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November 16th, 2012
05:50 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Friday, November 16

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: Religiously unaffiliated, minority Christians propelled Obama’s victory
President Barack Obama’s victory relied largely on two dramatically different religious coalitions – minority Christians and those with no religion – according to a survey released Thursday. One-in-four Obama voters were religiously unaffiliated, the second-largest “religious” demographic in the president’s coalition, according to the study (PDF). Minority Christians – consisting of black, Asian, Hispanic and mixed-race Americans – made up 31% of Obama’s coalition, the largest religious group.

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People walked in the parade of Heirlooms during the rituals night carnival to celebrate the Islamic New Year in Solo City, Central Java, Indonesia on November 15, 2012. This year marks the 1434th Islamic New Year.

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Huffington Post: Lennon Cihak, Minnesota Teen, Denied Confirmation For Supporting Gay Marriage On Facebook
One Catholic teen's Facebook post reportedly cost him his confirmation last month after a picture of him holding a sign urging people to vote for "equal marriage rights" was spotted by his priest at a Minnesota church.

Religion News Service: Catholic bishops warn Congress not to throw poor off ‘fiscal cliff’
As Congress embarks on high-stakes budget negotiations to avoid the “fiscal cliff,” leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are warning elected officials not to target programs for the poor and instead raise taxes and reduce defense spending.

Chicago Tribune: Ads on CTA buses enrage Jewish group, others
The controversial ads unveiled on the back of 10 CTA buses Wednesday read, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man." They conclude with the words, "Support Copts. Defeat Jihad," referring to friction between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Egypt. Within hours of the buses' first runs, messages appeared on Facebook and Twitter denouncing the campaign. Many said that degrading a spiritual tenet of Islam — one that refers to a Muslim's personal quest to become a better person — amounts to hate speech.

Religion News Service: Customer sues Muslim barber for refusing to cut her hair
In case of competing rights, a Toronto woman has lodged a complaint against a barber who refused to cut her hair because he's Muslim. In June, Faith McGregor requested a man's haircut at the Terminal Barber Shop in downtown Toronto. Co-owner Omar Mahrouk told her that his Muslim faith prohibits him from touching a woman who is not a member of his family. All the other barbers in the shop said the same thing."For me it was just a haircut and started out about me being a woman," McGregor, 35, told the Toronto Star. "Now we're talking about religion versus gender versus human rights and businesses in Ontario."

The Hindu: Salute the sculptor
Recognition has come for temple architects, from Hawaii. Hinduism Today, run by the Saiva Siddhantha Church of Kauai Adeenam, founded by Sri Sivaya Subramuniya Swami, has conferred the Hindu of the Year Award collectively on the creators of divine edifices. “It is a proud moment for the entire Viswakarma community,” exults Selvanathan Sthapati, nephew of the illustrious Ganapati Sthapati, himself a descendant of Perunthachan to whom Raja Raja Chola entrusted the construction of the Big Temple.

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CNN: 5 things we learned from Franklin Graham
The Rev. Franklin Graham spends most of his time running an international aid group called Samaritan’s Purse. But he usually makes headlines for his political pronouncements. Over the past year, Graham has attracted attention for his role placing newspaper ads in which his dad, the iconic Rev. Billy Graham, encouraged voters to support conservative values in the lead-up to Election Day. The younger Graham stopped by CNN’s Washington bureau this week en route to New York, where he was checking in on Samaritan Purse’s Superstorm Sandy relief and promoting a Christmas campaign collecting gifts for poor children. 5 things we learned from his visit.

- A. Hawkins

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  1. Reality

    We see Eboo " The Muslim" Patel has made another appearance. This time on Facebook.

    Bur is Patel working for a better world?

    See some added information below:

    Eboo Patel pays himself well ($120,000/yr) from his Interfaith Youth Core "non-profit" group's receipts (donations etc.) which, based on the group's IRS Form 990, appears to be more of a stock holding company ($2,335,960 portfolio in 2008- guidestar.org) for Mr. Patel than it is a non-profit. Non-profits do not pay taxes on dividends, interest or capital gains.

