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November 22nd, 2012
06:29 AM ET

Belief Blog's Morning Speed Read for Thursday, November 22

By Laura Koran, 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: How American Jews view Israel’s latest Gaza assault
The code red siren blaring in Israel Tuesday, hit close to home for Rabbi Adam Starr. His wife and daughter were visiting the Jewish state Tuesday, where Israelis have been darting for cover from daily Hamas rocket fire. Starr breathed easy after he got off the phone with his wife.

CNN: Franklin Graham’s Thanksgiving message: Pray for Obama
With the world facing “perilous times” and “anxiety stemming from economic challenges,” evangelical leader Franklin Graham is asking congregations to pray for President Barack Obama, even though Graham endorsed the president’s opponent in the 2012 election.

Paris Hilton, photographed here at a party at her private residence in Los Angeles last December, tweeted about the opening of her store in Mecca in November.

CNN: Paris Hilton whips up a storm in holy Mecca
As an American socialite and hotel heiress, Paris Hilton has built up a global brand on her sexy image – and sometimes very few clothes. But many believe she has gone a step too far in opening a store selling luxury items in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

CNN: Weeks after Sandy, churches continue to help lead relief effort
Pastor Connie Hulla heads down the street toward the setting sun, her cowboy boots clicking against the sidewalk. “Don’t worry, we have plenty of food inside,” she calls out over the rumble of a commercial generator to a line of residents snaking around her Coney Island Gospel Assembly church. “Sorry for the wait. We had to restock.”

Enlightening Reads:

Religion News Service: On Thanksgiving, Jews and Muslims volunteer together despite Middle East violence
It’s an idea that feels particularly poignant this Thanksgiving: American Jews and Muslims banding together to help the homeless and other needy people. The interfaith collaboration has been going on for five years, but the recent exchange of rockets between Gaza and Israel is weighing especially hard on both communities this week. That's why a joint session of sandwich making or a group visit to a nursing home has taken on added significance.

ABC News: Jailed Polygamist Leader Warren Jeffs Issues Hundreds of Orders From Prison
Six years after Warren Jeffs was first arrested and later sentenced to life in prison for sexually assaulting children, it's almost as though the fundamentalist leader, whom the faithful call their "prophet," never left Colorado City.

KOAT: School asks students to hide rosaries, crosses
Target 7 has learned that Catholic students at one Albuquerque high school are being asked to conceal their rosary beads or risk having them taken. Students told Target 7 that displaying any type of crosses or rosaries is a dress code violation at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School. The school district said it is part of an effort to fight off gang activity.

Belief on TV:

Excerpt of the Day:

On Thanksgiving Day, individuals from all walks of life come together to celebrate this most American tradition, grateful for the blessings of family, community, and country. Let us spend this day by lifting up those we love, mindful of the grace bestowed upon us by God and by all who have made our lives richer with their presence.

President Barack Obama, in his 2012 Thanksgiving Day proclamation.

Opinion of the Day:

The Church of England's General Synod was held in London this week.

CNN: My Take: Vote on female bishops flawed
Danielle Elizabeth Tumminio, an ordained Episcopal Church priest and the author of "God and Harry Potter at Yale: Teaching Faith and Fantasy Fiction in an Ivy League Classroom," dissects the Church of England’s decision on Tuesday not to allow women to serve as bishops.

Join the conversation…

Smoke billows from a spot targeted by the Israeli military inside the Gaza Strip last week.

CNN: Name of Israel’s anti-Hamas operation has biblical meaning
To English speakers, the name of Israel’s anti-Hamas campaign sounds pretty straightforward: “Operation Pillar of Defense.” But reading the name of the Israeli operation in Hebrew might provoke some head-scratching. In Hebrew, the Israel Defense Forces have branded their recently launched anti-Hamas effort as “Operation Pillar of Cloud.”

- CNN's Laura Koran

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  1. hippypoet

    Morals are what is good and what is bad, but they are more then just that. They are subject to change as well for what is accepted as good or bad is at the whim of society. To think that you are a moral person because you believe in god and get your sense of right and wrong, good and bad, from the bible... then it pains me to have to say that those were indeed morals of the day...2000 years ago. However, today we live by different standards. There are those that would have us live by those morals of 2000 years ago. I say give them land, let them live their lives as they would. Call it an experiment and the results will speak volumes of the sad sadistic nature that is the human condition.
    Quote from –
    The Hippy Poet.

    November 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  2. lionlylamb

    My Word Which Lays Upon Truths Opening the Door

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

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

    John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world!"

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

    Can one body of people not change that which was declared to be biblically so written? Wherein the biblical can prophesying though forewarned be outwitted should warnings be prophetically heeded? Is it righteously endeavouring to wantonly fulfill a religiously and historically imbedded future thought just because it is so Jewishly written? Should not a people of uncommon intellect become intellectually mundane just to satisfy Jewish based biblical prophecies? Wherethen lays the lands ending of aberrance foretold of wanton Jewish means? Who are the lands beneficiaries should war bemoan them and all do die out due and thru warring? Hell knows no other ways but to willfully and wantonly fulfill the Word, the Jewish Gospel!

