the San Francisco Bay.

    November 15, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • captain america

      The above poster is a poser. A pretend American who has no connection with San Francisco as it does not live in this country. It's opinion must not be valued in its own country and is much less trying to impress US, we have no use for it. There's your sign

      November 15, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • midwest rail

      Always a good day when we get to be entertained by the inane and delusional ramblings of hitchens/perv/cap'n

      November 15, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Delusional rantings of CA...the day would not be complete without them. To clarify, not one of us Canadian's have EVER claimed to be from the USA.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • Jesus freaker

      CA why don't you change things by praying for intelligence.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Phil

      Jesus Freaker, prayer doesn't work so there is no hope of them becoming intelligent.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    November 15, 2012 at 7:26 am |
    • JellyBean

      A job changes things. Get one and stop posting this nonsense.

      November 15, 2012 at 7:53 am |
    • nope

      @je...
      nope

      November 15, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • Snopes concurs that...

      Nope is on dope

      November 15, 2012 at 9:01 am |
    • 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:
      "Chad" degenerates to
      "Bob" degenerates to
      "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.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:58 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.

      November 15, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • HeavenSense

      Hi Prayerbot.

      November 15, 2012 at 11:03 am |
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