    Did Eboo Patel's Interfaith Youth Core work for Obama's election campaign as we see Eboo is not only on the recent Chicago Council of Global Affairs' task force but also on Obama's Faith advisory council?

    Did a Faith Initiative grant from the State Department help defray the cost of CCOGA's report and Mr. Patel's task force pay?

    November 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  2. Jenny Flecked

    Did you see what jesus wrote to the blind girl?

    Neither did he.

    November 17, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Ken Drive

      I think you spangled the lunch line.

      November 17, 2012 at 12:43 am |
    • Athy

      Girl – he?

      November 17, 2012 at 1:56 am |
  3. Jenny Flecked

    Did you hear what jesus said to the deaf guy?

    Neither did she.

    November 17, 2012 at 12:38 am |
  4. eHarmony

    Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things and Evangelical are deeply committed to each other. Let us find someone for you.

    November 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  5. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things.

    November 16, 2012 at 6:36 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 (IEE), 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...

      November 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • TrollAlert

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      "pervert alert" is the degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian. .

      November 17, 2012 at 8:12 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 17, 2012 at 8:16 am |
  6. niknak

    Hey all,
    As I have been posting, it is just another beautiful day without god(s).
    That pumpkin pie turned out fantastic.

    November 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  7. " "

    Atheist: Religion is stupid.

    Theist: Atheism is also a religion.

    Atheist: So BOTH of us are stupid?

    November 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

      hindu, filthy atheism is self center ism or be called secularism along with Judaism, means nothing but denial of truth absolute GOD, foundation of America, other wise also known as pig ism, way of hindu's deniers of truth absolute GOD, don's of hindu Lucifer, filthy secular to present their hinduism, criminality as some thing of civil nature. Visit limitisthetruth.com to learn hinduism racism foundation of hindu atheism, criminal secular ism.

      November 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • YOUR NEW HINDU DAD

      HEY

      DID IMMIGRATION COME TO SEE YOU YET? THEY SAID THEY COULD TRACK YOU BY YOUR IP AND WOULD BE VISITING SHORTLY

      November 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • BE A SALAHFI TO BE TRUE AMERICAN, DUMP HINDU ATHEISM, WAY OF hINDU, filthy ANIMALS.

      worry about your self hindu, ignorant, not me, a hindu denier of truth absolute GOD, foundation of America, deserves not to be free but in hind, Jail or deported to his hindu, filthy home land, hind filth of hinduism, illegality called india.

      November 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
    • Veritas

      Atheism is not a religion, so your "logic" fails miserably.

      November 16, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry " ", but your assertions are not only unfounded, but more stupid than most. Using my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE), the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent truths is: "TOTAL FAIL".

      November 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  8. hippypoet

    Absurdity is the mindset of the believers mind. They produce absurd
    "evidence" to back up their absurd beliefs and then ask you absurd questions in
    order to show superiority to you for not believing as they do since they believe
    you could never answer those questions without the requirement of a god type
    figure. Its a p!ss poor stance to take but many do because they lack the ability
    to discern fact from fiction. Its arrogant and absurd!

    Quote from –
    The Hippy Poet.
    And thats a factual statement!

    November 16, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Corner Cafe

      Hippy Poet Hashbrowns

      Our hashbrowns are seasoned to perfection and mixed with zesty onions. Got the munchies? Try these tempting spuds with bacon or sausage and 2 eggs, any style. $7.99

      Pass the dutchie on the left hand side!

      Hurry! we stop serving breakfast in 35 minutes.

      November 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • hippypoet

      seriously, thats not cool... my favorite meal of the day is breakfast – no need to have it when you wake either – its good all day long everyday! so please, stop. your making me very very hungry and i have no money to go and have breadkfast and so would have to make it myself – not an option at the moment...

      so you can at least maybe understand my pain – imagine your favorite meal laid out infront of you yet you are not allowed to eat it...see, cruel isn't it?

      lol.