    Manly made Gods in name onliness euphemisms have become false-cherishing Jew-based sublimations not to be subliminally outdone by anothers' naming of God such as Elohim or Jehovah or Yahweh etc etc. Is it not of more-so importance to write or make small-talk toward others to 'menstruatively' condition the morals of youthfulness than to bicker and banter about as elder-aged 'gossipers' seeking shadowy umbrage praises of youth-based others to justify their own elder selfishness sakes? Who therefore is to be pitied more, the one behind the podium with playing cards or the audience who does sit in waiting to be as leavened bread ever to rise up in unison?

    The christian word of truth being the wordage of condensed obligatory jewish gospels to which are now way too varyingly many to be had and can no more be held up in tumbling weighty agonies of self-righteousness sakes. To the christians; "The troubles with faithless and unfaithful trinitarians, those who belly-up to one god times three is, they read but only into it and get very little out of what they make 'gospel' in treacherously unsound morbid amplifications of unblessed pleasings by the manly adaptive and grudgingly adopted childishness views of Godly egregious moralisms."

    The christian rudimentary and timid preaching practices in devilish tongues beatifies only the lecherously dumb-hearted relics, those aged heartburns of their jew-based christiandumbness's idiosyncratic marmoset-like redundancies. Their godly embittered and fettered moralisms are but self-centered and selfishly censored upon age old redundant principles that are remorsefully archaic in round-about sciatic cultured replicants behooving those old fuddy duddies who fumble ever for their next glass worth of wine! Drunk and in temperamental stupors are the emotionally fallen within biblically jewish-rooted christiandumbs folds becoming sciatic pragmatisms unworthy of even one toasting for, but rather for the many to be rightly toasting against!"

    In retrospect, Godless bemoans and bewails the ungodly. For these are the choices from which commonwealth atheists do make felt upon their retrospective and habitual senses denying the goodly upon ever moving towards the ways of godly intent. Many young-bucks of godlessness and the ungodliness sensually tenders to avail themselves with the nailed doldrums' sciatica.They do abound with much societal unpleasantries toward the abaters of commonly wanton deniabilities against them. Ungodly and godless beings of smirked violaters of randomized intention-abilities are meant only as austerities of servile subversions. Their subversive deniabilities are not without compromising or so they do entail and also do weave upon the where-with-all of seasoned papacies irreversibly mandated.

    Likewise, the mockeries of these godless and ungodly against the goodly who themselves tenderly believe upon godly importance. The goodly ones may well live on to pass all and give bridled leverages onto every generation's aged continuations. How else could Life Truly End and Real Living Thusly Begin? To believe or not believe for these are Life's choices. Christ Jesus came to this world to condemn it and yet did He come here to also show how tenderly are generous mercies shown upon those otherly ones being most merciful to others who did so shower mercy to be so freely given by those being most merciful! Again I do say to believe or not believe for these are Life's choices. Still yet and forever onwards many generations are to be favoringly found in many a mercies, for the mercifilled ambiences are one of our Life's greatest treasures and livings' sweetest unending rewards upon the most needy of the poorest in spirits.

    For God does never change His spiritualism and His Holy Spirit is the Great Sea of Absolute Nothingness! Always was and is and will ever be no matter what smatterings of materialized shapes do tend to seemingly clutter up His unending spiritual abundancy! It is truth that God has troubles within the fractal paradigms of inwardness's inter-cellular cosmologies as protrutions of insolent 'activists' that are sometimes revolting against the grains of our embodied sanctifications creating many unrighteous undulations of physical travesties not uncommonly being viewed by us celestial beings as being viral and even bacteriological in the way we understand things to be and therefore become.

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

    November 22, 2012 at 9:12 am |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    November 22, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Must you lie so?

      November 22, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • just sayin

      I wouldn't know truth or reality if it bit me in the ass. I prefer my psychotic delusions.

      November 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • just sayin

      There is a wonderful joy of prayer known to quite a few. This very day as we all thank God that joy is there for you. God bless

      November 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
    • Stating the obvious

      Why would a god who intends to napalm me for the rest of eternity "be there for me"?

      November 23, 2012 at 2:09 am |
    • just sayin

      Pray and find out. God bless
      Hint: Start with the sinners prayer of repentance. God bless

      November 23, 2012 at 5:03 am |
    • TrollAlert

      "Ronald Regonzo" who degenerates to:
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      "John 3:16" degenerates to:
      "pervert alert" is the degenerate.

      This troll is not a christian

      November 26, 2012 at 9:12 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 26, 2012 at 9:17 am |
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