      November 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      "Only the absurd one could plan such absurdness and lay claim regarding absurdity's abundancies. Every futz has a face and many klutzes dare to keep pace!" God's Oldest Dreamer (An old fuddy duddy)

      November 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
    • Corner Cafe

      HP, that one was JUST for you my friend and it is on the house. CS

      November 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  9. lionlylamb

    My Words Upon Truth's Doors

    Mathew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God

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

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

    Godless and the ungodly, for these are the choices from which commonwealth atheists do make felt upon their habitual senses denying the goodly of Godly intent. Many young-bucks of godlessness and the ungodly tender to avail themselves with the nailed doldrums' sciatica and do abound with much societal unpleasantries toward the abaters of wanton deniabilities against them, those ungodly and godless beings of smirked vials of randomized intention-abilities. Their deniabilities are not without compromising or so they do entail and also do weave upon the where-with-alls laments.

    The mockeries of these godless and ungodly against the goodly who do themselves believe upon Godly importance may well live on past all and onto every garden's Aged endings. How else could Life Truly End and Real Living thusly Begin? To believe or not believe for these are Life's choices. Still yet are found mercies, for the mercifilled are one of Life's greatest treasures and livings' sweetest unending rewards.

    What was first made can never again become that which was made first for only in varying differential constructs can another thing be made to be outdone against that which was firstly made. The pillars of one's DNA, the spirals of all celestial life forms and formations is where God's Sons and their given wives are taken in as residents there abouts.

    The Kingdoms of God lay where the inner structures of celestial Life do share in the abundancies of Living Fractals in Cosmological Paradigms. As mankinds' hunting for the Codifying of Life's laws in Cellularized Confinements continues onwards, many will ever become non-complacent in our societal grandeurs for wanting sakes trying never to be outdone by those who tend to be in simplifications' adjuring. May we be merciful upon those who deservidely aspire to be merciful toward others.

    A scattering is upon us in these trying days and Age. Leave your wantings behind and never take wind of one's longings for the weightiness of one's longings will smite even the most influential. Carry away nothing and leave. Head to the places inside one's being and do not keep ajar your door for many will want to enter in and should not. Your loving this Life is for the world to have needs of and you should not heed the rumors from others as to just what is truly right. It is therefore best for mankind to simmer in their yet unfinished juvenile pottages never rationalizingly 'assaying' one's diffuse detriments, the very smallest of life's grains. As smitten breeds, our splendors reveal one's characters to be traitorous to one's analogous fold. Where then does True Life end and Real Living begin?

    Who before this day's Age is found worthy of Goodly praises? Who after us will find peace set before them? Who in today;s timeline is this "son of man" that many should fear him for his worthiness stance? Who above can see the below? Who that is below can see what be above? From the very smallest crevice to the most high chasms, the Sea of Nothingness is the Holy Spirit. May the elemental Gods find favor in this found son of man that he may not be afflicted with this world's power but rather he should carry upon him the angst from his manhood till his natural death.

    What I spiritually believe in is that the Families of God including God Himself lives upon the very first created Cosmos which is the inner Cosmos. Our being but upon this celestial cosmos is due our being cast out of the Inner Cosmos for many reasons. Some were cast out of this Inner Cosmos for faultering and some for continuing to do the Lord's Will here upon this celestial realm of gigantic life forms whereupon their insides are living many families of God's members. We live upon this realm doing what we want while many of us unify ourselves in the communal. My way is not your way and yet when we cross paths we receive each other and after a spell do walk on and are parted.Therefore, walk placidly amid the noise and waste ever being mindful of the peace one finds in finding peace there about.

    Is God to be made a mockery by those who tend to instill anti-leveraged pragmatisms? Are we to believe in the godless and the ungodly who care little about the piecemeal subjectives' ordinates?

    Jesus, was the very first of many immeasurable 'elemental beings' and was in the Beginning an elemental king of all the elemental Gods. Jesus, in His cunning, did thru Chaos' manueverings, established the gravimetrical waves for the elementals to gather in broods thusly was formed the beginnings of celestial nebulas.

    As time did force the nebulas to progressively surround the gravimetric oscillations where from did come about galactic formations of the elementals' soundness. As systems of photonic elementals, the infinitesimal finite elemental Gods did shower the solarized systems with their embodied beings. And in the Now, we are but made from the photonic elementals' stillnesses, the stardusts of the Ages.

    My "Physicist" knows very well the quantum physicalities of natured atomic stimulations. I call this "Physicist" God. He has strewn His Sea of Nothingness with 'photogenitisms' or the stillness of the photons creating all manner of the first materials needed to become thru timeliness all the elementals' members of our declared Periodic Table of Materialized Photogenitis.

    Sciences are but the dreams dreamt and are atheists' treasure troves of good books they hardly ever do read, for many atheists aren't too bright yet they stand by these scientists without one iota of deniability to question science books that even the commoner seldom reads nor truly understands. Who among us knows about the 'Self-Similar Cosmological Paradigm'? Who among us truly understands that energy equals mass times light squared and its' true potential? What is the point in adoring scientific reasoning when one's IQ level can be counted on ten fingers?

    What I believe is; "The Cosmos is immeasurably full of ever unkowable to us universes." The 'analogous' variabilities of moving universes is so slow in their plights that trillions upon trillions times triliions of our years will pass by before any other universe will gain entrances onto any other universe. As our Ages of tenureships figuratively coalesce in the extemities ponderances, the forlorn and the 'un-abled' will ever need others to carry them along and alongside the tapestries of Life and its garnered adaptabilities. Love therefore and do never 'not' love for one would be wasting away their love for living and the need for loving is tantamount and above reproach.

    I feel a compelling want to tell you about some verses in Gospel scripture. Is it not written to above all things to seek firstly the "Kingdom of God". This said, have you ascribed to doing so? Where does one look to or towards in order to find that which we are told to seek as scripture does declare one to do?

    Mathew 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God."

    I've searched the Gospel writings and have found a single verse telling all who have found it as to the true and literal location of God's Kingdomly Domains!

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

    I take Luke 17:21 quite literally and so should all who believe in One God and His One Son of perhaps oodles upon oodles of otherly Sons and Daughters too numerous to really expound upon! Christ is special because he was born to take upon his being the sins of those who were and then were also and of times yet to come! God's Kingdoms being inside us and within our ownliness bodies can also be associated with another verse of scripture ,,,,

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

    The just above verse does tell much more than just glimpsing over it could proclude! Our being labourers with God may well seem to give us all an equal footing with God and his aspirations for our betterment's sakes! His being our husbandry may well regard God as having a firm footing in our conceptions of childbirthing beyond mere genetic understandings!

    But in the aboveness verse, the very understanding that we or our bodies are God's buildings may well inspire one to disavow such a claim due one's foresightedness sakes and lacking of rationalisms' of credible resources. Yet, as I see things, we, our bodies are not only God established and God created buildings for the benefits of the Godly who reside inside of us, but are for our benefits for learning and understanding the precepts of "Fractal Cosmologies"!

    We have seen that which our bodies are made up of and they are of cellularized structures not "unlike" nebula structures in outer space places! These celestial nebula structures are yet a work-in-progress and our body-like buildings are a progress in the works!

    These words are revelations of my Faith as to my Godly understandings regarding the Kingdom Domains of God, his Sons and his Daughters-in-law and all forms and mannerisms of Life-ever-lasting principles and principalities of ever living progressives!

    Written by God's Oldest Dreamer

    November 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I just finished reading this post. Not.

      November 16, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
    • Akira

      AB: lol.
      Scroooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllll!

      November 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  10. lionlylamb

    What I believe is; "The Cosmos is immeasurably full of ever unkowable to us universes." The 'analogous' variabilities of moving universes is so slow in their plights that trillions upon trillions times triliions of our years will pass by before any other universe will gain entrances onto any other universe. As our Ages of tenureships figuratively coalesce in the extemities ponderances, the forlorn and the 'un-abled' will ever need others to carry them along and alongside the tapestries of Life and its garnered adaptabilities. Love therefore and do never 'not' love for one would be wasting away their love for living and the need for loving is tantamount and above reproach.

    November 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
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      November 16, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  11. Sushi Kanji

    We not open yet. You come back.

    November 16, 2012 at 11:53 am |
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